Kansas City, Mo. – Jerry Etheredge, Montgomery, Ala., was elected president of the Livestock Marketing Association (LMA). In this role, Etheredge will complete a two-year term leading the nation's largest livestock marketing trade association that represents more than 800 local livestock auction markets and allied businesses.

Growing up in the cattle industry, Etheredge's first exposure to livestock auction markets was as a cattle producer utilizing his local market for the sale of calves he'd raised. On the livestock marketing industry, Etheredge was “in love with the auction market and role of the auctioneer.” Today, he owns and operates two livestock markets, Montgomery Stock Yards, LLC in Montgomery, Ala. and Linden Stock Yards, Inc. in Linden, Ala.

At the 2016 LMA Annual Convention, Etheredge challenged current LMA members to call on fellow Association members to become more involved in the organization. Additionally, the new president commented on issues at hand, saying that LMA membership must think about them from a generational perspective.

Of those issues, Etheredge elaborated on LMA's work toward Packers and Stockyards Act modernization and development of the newly announced Pat Goggins Leadership in Livestock Marketing Seminar, a leadership program for the younger generation of market owners/operators.

“The changes we (LMA) are working toward will help those of us in business today and the ones who will be getting into the livestock marketing business.”

LMA Board of Directors Elections

Tom Frey, Creston, Iowa was elected Vice President of LMA. Larry Schnell, Dickinson, N.D., joined Mark Barnett, Guthrie, Ky., as Regional Directors on the Executive Committee. At the conclusion of his 2014-2016 presidential term, Dan Harris, Holton, Kan., became Chairman of the Board. Tim Starks, Cherokee, Okla., has transitioned from Chairman of the Board to Immediate Past Chairman of the Board and will serve a two-year term.

Directors from the Western Region: Joe Goggins, Billings, Mont.; Jake Parnell, Galt, Calif.; and David Macedo, Tulare, Calif. Goggins and Parnell will serve one-year terms; Macedo will serve a two-year term.

Directors from the Midwestern Region: Clay Myers, Texhoma, Okla.; Mike Van Maanen, Bowling Green, Mo.; and Larry Schnell, Dickinson, N.D. Myers and Van Maanen will serve a one-year term; Schnell will serve a two-year term.

Directors from the Eastern Region: Mark Barnett, Guthrie, Ky.; Brian Glick, Belleville, Pa.; and Randy Heselschwerdt, Napoleon, Mich. Barnett will serve a one-year term; Glick and Heselschwerdt will serve two-year terms.

About the Livestock Marketing Association

The Livestock Marketing Association (LMA), headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri, is North America's largest membership organization dedicated to supporting, representing and communicating with and for the entire livestock marketing sector. LMA has more than 800 member businesses across the United States and Canada. For more information, visit

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