WASHINGTON, D.C. – Aaron Hobbs has resigned as president of the Responsible Industry for a Sound Environment (RISE), the RISE Governing Board announced in its June 10 Member Alert.
Hobbs had been RISE President since 2010, after taking over for long-time president Allen James. Prior to becoming president, Hobbs served as RISE director of legislative affairs and grassroots outreach.
In the Member Alert, RISE wrote, “During his tenure, Aaron created a strategic plan that has guided the organization’s tactical investments for the past five years. Aaron helped lead the RISE team’s development of the DebugtheMyths campaign, the ANDnotOR campaign, and helped sharpen the issues management focus for specialty pesticides and fertilizer.”
Hobbs wrote in the Member Alert that he is leaving RISE with mixed emotions. “After 10 great years, it is the right time to take on a new opportunity. It has been a pleasure and honor to work with, and for you, this past decade. We've grown our industry, faced many challenges, and enjoyed many successes. You have a great team to carry you into the future beginning with your peers serving on the Governing Board and Strategic Oversight Council and the staff team in Washington. I'm proud of our time together and wish you all success in the future. I look forward to staying in touch with many of you and continuing to enjoy the value of our industry where we live, work, and play.”
The RISE Governing Board has named a transition committee that will be working with CropLife America to evaluate ways to enhance the service provided to RISE Members and the specialty pesticide and fertilizer industry.