Lyons joins Farm Bureau senior leadership team

Paul Lyons of South Charleston has been named vice president of membership for Ohio Farm Bureau Federation. As a member of Executive Vice President Adam Sharp’s cabinet, Lyons will be responsible for developing and leading comprehensive membership strategies; managing services that are essential to members; overseeing field operations, membership sales efforts and health benefits programs; and managing regional supervisors and the field team.  

Lyons joined the Ohio Farm Bureau staff in 1994 as an organization director serving four counties in northwest Ohio. In 1999 he became a regional supervisor responsible for organization directors in multiple counties. In 2016 he became senior director of membership. Prior to his Farm Bureau career he worked as a veterinary technician, farm store assistant manager and lawn service territory manager.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in agriculture from Ohio State University and an associate’s degree from Columbus State Community College in applied science in animal health. He is a member of the South Charleston United Methodist Church where he served as a trustee, finance chair and as a member of the choir. He was involved with Southeastern Athletic Boosters and served as president of the South Charleston Community Club and as a trustee for the South Charleston Community Park. He and his wife, Diane, are the parents of one son.   

Lyons’ new role is a part of Sharp’s actions to realign staff teams and departments around key strategic plan areas of advocacy, membership, communications, financial strength, strategic partnerships and organizational excellence. The process began shortly after Sharp was named OFBF executive vice president in 2016.

Ohio Farm Bureau is the state’s largest and most inclusive farm and food membership organization. Its mission is working together for Ohio farmers to advance agriculture and strengthen our communities.

This is a news release for use by journalists. Questions should be directed to Joe Cornely, 614-246-8230.

Editors: high resolution photo of Mr. Lyons is available to accompany this story.

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