North Central NAMA Holiday Event

Written by NAMA on Thursday, December 15, 2016 , 9:24 am

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Members and non-members filled two large boxes with donations for Toys for Tots.  An additional 30 toys were purchased the next day from monetary donations.

Congratulations to Bob Olsen and Tyler Smith – winners of the Ugly Sweater Contest!

NAMA Announces 2017 Agri-Marketing Conference Keynote Speakers

Written by NAMA on Friday, December 2, 2016 , 10:45 am

buttonWhat do an NFL head coach, “management guru” and a survivor of a potentially deadly childhood accident have in common? Two things: Incredible leadership lessons to share from their life experiences and the distinction of being a keynote speaker at the 2017 Agri-Marketing Conference. Get ready to “Go Big” with NAMA and the exciting presenters you’ll hear in Dallas next year!

Doing the Little Things and Executing Vision
Herm Edwards

herm-edwards-web_150x150Whether it’s his faith, family or football team, Herm Edwards exudes passion in all areas of his life. A successful NFL head coach turned in-studio analyst for ESPN, Edwards has a diverse background in professional leadership, and is one of the most recognized voices in sports today.

He’ll share his life experiences and emphasize how putting the focus on teamwork, integrity and effective communication leads to an unstoppable team. Whether you’re in an executive role managing key players – or new to the game and wondering how you can make an impact – Edwards’ inspiring conversation will leave you energized and ready to tackle any challenge with confidence.

One of five head coaches in NFL history to take two different teams to the playoffs in their debut seasons with him, Edwards exemplifies the hard work and commitment it takes to create a winning environment. In his most recent coaching job, with the Kansas City Chiefs, he led the team to a 9-7 record and tied for the most victories for a first-year coach with the franchise. He also led the New York Jets to five post season contests. In this exhilarating keynote presentation, he’ll draw from his winning record to show you how the “little things” lead to big gains.

Heavily involved in philanthropic endeavors, he has been named Big Brother of the Year by the Catholic Big Brothers for Boys and Girls in New York, and named to the Positive Coaching Alliances National Advisory Committee.

It’s Okay to be the Boss and It’s Okay to Manage Your Boss
Bruce Tulgan

bruce-tulgan-web_150x150Best-selling author and business advisor Bruce Tulgan believes an epidemic of under management is sweeping employees across the world. In this interactive presentation, Tulgan will share management tools and techniques that you can put into practice immediately. He will also address improvements you can make both as an employee and a supervisor.

Based on ongoing research started in 1993, Tulgan will help you employ the four essential elements of a successful relationship with your immediate supervisor/manager:

  • Clearly spelled-out and reasonable expectations
  • The skills, tools and resources to accomplish those expectations
  • Honest feedback about your performance and course/correcting direction when necessary
  • Proper recognition and rewards in exchange for performance

Learning how to improve these relationships will allow you to do more work better and faster, get more recognition and rewards, and increase chances of success at work. Now that’s what we call Going Big.

Recognized as an international expert on leadership, management and young people in the workplace, Tulgan has worked with organizations ranging from Aetna to Wal-Mart, from the Army to the YMCA.

Tulgan has written several award-winning books, including It’s Okay to be the Boss, Winning the Talent Wars and Managing the Generation Mix. Before founding RainmakerThinking in 1993, Tulgan practiced law at the Wall Street firm of Carter, Lebyard & Milburn. He currently lectures at the Yale Graduate School of Management.

How One Attitude, One Action and One Person Can Change the World
John O’Leary

john-oleary-web_150x150John O’Leary will show you that one attitude, one action and one person can absolutely change the world.

A curious nine-year-old boy, O’Leary created a massive explosion in his garage and was burned on 100 percent of his body. Though he was given less than 1 percent chance of survival, O’Leary miraculously recovered. Now he shares his remarkable story with audiences across the country. Surprisingly, O’Leary’s “survivor story” focuses on celebrating the heroes who intimately served him and his family – a dedicated Hall of Fame sports announcer, a visionary burn nurse and countless others.

With emotional storytelling and unexpected humor, O’Leary is consistently referred to as “the best speaker we’ve ever had” – earning five star reviews and igniting audiences at 100+ events each year. His book, On Fire: The Seven Choices to Ignite a Radically Inspired Life was a #1 national bestseller.

Hear life lessons that extend far beyond the work place. Reignite your environment and work joyously towards your goals. O’Leary will reawaken you to the gift of today and the possibility of tomorrow.

