National FFA Organization names director of Information Technology

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Duane Brodt
Marketing and Communications
National FFA Organization

INDIANAPOLIS (Tuesday, April 2, 2013/National FFA Organization) – A veteran information technology professional has been named director of information technology at the National FFA Organization.

In his role, Joel Gibbons manages and directs the Information Technology division, which is responsible for the technology infrastructure for the organization’s staff and facilities. He also manages application development and system integration efforts for all major organizational systems, including PeopleSoft, Exchange, a SharePoint-based intranet, a SharePoint-based public-facing website and portal, e-commerce and a customer relationship management system.

He is also the corporate compliance officer for the organization, responsible for auditing technology systems and business processes to ensure and maintain compliance. Major compliance efforts revolve around credit card and other financial data security and initiatives to keep personally identifiable data secure for nearly 560,000 FFA members in the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands and other stakeholders.

Additionally, Gibbons is involved with emergency planning and communications for the annual National FFA Convention & Expo, which draws more than 55,000 FFA members, teachers, exhibitors and sponsors.

In his 14 years with the National FFA Organization, Gibbons has served in the Information Technology department in a variety of roles, including help desk manager, technology trainer, business analysis, project manager and manager of the application development team.

Originally from Western Springs, Ill., Gibbons earned a bachelor’s degree in biblical studies from Milligan College in Johnson City, Tenn., and a master’s degree in business administration from Indiana Wesleyan University.

He is certified as a PCI Professional and a PCI Internal Security Assessor and is a member of the Society for Corporate Compliance and Ethics and Society for Information Management. He serves on the board of directors for his Home Owners Association and on the board of directors at the Master’s Study, a 501(c)3 classical Christian tutelage school.

A resident of Indianapolis, Gibbons resides with wife Rochelle. The couple has two young children.

The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 557,318 student members in grades seven through 12 who belong to one of 7,498 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

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About National FFA Organization
The National FFA Organization is a national youth organization of 557,318 student members as part of 7,498 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. The National FFA Organization operates under a federal charter granted by the 81st United States Congress and it is an integral part of public instruction in agriculture. The U.S. Department of Education provides leadership and helps set direction for FFA as a service to state and local agricultural education programs. For more, visit the National FFA Organization online at, on Facebook, Twitter and the official National FFA Organization blog.