U.S. Sugar recently announced that Ryan Duffy will be joining its team as the Director of Corporate Communications. He will assist in managing the company’s media relations and public outreach efforts, while providing strategic counsel on all public-facing corporate initiatives.
“We are pleased to add Mr. Duffy to U.S. Sugar’s leadership team, where he will help articulate the company’s positions and share our vision of sustainable American food production with all of our stakeholders,” Senior Director for Corporate Communications and Public Affairs Judy Sanchez said. “Through his corporate and political work, Duffy brings a wealth of talent and experience communicating for a variety of audiences that will be an asset to our company.”
Duffy is looking forward to his work with U.S. Sugar.
“It is truly an honor to work for an agribusiness that is not only steeped in history, but is also setting the standard in innovation among America’s sugarcane farming businesses,” Duffy said. “I look forward to joining a team of professionals that have helped to make U.S. Sugar as successful as it is today.”
Duffy is a Florida native who grew up in Port Charlotte. He currently serves as a vice president at Hill+Knowlton Strategies in Tallahassee and has worked closely with U.S. Sugar’s communications and public affairs teams for several years.
Duffy previously served as communications director to former House Speaker Will Weatherford and as a speech writer to former U.S. Sen. George LeMieux, U.S. Sen. Mel Martinez and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.
Duffy holds a master’s degree in political management from George Washington University and a bachelor’s degree from Florida State University. He is a member of the James Madison Institute Board of Advisors and a member of the Knights of Columbus.
Duffy was a recipient of the FSU Alumni Association’s 2013 “30 Under 30” Award and was also named one of Florida Politics’ “30 Under 30” rising stars in Florida politics. He and his wife Danielle have two children, four-year-old Cormac and two-year-old Donovan.
U.S. Sugar is a farming company that grows sugarcane, citrus and sweet corn. The company was founded in 1931 by a visionary leader who hailed from a long line of farmers.
Since the beginning, the company’s success has been rooted in traditional farming values and respect for the land. Today, the company helps to feed America by bringing crops from its farms to tables through innovative and sustainable farming practices.