Save the Dates: Regional Best of NAMA Celebrations

Written by NAMA on Friday, December 2, 2016 , 10:44 am

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 website as additional information becomes available.

Region II
(Cornhusker, Gateway, Great Plains, Missouri-Kansas, Rocky Mountain and Southwest Chapters)
January 12, 2017
6:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Children’s Mercy Park at Sporting KC, Kansas City, KS
Click here to register.

Region III
(Cornbelt, Iowa, North Central and Northern Prairie Chapters)
January 25, 2017
6:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Up-Down and Wooly’s, Des Moines, IA
Click here to register.

Region IV
(Badger, Chicago, Heartland and Mid-America Chapters)
January 19, 2017
6:00 – 8:30 p.m.
The Discovery World, Milwaukee, WI
Click here to register.

Florida & Southeastern Chapter
January 19, 2017 (REVISED DATE)
Cinco’s Restaurant, Suwanee, GA .
Additional information will be available soon.

Visit the NAMA calendar frequently for updated information and links.

If you have any questions, please call us at (913) 491-6500.

New Award to Recognize the Next Generation of NAMA

Written by NAMA on Friday, December 2, 2016 , 10:44 am

To thrive in the future, the NAMA community needs to develop and support the next generation of members. Know someone with a bright future in the industry? Now’s the time to shine the spotlight on them!

There’s sure to be at least one person like this in your company… you know, the go-to guy or gal who impresses everyone with their knowledge of hot trends. The one who always goes above and beyond to make sure your projects succeed. Bright young professionals are the lifeblood of the industry and we want to honor them with a special award.

NAMA will select up to five such individuals. Winners receive Complimentary Registration to the 2017 Agri-Marketing Conference, April 26-28, where awards will be presented at one of the opening sessions. Companies or individuals would bear the travel expenses. The group will meet with the NAMA Executive Committee at their April meeting.


•  Nominees must be under 35 years old.

•  Nominees must be NAMA members.

•  Individuals must be nominated by a supervisor or manager within their company or through chapter or national leadership.

•  Individuals are nominated in the following areas:

•  Ag Company, Agency or Media.

•  All nominations must be submitted online.

•  Deadline for nominations is January 1.

•  More than one individual per company may be nominated.

Selection Process

Up to five winners will be selected by the Professional Recognition Committee and Executive Committee liaisons. Previous winners of the award will also be included on the selection panel after the inaugural year.

Winners will be announced on January 31. Winners are awarded a plaque and complimentary registration to the Agri-Marketing Conference where they will be recognized.

Find out more information on the website.

Support Student NAMA and ABEF

Written by NAMA on Friday, December 2, 2016 , 10:44 am

abef-newBuy some of your advertising for next year from the best ag media companies at prices more competitive than normal while donating to a great cause!

The Agri-Business Educational Foundation Media Auction is open for bidding! The deadline to submit your bids is December 15, 2016.

Proceeds from the Media Auction support the Student NAMA Careers Program. The ABEF is the backbone of Student NAMA. With the help of generous funders, ABEF is ensuring a strong future for the agri-marketing industry by providing students with the tools they need to succeed.

The Media Auction is available online through the NAMA website. Click here to view the media packages and start bidding!

For questions, call the NAMA office at (913) 491-6500 or email Jenny Pickett.

Chance to Win a Free Conference Registration

Written by NAMA on Friday, December 2, 2016 , 10:44 am

buttonRecruit someone you know to become a NAMA member and be entered into a drawing for complimentary registration* to the Agri-Marketing Conference next April. The campaign will run from October 15 through December 15. The drawing will take place December 16.

Simply tell your recruit to join at and add your name and company in the box titled “Referred by.”

The more members you recruit, the more your name will be entered into the drawing!

*Registration is non-transferable.

New NAMA Members

Written by NAMA on Friday, December 2, 2016 , 10:44 am

New Member List:
Welcome our new members for November 2016:

Eric Bellman, Buckhorn

Tanya Gilbertson, Milk Products a division of Land O’Lakes
Willow Hombsch, ABS Global
Wes Luck, Grade A Strategies

Steven Brody, Sagacitas Partners LLC

Josh Earll, Monsanto
Carol Harrison, Heartland Comm.

Youwei Yang, INTL FCStone

Jennifer King, ArborOne Farm Credit

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