As 2023 takes shape, we are excited about God’s provision of two Directors leading the charge into the future: Patrick Trail, and Larry Comstock.
Patrick Trail has been part of our team for more than
seven years. As the Regional Director, Patrick will be
responsible for overseeing the strategy, networking,
and operations of the Asia Regional Impact Center.
His strong leadership skills, networking, and deep
understanding of our mission will be invaluable in
driving growth and success.
“Greetings from Chiang Mai. I am thrilled to be
stepping into this role! I look forward to crossing
paths with many of you, whether here at the ECHO
Asia Small Farm Resource Center or throughout
the region. I value your contributions and service to
the marginalized of this region, your participation
in our training and networking forums, and the
innovative practices, techniques, and technologies
that many of you possess. Please keep sharing!”
Patrick is originally from Louisiana, USA, but spent
most of his growing-up years in southern Africa.
After completing an undergraduate degree in
International Development, he returned to Virginia
Tech to complete a Master’s degree in Crop & Soil
Environmental Sciences, while working on a Feed
the Future project in Senegal. Before moving to
Asia, Patrick participated in ECHO’s internship
program as the ‘Tropical Monsoon’ intern. Patrick
has worked with the ECHO Asia team in Thailand
for the past 7 years, first as a Technical Advisor and,
more recently, as the Extension Coordinator and
member of the Interim Management Team.
Larry Comstock joins ECHO as the Director of
Advancement, based out of ECHO Florida. Larry
will lead the Advancement team in sharing the
“Why” of ECHO’s mission.
He joined ECHO in February 2023, after ten
years in senior development positions at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and World Vision.
Prior to that, he had a long career in the financial
services industry. He has seen first-hand the impact
of Christian philanthropy and expertise on smallholder farmers and their families. Larry is committed
to Henri Nouwen’s approach to fundraising as a ministry to both donors and beneficiaries. A
graduate of Brown University (BA) and Tuck School
of Business at Dartmouth College (MBA), Larry lives
in Naples, Florida with Alison, his wife of 43 years.