Falls Church, Va. (September 4, 2018)—The U.S. Apple Association has named Knouse Foods executive Craig Hinkle to the position of treasurer of the organization. Hinkle, a lifelong Pennsylvanian, has served on the USApple board since 2015.

Hinkle is both vice president of finance and treasurer of Knouse Foods, which is located in Peach Glen, Pa.  Hinkle began work with Knouse Foods in 1991 and has served in various facets of the business. He was named treasurer in 2006 and vice president of finance in 2015.

Knouse, owned by more than 150 fruit growers throughout the Appalachian region and Michigan, is best known to the public by its brand names Lucky Leaf®, Musselman’s®, Apple Time®, Lincoln® and Speas Farm®.

“As a board member, Craig’s passion for the apple industry, coupled with his business know-how, has made him an invaluable asset to our organization,” said USApple President and CEO Jim Bair. “In his role as treasurer he will help ensure that grower dollars are being stewarded carefully.”

A member of Financial Executives International and the National Society of Accountants for Cooperatives, Hinkle earned an accounting degree from Shippensburg University, followed by a Master’s of Business Administration from Pennsylvania State University.

Hinkle is one of many Pennsylvanians who have served USApple in a leadership capacity. Mark Boyer, co-owner of Fishertown-based Ridgetop Orchards, just last month concluded his term as chairman of the USApple board of directors.