Professional Development Award Winners Announced

Written by NAMA on Friday, September 4, 2015 , 10:06 am

NAMA is pleased to announce the winners of the 2015 Professional Development Awards. Each year, NAMA recognizes industry leaders at the very top of their respective fields. These prestigious awards acknowledge excellence in the areas of marketing communications, sales and public relations.

christine-hart-nielandThe 2015 Marketing Communications award recipient is Christine Hart-Nieland, Senior Account Manager at Brighton Agency. An agri-marketing veteran of nearly 25 years, today Chris is on the Brighton Ag Leadership team and directs several key brands for Monsanto. She’s also a devoted parent and spends much of her time mentoring young people. Christine is active in NAMA and recently served as chairman of NAMA’s annual conference. She currently serves as vice chair on the Best of NAMA Committee.

MaryGordon_croppedThe Professional Development Award for Public Relations goes to Mary Gordon, Managing Supervisor, G&S Business Communications. She has successfully led the public relations campaigns for several strategic brands on behalf of her client, Syngenta, throughout her 13-year career at G&S Business Communications, but, most notably, within the past 18 months. Mary’s hard work and strategic recommendations for a three-pronged registration program to launch a new Syngenta corn herbicide were a great success. A longtime member of the Carolinas/Virginia NAMA chapter, Mary has served on her local Best of NAMA committee and serves as an exemplary agri-marketing role model to fellow NAMA members.

seaman_eloise_4CEloise Seaman is awarded the Professional Development Award for Sales. As Senior National Account Manager for Vance Publishing — Protein Group, she leverages her vast knowledge of livestock markets to benefit her accounts. Eloise also champions industry audience research that leads to new business and new product offerings for Vance. She’s served as president of Mo-Kan NAMA and currently serves as president of Florida NAMA.

The professional development awards of excellence will be presented at the 2015 NAMA Fall Conference in Denver. The honorees will receive their awards during a morning session on Wednesday, September 24th at The Curtis Hotel. For more information on the NAMA Fall Conference, visit

PDA Awards Nominations Due Friday!

Written by NAMA on Wednesday, July 22, 2015 , 10:06 am

The Professional Development Awards of Excellence honor NAMA members based on outstanding achievement in each of the Professional Development Areas (PDA). Awards of Excellence will be presented in the areas of (1) Marketing Communications, (2) Product/Species Management, (3) Public Relations and (4) Sales.

The deadline for submitting nominations for the Professional Development Awards of Excellence is July 24, 2015.  These awards will be presented at the 2015 Fall Conference, September 22 – 24, at The Curtis Hotel in Denver, CO.

Below is a list of the past Awards of Excellence recipients:

Marketing Communications
2014 – Ryan Parkin
2013 – Gary Sakin
2012 – Troy Schroeder
2011 – Margaret Fogarty
2010 – Scott McClure
2009 – Lou Ireland
2008 – Paul Redhage
2007 – Pete Kovac
2006 – Steve Engle
2005 – Bev Larson
2004 – Neil DeStefano
2003 – Sarah Vacek
2002 – Ken Anderson
2001 – Doug Headley

Product/Species Management
2014 – Kelly Smith
2013 – Zach Hetterick
2012 – Kevin Bien
2011 – Stephanie Gable
2010 – Elena Lindemann
2009 – Gary Robertson
2008 – No award was given in this area
2007 – Klaas Okkinga
2006 – No award was given in this area
2005 – Dennis Gehler
2004 – Wendy Elliott
2003 – Brian Markwardt
2002 – Tony Klemm
2001 – Tony Solon

Public Relations
2014 – Lisa Adams
2013 – Linda Romander
2012 – Justin Funk
2011 – Chuck Zimmerman
2010 – Sue Otten
2009 – Deron Johnson
2008 – Beth Andersen
2007 – Greg Smith
2006 – Barry Nelson
2005 – Janice Person
2004 – Kendal Frazier
2003 – Mike Ricciuto
2002 – David Buchholz
2001 – Ken Gordon

2014 – Gary Vorpahl
2013 – Jay Carlson
2012 – John Rozum
2011 – Sue Lee
2010 – Marvin Kokes
2009 – Pete Weil
2008 – Vernon Benes
2007 – Bill Heffron
2006 – Anita Vanderwert
2005 – Margaret Wallace Oldham
2004 – Allen Barkve
2003 – Cliff Becker
2002 – Bob Deiss
2001 – Tom Taylor

Nominees for the Awards of Excellence must be NAMA members. Nominators should target individuals with direct planning and execution responsibilities in the respective Professional Development Area from agribusiness and related companies. If you have any questions regarding these awards, please contact Jenny Pickett at

You can either download the nomination form in an Adobe PDF format or fill out the online nomination form.

Agribusiness Leader of the Year Award Winner

Written by NAMA on Tuesday, March 3, 2015 , 9:41 am

clinton lewisNAMA Honors Clint Lewis, Zoetis, with 2015 Agribusiness Leader of the Year Award

The National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA) has named Clint Lewis, Executive Vice President and President, U.S. Operations, Zoetis, as the 2015 Agribusiness Leader of the Year.

This award, which is NAMA’s highest honor, recognizes outstanding leadership in private, public or academic service and is conferred each year to a senior agribusiness executive who not only exemplifies excellence in agribusiness but has also made significant contributions to the industry. Now in its 15th year, the award will be presented at the Opening General Session of the 2015 Agri-Marketing Conference, “Growing Greatness,” April 16, 2015, in Kansas City, Mo.

Zoetis is the world’s largest animal health company, established when Pfizer announced that its animal health business would become an independent company. Mr. Lewis helped launch the entity and now oversees the management of the livestock (cattle, pork, and poultry) and companion animal (small animal and equine) businesses in the United States and is also responsible for leading the global genetics business.

