Representatives from 13 state and regional Angus associations attended the Angus Leaders' Boot Camp, Sept. 25-26, at the American Angus AssociationSM, Saint Joseph, Mo. The Angus Leaders' Boot Camp, which occurs every four years, is a unique experience for Angus leaders. Typically representing the leadership of their local, state and regional Angus associations, these leaders are given the opportunity to visit the American Angus Association headquarters for a two-day, Angus-based educational event. In turn, these leaders are charged with the responsibility to share their experiences with their respective Angus organizations.
This year's event kicked-off on Tuesday with an open house and tour of the Association. Delegates enjoyed the opportunity to network with fellow Angus leaders and gain a “behind the scenes” glimpse of the American Angus Association and Angus Productions Inc. (API), as they visited with the employees.
Wednesday's events featured a wealth of engaging presentations and discussions geared to motivate and educate attendees. John Crouch, Association, executive vice president, set the tone for the day's events with an inspirational welcome and overview of the day's schedule. Following that, attendees heard from a guest speaker, partook in an interactive question and answer session, received Association updates and were left with more encouraging words during concluding presentations.
Guest speaker, Dr. Tom Field, Colorado State University animal science professor, Fort Collins, Colo., gave opening and concluding presentations, including “Building Leaders for the Beef Industry” and “Make Success Happen in Your Organization.” Field's presentations applied insight on organizational dynamics to the leadership roles of Boot Camp attendees, as he discussed oftentimes overlooked leadership perspectives and approaches.
Specifically, Field's talks highlighted combining leadership and followership within an organization (utilizing all members of an organization to accomplish tasks); developing and committing to accountability measures—including mission & vision statements, as well as goal setting; encouraging out-of-the-box thinking and information seeking as a means toward sustaining success; and most importantly, embracing the fun in the work experience—and developing a passion for that work—as a method to performing ones' best.
Boot Camp attendees also utilized the opportunity to seek and share each others' wisdom during a moderated discussion on the present and future roles of associations. Serving as moderator for the interactive session, Bill Bowman, Association vice president, information and data programs, challenged the leaders to consider the discussion as an information tool to be used for success at the state level.
Attendees obtained further information and learned of available Association resources during presentations by Association departments and its entities. Departmental updates by Association staff, as well as updates by the Angus Foundation, API, and Certified Angus Beef LLC, provided attendees with a stronger understanding of the role the Association's departments and entities play in their associations.
At the conclusion of the Boot Camp, an enthusiastic group of Angus leaders were left empowered by a wealth of information and insight provided by the day's presentations and discussion.
The American Angus Association is the world's largest beef breed organization, providing programs and services to thousands of commercial producers and more than 34,000 members nationwide. Its headquarters are located in Saint Joseph, Mo.
A complete list of attendees follows: Doug Williams, Milan, Ga.; Brian Finnestad, Cordova, Ill.; Mike Haag, Plymouth, Ind.; Jeff Sherfield, Spencer, Ind.; Kirk Brandt, Corning, Iowa; Gene Barrett, Grantvill, Kansas; Dennis Huck, Coldwater, Kansas; Anne Lampe, Scott City, Kansas; Anne Clark, Sharpsburg, Ky.;Todd Jeffries, Canmer, Ky.; Henry Smith, Russell Springs, Ky.; Myron Kennedy, Brookeville, Md.; Chip Smallwood, Dickerson, Md.; Cheryl Evans, Winona, Miss.' Mike Howell, Baldwyn, Miss.; Max Creason, Cowgill, Mo.; Josh Worthington, Dadeville, Mo.; Vernon Yager, Sturgeon, Mo.; Dick Hollman, Hallam, Neb.; Stewart Hartwell, Oakland, Neb.; Lon Hawkins, Cherokee, Okla.; Gaye Pfeiffer, Mulhall, Okla.; Carol Smith, Claremore, Okla.; Sandra Kittley, Weatherford, Texas; Randy Roden, Grandview, Texas; Jaime Roden, Grandview, Texas; Jerry Gustin, Gloucester, Va.; Steve Furrow, Rocky Mount, Va.