Bill Qualls has been selected by the Board of Directors as the new Executive Director of ResponsibleAg. His new responsibilities include recruiting for retailer and auditor, monitoring the quality assurance program as well as advising the board.
Most recently Qualls has been the Lead Auditor for Global Environmental, Health and Safety at the Eastman Chemical Company. He also serves as president of the Board of Directors of the Auditing Roundtable and on the Board of Governors of the Institute of Internal Auditors. His background includes a bachelors in chemistry and biology from Lyon College, a masters in environmental engineering from Oklahoma State University, and he is a Certified Professional Environmental Auditor. Qualls grew up on a small family farm in Arkansas.
“We are thrilled to welcome someone with Bill’s experience and skills as Executive Director,” said J. Billy Pirkle, Chairman of the Board of Directors. “His leadership and results-driven focus will help build on existing support and generate stakeholder recognition of ResponsibleAg.”
Qualls also expressed his excitement to be joining the team at ResponsibleAg.
“My goal is to encourage involvement in this worthwhile effort,” he said. “And to better equip fertilizer retailers with the tools to continuously improve their environmental, health and safety efforts so they are widely recognized as a model of compliance and trusted neighbors.”