Mr. Lewis has helped to spearhead Zoetis’ ongoing commitment to support and help advance the veterinarian and livestock producer profession to continuously raise the bar on animal health. Through funding student scholarships, internships, research fellowships and professional continuing education workshops, Zoetis does more to support the veterinarian and producer profession in the U.S. than any other company.

One example of this is the innovative Commitment to Veterinarians platform—a far-reaching, multi-dimensional strategy to address challenges facing the veterinary profession and help ensure its vibrant future—which was launched in 2010 under Mr. Lewis’ leadership. Today, under the auspices of the Commitment to Veterinarians platform, Zoetis donates millions of dollars and countless hours to supporting the profession. The Zoetis Commitment to Veterinarians Facebook community now boasts 170,000 engaged users—the largest such online community of veterinarians, technicians and allied audiences in the country. In addition, Zoetis’ widely popular “Veterinarians on Call” series on YouTube, designed to educate consumers on the important role of vets through a reality-TV approach, boasts more than 4.4 million views and 3,600 subscribers. The series also has a substantial role in educating consumers who are increasingly curious about how their food is produced.

Mr. Lewis has been at the forefront of advancing diversity in the veterinary and animal health professions, specifically in educating the next generation of veterinarians. For six consecutive years, Zoetis has invited second- and third-year students of veterinary medicine to apply for the Zoetis Veterinary Student Scholarship Program. Since the launch of the scholarship program in the fall of 2010, more than $2.7 million in scholarship funding has been awarded to more than 1,100 exceptional veterinary students.

As a member of Zoetis’ Executive Committee and immediate past chair of the Board of Directors for the Animal Health Institute (AHI), Mr. Lewis has played a key role in helping to advance legislation to support both veterinarian and livestock producer groups and to ensure support for animal care. A member of AHI since 2007, Mr. Lewis previously served as AHI  chair for the 20011-2012 term. AHI is the trade association for the animal health industry in the U.S., advocating on various issues important to the industry, including efficient and effective regulatory and approval processes by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Prior to his current position, Mr. Lewis served as president, U.S. Operations in the Pfizer Animal Health organization. He joined Pfizer Animal Health in 2007 after nearly 20 years in Pfizer’s human health operations.

NAMA Marketer of the Year Award Winner

Written by NAMA on Tuesday, March 3, 2015 , 9:40 am

PaulRedhage 1Paul Redhage Named 2015 NAMA Marketer of the Year

The National Agri-Marketing Association has announced Paul Redhage has been selected as the 2015 NAMA Marketer of the Year.

This recognition is the most prestigious honor awarded to an active member of the association and honors outstanding accomplishments in the field of agri-marketing. For more than 50 years NAMA has been encouraging and promoting excellence in the industry by recognizing outstanding professional accomplishments. The NAMA Marketer of the Year award will be presented during the Second General Session of the 2015 Agri-Marketing Conference, on Thursday, April 16, in Kansas City, Mo., and is sponsored by Agri Marketing magazine.

Until his retirement in January, 2015, Redhage served as Strategic Communications Manager for FMC Corporation.  FMC is a diversified chemical company serving agricultural, industrial and consumer markets around the world. He was a key contributor in making Authority® herbicide a leading brand in the soybean pre-emergent market and also helped elevate Authority as a “Top of Mind” brand in pre-emergents.

Redhage has distinguished himself amongst his peers throughout his career and has been recognized for his accomplishments. In 2012, he received the University of Missouri Ag Alumni Citation of Merit. He also received the NAMA Dilworth Award for Innovation in 2007/8, and was awarded NAMA Marketing Communicator of the Year in 2008/9.

Redhage’s professional experience includes crop protection products, animal health, livestock feeds, agricultural fertilizers and food manufacturing. Prior to joining FMC, he served as Communications Manager at BASF from 1990-2002, Senior Account Supervisor at Brighton Advertising from 1989-1990 and kicked-off his career as an Account Supervisor at Kenrick Advertising from 1985-1989.

Redhage has also been deeply involved and made significant contributions to the development of NAMA, especially during his year of service as National NAMA President in 2013. His outstanding campaign work with Capture LFR won Best of NAMA awards in 2012/13, and Authority was awarded Best of NAMA for ad campaigns in 2013.

For a number of years Redhage served as a senior judge for the prestigious Student NAMA Marketing Competition. He excelled in this role, in large part because of his passion for mentoring young professionals, but also because of his desire to “give back” to the industry he loves. He consistently received high marks from the students for his thorough consideration, his insightful questions and his fair criticism. This example demonstrates his exemplary character, contribution to the industry and passion for innovative marketing that sets him apart from his peers.

Agribusiness Leader/Marketer of the Year Awards

Written by NAMA on Wednesday, January 7, 2015 , 9:24 am

Don’t forget to nominate the cream of the crop – Agribusiness Leader of the Year and NAMA Marketer of the Year.  Check out a list of current and past winners for Agribusiness Leader of the Year and NAMA Marketer of the Year.

Winners of these prestigious awards will be honored at the 2015 Agri-Marketing Conference, April 15 – 17 in Kansas City, MO.  Celebrate the achievements and impressive careers of the very best in agriculture with NAMA.

Agribusiness Leader of the Year Application:

Please download the application in Adobe PDF format. Or fill out the online nomination form.

NAMA Marketer of the Year Application:

Please download the application in Adobe PDF format. Or fill out the NAMA Marketer of the Year online nomination form.

Submission deadline is January 16, 2015.

If you have any questions about these awards, please contact Jenny Pickett at (913) 491-6500 or

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