Mullen owns Mullen Farms Inc., Pasco, Wash., where he grows potatoes, sweet corn and onions. The Washington D.C.-based National Potato Council elected him president and leader of its executive committee at its annual meeting Jan. 11-12.
Fresh potato exports to Mexico are a priority on Mullen’s short list, he said in the news release announcing his election. He said he wants to move several key issues “over the finish line” during his 12-month term.
He will continue to serve on the Washington State Potato Commission this year, where he has been a commissioner since 1998.
Mullen’s involvement with the National Potato Council began in 1997 as a state representative to the council. He has served on the board of directors, as vice president of committees for growers, public relations and legislative affairs. Most recently Mullen was first vice president of the council’s executive committee.
Other industry members from Washington state elected to the council’s board of directors include: Jared Balcom, Balcom & Moe Inc., Pasco; Ellie Charvet, Mercer Canyons, Pasco; Nelson Cox, Nelson Cox Farms Inc., Warden; Cully Easterday, Easterday Farms, Pasco; Bob Halvorson, R & R Halvorson Inc., Yakima; Darrin Morrison, Morrison Farms, Mount Vernon; and Ted Tschirky, Sand Ridge Farms, Inc., Connell.