Kevin Atticks

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Appointed February of 2023

Kevin Atticks was appointed Acting Secretary of Agriculture on Jan. 18, 2023. Prior to his appointment, Atticks was CEO (and founder) of Grow & Fortify, a firm that supports value-added agricultural organizations and the businesses they represent. Grow & Fortify published the first assessment of the state’s value-added agricultural industry, illustrating the expansive impact generated by this sector, which includes wineries, creameries, meat processing, agritourism, equine and dozens of other industry segments.

Atticks was also the Executive Director of the ϡȱ Wineries Association, Brewers Association of ϡȱ and the ϡȱ Distillers Guild, and served as the President of the ϡȱ Agricultural Resource Council, and the Chair of the WineAmerica State & Regional Associations Advisory Council.

Atticks also served on the University of ϡȱ College of Agriculture's Global Leadership Council, the board of Future Harvest and the board of the ϡȱ Tourism Coalition.

Originally from Bowie, ϡȱ, Atticks graduated with a journalism degree from Loyola University ϡȱ. Shortly thereafter, Atticks received a master's degree from the University of Colorado in Boulder, CO. He later earned his doctorate in communications design from the University of Baltimore. He holds an adjunct faculty position at Loyola University ϡȱ.

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