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District Six Board of Directors

Larry Black is the operations manager for Ft. Meade’s Peace River Packing.

Black was elected to represent District 6 on the Mutual Board of Directors in 2008. He has a BS in citrus from Florida Southern College and an MBA from the University of South Florida.

Kenneth DeVane is a Fort Meade citrus grower and President of Kenneth DeVane Groves, Inc.

DeVane was elected in 2013 to serve District 6.

Kyle Story is the Vice President of The Story Companies.

Story started working with his family business in Lake Wales when he was in high school. With a background in agriculture, it has become his passion. As the youngest of 5 children, he quickly took charge and has displayed his business knowledge and leadership skills over the past 10 years working in his current position for The Story Company. The Story Companies own and/or manage more than 7,000 acres throughout Central and South Florida. Since 1945 these family owned and operated corporations include land holdings, citrus management, citrus marketing and harvesting of quality citrus in Florida. The companies also have peach orchards in Polk County.

Kyle has served the industry and his community in numerous capacities. Most notable recent activities is being a young leader on the local, state and federal levels for the Young Farmer’s and Ranchers as well as his involvement with the Lake Wales Family YMCA. Kyle also works diligently to promote the ag industry and advocate for the private property rights. He recently hosted the United State Department of Agriculture and member of the California citrus industry for site visits in a Lake Wales grove to evaluate citrus greening and its effect on Polk’s crops.

Story was elected to serve District 6 in 2015.

James “Mark” Wheeler is the C.F.O. of Wheeler Farms, Inc. headquartered in Lake Placid.

Wheeler also serves as a director of Wheeler Brothers, Inc. a family-held citrus contract-harvesting corporation and is president of the Hardee Livestock Market, Inc. in Wauchula, Florida. Additionally, Wheeler serves as president of the Boston Mining company, a citrus, real estate and cash investment organization.