Officers


Justin Swanson
President

Justin Swanson, Principal at Bose Public Affairs Group and Partner at Bose McKinney & Evans, has developed a unique multi-dimensional government affairs practice that leverages his public policy expertise with traditional legal skills to effectively advance the interests of his diverse set of clients. Swanson is also co-founder and President of the Midwest Hemp Council, which is the leading trade organization that is working to build and connect the hemp supply chain in the Midwest.

Swanson has emerged as one of the country’s leading hemp lobbyists and hemp lawyers. He successfully led lobbying efforts to ensure the state would be the primary regulator of hemp production in Indiana after the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill. Swanson also led a legal team that successfully challenged a state law that criminalized part of the hemp plant, which was the first of its kind legal question.

In 2019, the Indiana Lawyer recognized Swanson as an Up and Coming Lawyer, an award bestowed on just 15 attorneys each year. The Hemp Connoisseur also identified Swanson as “100 People You Should Know” in 2019. Swanson was included in the 2021 Best Lawyers in America® Ones to Watch Lists, a recognition given to attorneys who are earlier in their careers for outstanding professional excellence in private practice in the United States.


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Jamie Campbell Petty
Executive Director / Treasurer

Jamie Campbell Petty built her career as a successful litigation paralegal that continued to evolve over 20 years, while also volunteering in various service roles to support youth, as well as her own military community. Jamie now resides on a small, but ever-expanding farm in rural Indiana, where she and her husband are learning to depend upon smaller living systems.

Jamie’s lifelong appreciation for agriculture shows in her countless victories for industrial hemp in Indiana and nationally. Coupled with her desire to serve, Jamie founded the Indiana Hemp Industries Association (INHIA) in 2014 and assembled a strong team of volunteers. INHIA became the recognized leader in education and networking.  

In 2018, Jamie teamed with longtime hemp advisor Alan Kimbell and attorney Justin Swanson to form Midwest Hemp Council. Through tireless effort, Midwest Hemp Council has successfully lobbied for Indiana’s hemp legislation, contributed to regulatory development and continues to support efforts to remove unnecessary barriers for farmers and retailers. Jamie has fostered partnerships with Midwest agriculture leaders, while building out the Midwest Hemp Council that interconnects businesses, organizations and community outreach. Midwest Hemp Council continues to educate and communicate, while focusing on building a strong economy in the Midwest region and beyond.

Along with serving as Executive Director for the Midwest Hemp Council, Jamie is a Policy Specialist at Bose Public Affairs Group. She was named "100 People to Know in Hemp" by Hemp Connoisseur Magazine 2018. Jamie currently serves on the Board of Directors for Friends of Hemp and National Hemp Association's Standing Committee of Hemp Organizations. Jamie recently joined Hemp Brand Builders, founded by Midwest Hemp Council Board Member David King, as Director of Operations


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Alan Kimbell
Secretary
Alan Kimbell is retired Vice President for Marketing, IWC Resources Corporation, Indianapolis, a water utility holding company sold in 1997 to NiSource, Inc. Prior business experience includes industrial sales assignments for A. E. Staley Manufacturing Company, and as an independent marketer of food ingredients, having established Indiana Marketing Associates, Inc., Indianapolis, in 1965.

After serving from 1969-1972 as Director of Public Safety for the City of Indianapolis, he was elected to two terms in the Indianapolis City-County Council, 1972-1979. From 1980 to 1988, he served as Deputy Executive Director for Marketing, Indiana Department of Commerce, leading the Divisions of Agriculture, Industrial Development, International Trade, and Tourism. From 1989 to1993, Mr. Kimbell was a member of the USDA Agribusiness Promotion Council.

Mr. Kimbell is currently non-executive Chairman of Distribution Management Associates, Inc. Indianapolis, and serves as Vice Chairman and Treasurer of Indians, Inc., Indianapolis' International League Baseball Club. He is a graduate of Middlebury College (1953), and is a 2004 recipient of a Distinguished Service Award in Food Science from Purdue University.

 


Board Members


David King
Hemp Products Store Brand Builders

David King has over 20 years of sales and management experience in store brands, marketing, sales strategies development, implementation and managing short-range and long-range business development objectives for a number of companies selling all natural products either direct-to-consumer or via a distributor.

He has worked directly with growers and producers and maintains a stellar reputation as a visionary for sales development and distribution. Served, under contract, as CEO for Allied Food Marketing representing Perdue Foods, Clifty Farm and Field/Fisher Meats. Over the course of his career, he has opened sales and distributions venues for products to nearly every major retailer in North America, and has decades of experience in taking store brand products to mainstream supermarkets and specialty markets.

His excellent procurement skills help small and emerging companies with grassroots applications, and he excels at solving complex organizational challenges and motivating staff to peak performance - beyond the lines of management levels, diverse cultures and geographic locations.

King is a member of the PLMA, OTA, HFC, National Hemp Association, Specialty Food Coalition, Food & Beverage Network and IFT.


Drew Ponder
Bowman Family Holdings

Drew is a Business Development Executive at Bowman Family Holdings, Inc., a company focused on agribusiness Development with additional investments in commercial properties.  Drew excels at seeing the big picture when searching for business opportunities.  Specifically, Drew works to integrate opportunities into the overall business strategies of the corporation, bringing together diverse people and companies into an agribusiness focused environment.  Drew augments his vision with a passion for hands-on learning about the business, working on site to bring color to the numbers.  Having grown up on a farm and worked with both livestock and in the fields, Drew can relate first-hand to the modern struggles and barriers for Midwest farmers.