OK Farm Bureau Says Kouplen, Kisling Appointments Good for State's Ag Industry, Rural CommunitiesThu, 03 Jan 2019 14:49:44 CST
Governor-elect Kevin Stitt announced today the appointment of Sean Kouplen as the next Secretary of Commerce and Workforce Development, a cabinet position that will require Senate confirmation, and the hiring of Brent Kisling as the next executive director of the Department of Commerce.
After the announcement was made, President of the Oklahoma Farm Bureau Rodd Moesel spoke with Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays about the appointments and what they mean for Oklahoma ag industry and its rural communities. Listen to their complete conversation by clicking or tapping the LISTEN BAR below at the bottom of the page.
“They’re both great selections. They both have a long history in Oklahoma agriculture and come from great agricultural families and are great products of Oklahoma State University,” Moesel said. “We’re really excited to have the chance to work with both of them.”
Moesel highlighted Kisling’s previous experience leading the statewide federal Rural Development program out of Stillwater, Okla. where he says Kisling acquired an impressive track record of success. With this experience and knowledge of Oklahoma’s rural communities, Moesel says Kisling will bring with him significant support for rural Oklahomans to this job.
“We think a lot more attention will be paid to economic development in rural Oklahoma with Brent having a real understanding of those communities,” he remarked. “Sean as Secretary will - again with a tremendous history in banking and helping businesses grow - the two of them together are going to bring tremendous insight and vision and give agriculture and rural Oklahoma a seat at the table like they probably haven’t had at that agency in a very long time.”
Both men have strong ties to the Oklahoma Farm Bureau as well. The fathers of both Kouplen and Kisling have held leadership roles within the organization. Sean’s father, Steve Kouplen, is a Past President of OKFB and Brent’s father, Keith Kisling, currently serves a member of the OKFB board of directors.
Check out the complete statement from Governor-elect Kevin Stitt’s office announcing the appointments, by clicking here.
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