TULARE, Calif. -- Jerry Sinift has been named interim general manager of the International Agri-Center, replacing Gary Schulz who resigned earlier last week.

"He brings a wealth of experience and a fresh vision to this position," Agri-Center board president, Jerry Magoon, said in making the announcement.

Sinift, who was an exhibitor at World Ag Expo for over 20 years, served as chairman of the World Ag Expo Exhibitor Advisory Committee from 1995 to 2000.

For the past five years, he has been part of the Agri-Center staff, ably fulfilling the double duties of assistant general manager and facilities director. He continues to work arm-in-arm with 2006 World Ag Expo chairman, Erin Ferguson, putting the finishing touches on the annual ag trade show, the largest of its kind.

Sinift was born and raised in Tulare, Calif.

2006 World Ag Expo is scheduled for Feb. 14-16, 2006.

SOURCE: International Agri-Center news release.