Next Gen NAMA Awards

Written by NAMA on Monday, April 2, 2018 , 12:01 pm

The National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA) is pleased to announce the winners of the Next Gen NAMA Award. This award, in its second year, was developed to celebrate the next generation of leaders. Honorees are nominated from within their company or through chapter or national leadership. The three recipients for 2018 are Kaitlyn O’Neal, Monsanto; Tyler Smith, Meredith Agrimedia; and Rebecca Shaw, Cargill.

Kaitlyn O’Neal has been with Monsanto for four years and is currently working with the internal Monsanto team, the regional WestBred staff and the marketing agency, Brighton, to develop and deliver targeted internal and external marketing plans. O’Neal has been pivotal to building WestBred from a logo into a brand that seed suppliers and growers recognize. She has been involved with the Great Plains NAMA chapter since 2014. She has served on the Fall Conference Committee and was the Vice Chair of the 2016 Fall Conference. Most recently,
O’Neal served as Chair of the 2017 Fall Conference
in Milwaukee.

Tyler Smith is a National Account Executive for Meredith Agrimedia. He has a history of developing relationships with his clients and helping them execute media goals. Smith is dedicated to having research drive his work with Meredith. Smith is an advocate for open communication in the workplace and he keeps tasks moving forward. Smith is an active member of the North Central NAMA chapter board. He helped plan and execute the Region 3 Best of NAMA awards in 2017, and has served as a judge for the student competition at national NAMA.

Rebecca Shaw works as a Dairy Marketing Specialist at Cargill and, over the past four years of her career, has developed her skills as a marketer and a leader. Shaw was part of the dairy marketing team from the beginning and helped create the project management system, sales support plan, etc. all the way through external positioning of the Cargill brand. Shaw also played an important role in the development and launch of our Feed Your Dreams campaign. She is active in the North Central NAMA Chapter and enjoys attending both regional
and national events.

The Next Gen NAMA Awards will be presented at the 2018 Agri-Marketing Conference in Kansas City, Missouri. For more information on the Conference, visit

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