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AMERICAN ANGUS ASSOCIATION REALIGNS STAFF RESPONSIBILITIES

The American Angus AssociationSM announces staff realignments in an effort to better serve its members and the commercial producers who use Angus genetics. The changes are effective immediately, according to John Crouch, Association executive vice president.

      “As our Association continues to grow and change, so do our efforts to make sure we have the right people in the right positions to serve our membership,” Crouch says. “We have a talented group of staff in place, and we want to align our resources to provide emphasis and support to meet industry needs. These changes will allow the Association to continue to serve the industry in its leadership role.”

      Jim Shirley, in his role as vice president of Industry Relations, will continue to oversee the regional manager staff and AngusSource®, while coordinating special projects, including Outreach Seminars. In addition to these duties, he will assume the role of director of activities, where he will be active in the Association's participation in open Angus shows including the Roll of Victory (ROV) program.

      James Fisher will solely oversee junior programs as director of junior activities. He will be responsible for the programs of the National Junior Angus Association (NJAA), which includes more than 10,000 youth nationwide. He will continue to serve as the Association's liaison to the American Angus Auxiliary and Angus Foundation, as both groups work closely with the NJAA.

      Shelia Stannard continues her role as director of communications and events. She will coordinate all educational activities and events for the membership including the National Angus Conference and Tour, the Annual Convention of Delegates, Cattlemen's Boot Camps and other Association-sponsored events. She will continue to manage the communications department and will work closely with the Association's public relations efforts in concert with other staff.

      Ty Groshans will assume the duties of the director of commercial programs and assistant director of performance programs, where he will work closely with commercial producers using Angus seedstock to ensure they receive true value for their Angus genetics. He will coordinate Angus public relations efforts with other staff and Association entities to make sure that Angus remains at the forefront of the industry.

      To reach these or any of the Association staff, go to www.angus.org. The American Angus Association, with headquarters in Saint Joseph, Mo., provides programs and services to more than 34,000 members and thousands of commercial producers using Angus genetics in their herds.

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