As I prepare to write my first letter as Executive Vice President for the American Brahman Breeders Association I reflect on the past, present and the future. My love for Brahman Cattle and the ABBA started some 30 plus years ago when I showed my first Brahman heifer and it has continued now to my daughter that loves this breed.
For the past 22 years I have served as an Agricultural Educator serving as a high school Ag Science teacher, County Extension Agent, and most recently as an Extension Specialist for Veterinary Science with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. I hold a Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Philosophy from Texas A&M University and a Master of Science from Tarleton State University. I look forward to my new role as the EVP and I am very optimistic about the future of the ABBA.
During my presentation to the Board of Directors I listed the three most important things to me, and they are my faith, my integrity (which I feel like means you always do the right thing even when no one is watching), and of course my family, which many of you know, my wife Julie and daughter Jennifer.
As I look toward the future of the ABBA, I have listed some of my priorities for myself, the office staff and the Association.
- Maintain the integrity of the Brahman herd book
- Be proactive about promoting the Brahman breed
- Relevant research (we must measure)
- Addressing the needs of our membership
- Building relationships and collaborations with international Brahman breeders, commercial cattlemen, and state, national, and international cattle associations
I look forward to seeing old friends and meeting new ones as we start 2020. I am excited about the spring shows, field days, sales, ranch visits, and international travel.
See you down the road!!