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Michael W. Sparks

Michael W. Sparks has served the Florida citrus industry for more than 35 years. Since June 2006, he has been Executive Vice President and CEO of Florida Citrus Mutual. In that role, he is responsible for the overall execution of the organization’s mission and strategy. Sparks manages all state and federal lobbying activities as well. He also serves as Mutual’s primary contact for other industry, educational, governmental and allied organizations in order to further the interest of the Florida citrus growers. Sparks reports to Florida Citrus Mutual’s Board of Directors.

Prior to Mutual, Sparks represented Florida’s multi-billion dollar citrus industry during nearly three decades at the Florida Department of Citrus (FDOC), the state agency charged with marketing Florida citrus products. Sparks held various senior management positions at the FDOC over the years. He began his career working as an auditor for Florida’s Office of the Auditor. He holds a B.A. in Accounting and a Masters degree in Public Administration from the University of South Florida. Sparks is married and has two children and four grandchildren.

Email Mike Sparks at mikes@flcitrusmutual.com


Lauren Benning

Lauren Benning is the Executive Assistant to the Executive Vice President/CEO. She reports directly to the EVP/CEO. She primarily manages the CEO’s office and organizes various meetings including Board meetings. She manages the CEO’s schedule, travel, itineraries, agendas and communications. She organizes and coordinates executive outreach and external relations efforts. She compiles information for Mutual’s committee and board meetings including board meeting minutes. Lauren acts as a liaison between the EVP and members of Mutual’s board and other citrus industry organizations. Lauren joined Mutual in 2013.

E-mail Lauren Benning at laurenb@flcitrusmutual.com