CATCH THE BUZZ – Project Apis m. Announces Two New Board Members

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Dr. Gary Shilling (left) and Pat Heitkam (right), Project Apis m.’s newest Board members.

Paso Robles, CA— Project Apis m. (PAm) announces the appointment of two new members to the Board of Directors to advance Project Apis m.’s mission to fund and direct research to enhance the health and vitality of honey bee colonies while improving crop production.

Joining the Board of Directors are Pat Heitkam and Dr. A. Gary Shilling. “Our newest Board members bring a blend of talent and expertise, perspective from inside and outside the beekeeping industry. We are very fortunate to have them join PAm to strengthen and build our organization as we continue to support honey bees in agriculture,” said Christi Heintz, PAm Executive Director.

Gary Shilling is an acclaimed and accomplished economic forecaster and portfolio strategist. He studied physics at Amherst College and then completed MS and PhD degrees in Economics at Stanford. Prior to establishing A. Gary Shilling & Co, Inc., in 1978, he was an economist for companies including Standard Oil; White, Weld & Co.; and Merrill Lynch. He has been rated twice as Wall Street’s top economist. He is a frequent contributor to the financial press including the Wall Street Journal and The New York Times, and writes the “Financial Strategy” column for Forbes Magazine. He has been an avid beekeeper since 1990. He lives in Short Hills, New Jersey.

Pat Heitkam is the owner of Heitkam’s Honey Bees with his son Russell. He has 35 years of experience in beekeeping, pollination and queen production, and has served as President of the California Bee Breeders Association, California State Beekeepers Association, and the American Beekeeping Federation. He is currently Vice President of Bee Informed Partnership, Inc., a national project. He is motivated to give back to the industry and to see it thrive through research projects, developing more forage and habitat for bees, and supporting technology transfer throughout beekeeping. He lives in Orland, California.

Shilling and Heitkam join current PAm board members Dr. Gordon Wardell (Chairman), John Miller (CFO), Brent Barkman, Gene Brandi, Zac Browning, Doug Hauke and Dave Mendes. Project Apis m. is the largest non-governmental, non-profit honey bee research organization in the USA. Established by beekeepers and almond growers in 2006, PAm has infused over $4 million into bee research to provide growers with healthier bees resulting in better pollination and increased crop yields. PAm has personal relationships with the nation’s commercial beekeepers and the top bee scientists in the USA and Canada. In addition to funding a variety of research projects, PAm produces Best Management Practices for beekeepers and growers, provides Seeds for Bees to supplement bee forage in agriculture, and supports graduate students through scholarships to encourage their pursuit of science-based solutions to honey bee challenges.
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