Kloehn is currently the director of operations and has been working with GEAPS since 2007; when she started as manager of chapter services.
Having grown up on a family farm in central Minnesota, Kloehn’s roots are in agriculture.
Moreover, Julia has an extensive understanding of GEAPS’ current operations, history, and the strategic direction of GEAPS, which will provide a smooth transition to her new role.
“Julia has been the GEAPS backbone for more than a decade; she knows our history and understands our vision for the future,” said Barb Grove, chair of the GEAPS board.
Grove added that Julia is the epitome of GEAPS values of membership, inclusion, responsibility, intelligence, relationships, and agriculture matters. The board of directors is confident that Julia will keep the organization focused as it navigates the execution of a long-term plan.
GEAPS’ board of directors will continue to work on a transition plan for the long term as the selection of an executive director is one of its most critical duties.
GEAPS is an international professional association of grain handling and processing professionals that provides networking, professional development programs, and access to a global marketplace of industry suppliers.
In the execution of its objectives, GEAPS has had to weather many storms and go through various transitions, and the board of directors believes that Kloehn can lead the organization through such changes.
Steve Records, the former executive director, has led the organization since 2019, and he also served as CEO of GEAPS Media Group.
He will leave at the end of March to lead a global engineering association.
“It’s been my privilege to be part of GEAPS over the past 3.5 years. I am proud of the entire GEAPS team. Together we have had tremendous success,” Records said.
“While I am sad to be leaving amid the progress GEAPS has made, I am fully confident in the trajectory of the organization,” he added.
“We would like to thank Steve for looking beyond the status quo and imagining the potential of where GEAPS could go. He guided us to be a more engaged Board of Directors to better lead for our members,” said Grove.