Garrett Kelly checked a lot of the boxes when he interviewed for the position of public relations manager for public policy at Indiana Farm Bureau.
He had Farm Bureau ties, having previously worked for Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance during college and after graduation, starting in the call center and ending as a life services specialist.
He was both a writer and a social media specialist at Angie’s List. In his first position, he focused on outdoor topics for the company’s national print publications and website, and he was responsible for all social media sites in the second.
And he was the community manager at rEvolution, working for the Continental Tire and General Tire brands and responsible for display media, email marketing, social media planning and content strategy.
Kelly started his new position on July 31, just in time to participate in five state fair-related events: the governor’s luncheon, the Pork Breakfast, the opening ceremonies and working two shifts at the Farm Bureau Building.
This is how Kelly describes his role: “I work closely with the public policy team at INFB to share the news and stories that impact our members. A large part of my responsibilities are focused on writing and media relations.
“I keep members updated on important issues from conception to legislative progress. Educating members on issues keeps them informed and that’s essential in a grassroots organization,” he added.
“I enjoy meeting new people and learning more about agriculture. I’m excited to have the opportunity to work for a great organization with an important mission.”
He is from Whiteland, Indiana. He graduated from Franklin College with a journalism degree.
Kelly now lives in Greenwood with his wife, Jordan, and 11-year-old son, Bryson. He enjoys kayak fishing, playing basketball, reading and playing the ukulele with Bryson.
And he added that he is a Cincinnati Reds fan “to a fault.”