Title: Owner, President
Location: Meridian, Idaho, United States
L. Darwin McKay, Owner and President, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in agriculture.
Mr. McKay grew up on a farm, which naturally inspired his interest in agriculture. Deciding to pursue a career in the field, he attended the University of Idaho. There, he earned a Bachelor of Science in agricultural education and then a Master’s in agricultural education and food science. In 1973, he began his career as a high school teacher at Nampa High School. Mr. McKay remained there until 1980, which is when he started his turf farm. Since then, he has continued to excel as the president of The Turf Company. More recently, in 2000, Mr. McKay took on the role of owner and president at High Desert Turf.
Outside of his primary pursuits, Mr. McKay is active with Turf Producers International and the American Sod Producers Association, for which he currently sits on the board of directors. Moreover, he is a member of the advisory council for the horticulture department at Boise State University. Earlier, from 2006 until 2013, Mr. McKay was a board member for the Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Angeles, California. As a testament to his success, he was named as the Outstanding Vocational Agriculture Teacher by the American Vocational Association in 1980.
Looking toward the future, Mr. McKay sees himself selling his company to a new owner and dedicating himself to completing more service work. He has plans to connect with future growers of the industry and teach them the lessons that he learned along the way. Though he is considering retirement in the future, Mr. McKay would be happy to continue consulting with prominent turf companies. In his spare time, he enjoys quality time with his partner and fishing.
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