AFIA promotes Tumbarello, Keppy, Manriquez

Staff changes aim to better serve membership, industry

The American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) recently promoted three of its leading staff members to better serve its membership and the industry. The promoted staff will remain in their respective departments while working on new and ongoing projects within their areas of expertise.

Gina Tumbarello has been promoted to director of international policy and trade for AFIA. Tumbarello previously served as manager of international trade. She joined AFIA in September 2011, and was formerly employed by the U.S. Grains Council.

Tumbarello is responsible for leading the development of priority import and export issues for the global feed industry. She serves as the industry advocate, addressing trade constraints and communicating the interests of the feed, feed ingredient and pet food industries to various government agencies.

Paul Keppy, formerly the organization’s legislative and regulatory specialist, will now serve the organization as its government affairs specialist. Keppy joined AFIA in 2013 and assists AFIA membership to meet the compliance mandates of the current and new regulations on the horizon, such as the Food Safety Modernization Act. He is also very involved in the association’s legislative activities, state relations and its Nutrition Committee.

Keppy is an Iowa native where his family is involved in pork production. He holds bachelor’s degrees in economics and political science from Iowa State University, and a master’s degree in public service and administration from Texas A&M University.

Tracy Manriquez is AFIA’s new membership and communications specialist. Manriquez previously served as the membership and communications team coordinator. She has been with the association for more than three years, also serving as a liaison to the Board of Directors and as an assistant to AFIA President and CEO Joel G. Newman. Tracy is a graduate of Brigham Young University and has previously worked in the financial industry as a financial analyst, trader and support specialist for financial planning firms.