Retired Executive Director of NC Sweet Potato Commission; Current consultant for The Ruffian Agency
For more than 25 years, Sue Langdon has been closely involved with the agricultural production and marketing of sweet potatoes. Beginning in 1989, she served on the NC Sweet Potato Commission’s board of directors in the office of secretary. She was hired as the executive director in 1995 and has spearheaded the strategic programs, issues and policies of the NCSPC into prominence both domestically and internationally. Langdon has aided North Carolina’s annual sweet potato sales from $41.6 million to approximately $300 million in 2015. In 1995, North Carolina represented 38 percent of the U.S. sweet potato market, and today it represents nearly 50 percent of all sweet potatoes grown in the nation. Langdon has played a major role in establishing a continuously growing export market for sweet potatoes that is recognized in 17 foreign countries that includes the U.K. and Europe.