Welcome to the 2015 Executive Committee!

Written by NAMA on Tuesday, January 20, 2015 , 2:13 pm

Introducing the 2015 Executive Committee Members

The National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA) has introduced the 2015 Executive Committee members. Please welcome the officers below:

Marvin Kokes professional picPRESIDENT
Marvin Kokes, Rocky Mountain Chapter/NCBA

Marvin Kokes is the Senior Vice President of Industry and Member Services for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. His responsibilities include NCBA policy division revenues including membership, sponsorships, NCBA’s Cattlemen to Cattlemen sales, advertising sales, corporate membership, special projects, producer education, Beef Quality Assurance program and Conventions and Meetings.

Prior to joining NCBA in 1992, Marvin was a loan officer and field representative at the Production Credit Association in Monte Vista, CO and also at the Greeley, Colorado Farm Credit Services. Marvin grew up in northeastern Colorado on a cow-calf and dryland wheat operation, near the town of Crook. Marvin has a degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing from Colorado State University. He has two brothers who run the fourth generation commercial cow-calf operation and brothers-in-law who are farmer/feeders and commercial feedyard managers.

Matt Coniglio Profile PicturePRESIDENT-ELECT
Matt Coniglio, Chesapeake Chapter/Penton Farm Progress

Matt Coniglio is National Account Manager for Penton Farm Progress.

In this role he works with companies and agencies in the eastern half of the U.S. Together, they develop marketing strategies for campaigns utilizing the company’s suite of media options: print, digital, broadcast and events.

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Amy Bradford, Heartland Chapter/GROWMARK, Inc.

Amy Bradford is corporate relations manager for GROWMARK, responsible for the development and implementation of the cooperative’s corporate communications strategy including employee, member and external communications; proactive corporate media relations and public relations; cooperative education and awareness; and the cooperative’s annual meeting. She also oversees GROWMARK’s philanthropic efforts, and manages The GROWMARK Foundation.


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 Gateway Chapter






-Sara Steever
 Northern Prairie Chapter






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 Missouri-Kansas Chapter
 Verdesian Life Sciences






Sheri Seeger, ad sales staff, Chicago-Sheri Seger
 Chicago Chapter
 DTN/The Progressive Farmer





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 Iowa Chapter
 United Suppliers, Inc.





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 Gateway Chapter
 Brighton Agency




NAMA Hosting Reception at NCBA Convention

Written by NAMA on Tuesday, January 20, 2015 , 2:12 pm

NAMA will be hosting a reception at the Cattle Industry Convention in San Antonio, TX—Members and Guests are welcome!

Date: Wednesday, February 4

Time: 8:00-9:30 p.m.

Location: Grand Hyatt San Antonio
Bowie B Meeting Room
600 East Market Street
San Antonio, TX 78205

Sponsored by Great Plains and Rocky Mountain NAMA Chapters

Click for more info on the NCBA Trade Show

The Passing of Bob Miller

Written by NAMA on Tuesday, January 20, 2015 , 2:09 pm

Robert Vaughn Miller, age 68, passed away January 11, 2015 at St. Mary’s Hospital, Rochester Mayo. He graduated from the University of Missouri in 1969 with a B.S. in AG-Journalism. He was a member of the University Singers and had a great friendship with the director, Tom Mills. While earning his degree, he wrote for the Missourian and Missouri Ruralist. After graduating, he moved to Lincoln, IL, where he wrote for the Lincoln Courier. In 1971, he moved the family to Wisconsin and wrote for Farm Industry News at Webb Publishing Co. in St. Paul.

He worked briefly for Peterson-Morris Ad Agency before starting his own agency in 1975. It was later known as Miller-Meester Advertising, Inc. and at one time became the largest Ag agency in the nation, winning numerous awards including Telly, Clio, Oliver, and Gold Saber. His career spanned nearly four decades and he employed over 1500 people throughout the years.

For more information about Bob; visit this website.

Best of NAMA Awards Banquet Dates

Written by NAMA on Tuesday, January 20, 2015 , 2:08 pm

NAMA Regions and Chapters are making plans for their individual Best of NAMA Awards events.

We know you won’t want to miss these fun events, so we’re providing the various dates so you can add as many as you’d like to your calendar.  These will be updated on our site as additional information becomes available.

Region III Best of NAMA Awards Banquet
January 22, 2015 - Click to view the invitation.
World Food Prize Hall of Laureates
6:00 p.m.
Des Moines, IA
Click here to register for this event.

Southeastern Chapter Best of NAMA Awards Banquet
January 22, 2015
5:45 p.m.
Suwanee, GA
Click here to register for this event.

Carolinas/Virginia Best of NAMA Awards Reception
January 27, 2015 – Click to view the invitation.
Bee Care Center
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Raleigh, NC
Email Kayla Bullerman to RSVP

Region IV Best of NAMA Awards Banquet
January 29, 2015 – Click to view the invitation.
Harley-Davidson Museum
6:00 p.m.
Milwaukee, WI
Click here to register for this event.
If you are traveling from out of town, you can reserve a room at one of the following hotels: The Iron Horse Hotel (888) 543-4766, Hilton Milwaukee City Center (414) 271-7250 or DoubleTree by Hilton Milwaukee Downtown (414) 273-2950.

Visit the NAMA calendar frequently for updated information and links.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us at (913) 491-6500.

The Passing of Thomas Schomisch

Written by NAMA on Wednesday, January 7, 2015 , 9:21 am

Thomas P. Schomisch, age 70, passed away peacefully with his family by his side on Sunday, January 4, 2015. He grew up on his family’s dairy farm in Kiel, WI. After earning a B.S. degree in Dairy Science (1966) and M.S. degree in Agricultural Journalism (1967) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, he was named the first Director of Public Relations for Lake to Lake Dairy Cooperative, Manitowoc.

He served as an advisor for the National Agri-Marketing Association student chapter for 17 years. The NAMA chapter won the Outstanding Chapter award 9 years and was a finalist in the marketing plan competition 6 times. Dr. Schomisch was named Outstanding National NAMA Advisor in 1997 and 2003. Visit this website for the full obituary and for information on the visitation.

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