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 jennyp@nama.org.

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

Join NAMA and NAFB Next Week

Written by NAMA on Wednesday, July 22, 2015 , 10:05 am

Join NAMA for a reception at the Ag Media Summit on July 27 from 9-11 p.m. at the Regency Club in the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch in Scottsdale, AZ. There is no need to register and NAMA members and non-members are all welcome to come and enjoy an evening of networking with peers. Stop by after dinner for drinks and desserts!

The reception will be co-sponsored by the National Association of Farm Broadcasting. The Ag Media Summit takes place July 25-29 at the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at 7500 E Doubletree Ranch Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85258. So stop by and visit with your NAMA and NAFB friends.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Click here for more information on this year’s Ag Media Summit.

Boot Camp Cutoff Date Fast Approaching

Written by NAMA on Wednesday, July 22, 2015 , 10:04 am


The 2015 cutoff date for Boot Camp is Monday, August 3, 2015. If you want to save some money on your registration, make sure you register by then. This is also the cutoff date for the hotel. If you do not book your room by 5:00 p.m. on August 3rd, you may not be able to get the discounted NAMA rate at the Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center.

Save some money today! Register online and book your room at the Sheraton.

Check out the 2015 Boot Camp Brochure! 

Find a complete schedule of this year’s activities on the Boot Camp website.

Use this year’s hashtag to connect with all your ag friends: #namabootcamp2015

Check Out the Fall Conference Keynote Speakers

Written by NAMA on Wednesday, July 22, 2015 , 10:03 am

Bill-Benjamin_webBill Benjamin 
Bill Benjamin is one of the original partners at the Institute for Health and Human Potential (IHHP) and passionately contributes to the development of the organization’s future through his speaking, his engaging leader-to-leader conferences and his advocacy to get the message out to the rest of the world.

Prior to joining IHHP, Bill was Vice President of a computer software firm, leading the sales, consulting and marketing divisions. Under his leadership, the company grew from $2M in sales and a number 10 ranking in their industry, to over $75M in sales and the number one ranking.

His passion and enthusiasm for Emotional Intelligence and its impact on leadership development will leave you inspired and wanting more. Bill has delivered leadership programs to diverse groups that include the US Army, NASA, Intel and Goldman Sachs.

Pre-Conference Workshop
10:00 a.m., Wednesday, September 23
Emotional Intelligence: The Science of Leadership Under Pressure
Why do smart people fail? Why do technically brilliant individuals have trouble managing others and collaborating on a team? It’s not because they lack intelligence or technical skills. Far from it. What they lack is a critical level of Emotional Intelligence (EI) and the ability to manage their emotions and others when they are under pressure.

Whether you’re a formal manager or want to increase your individual performance (or both), Bill will teach you the foundational principles and brain science of Emotional Intelligence.

You’ll become a student of human behavior and begin to understand what your brain does under pressure and how that affects your decisions and the impact you have on others.

By learning how to manage your emotions in your most difficult moments, you’ll perform and lead at your best under pressure, and connect with others in a more meaningful way.

Keynote Session
1:00 p.m., Wednesday, September 23
Performing Under Pressure: The Science of Doing Your Best When it Matters Most
This program is based on the book by the same name co-authored by noted psychologist Hendrie Wesinger and IHHP’s J.P. Pawliw-Fry. Leadership is not easy, especially under pressure. Pressure diminishes our ability to think, make decisions and connect with others in a meaningful way.

With pressure increasing in all aspects of our lives, the ability to manage it is one of the key differentiators of high performing managers and leaders. In this high-energy exchange with Bill Benjamin, you’ll learn:

  1. How to better manage pressure so it becomes a competitive advantage as you grow your career drive performance within your organization
  2. About the results from a study of 12,000 people and what the top 10% did to excel under pressure
  3. Three critical insights to help you avoid the sabotaging effects of pressure
  4. Eye-opening stories of leaders and organizations who have managed pressure effectively to succeed
  5. How pressure affects your brain and to develop strategies you can use to perform when the heat is on

Organizations like Goldman Sachs, Intel, Coca-Cola, NASA, and the US Navy and Army, as well as Olympic athletes and NBA teams, have benefitted from IHHP’s cutting-edge approach to performing under stress. This session will help you drive engagement, innovate, grow, increase customer service and succeed in the face of constantly increasing pressure.

Kelli-Vrla-2015_webKelli Vrla
Kelli Vrla is a Rocky Mountain based corporate communications consultant who has enlightened and “entertrained” thousands in the U.S., Europe and Central America through her dynamic presentations. Kelli has over 30 years of lessons and experience under her belt. She spent 16 years as a broadcast sales executive in radio and 14 years as CEO of her own people development firm.

Her in-the-trenches scope of learning comes from firsthand experiences in handling change, effective marketing, bottom-line communications, difficult and demanding people, and motivating the tough-to-motivate people.

Since her radio days at ABC and CBS, Kelli has successfully helped people enhance their personal and professional development skills. She’ll show you how to own your job and get others to own theirs. Learn to handle change before it handles you and deal successfully with even the most challenging personalities in your organization.

Keynote Session
8:30 a.m., Thursday, September 24
Hocus Focus: Stay Resilient & Choose the Right Shiny Red Balls!
Do you find yourself managing several tasks at once? Feel like you’re spinning plates? Have you started to drop a few? You’re not alone … statistics show we work 1/3 of our lives, sleep 1/3 of our lives, and spend the final 1/3 of our lives with home and hobbies.

Stress from our work lives is now creeping over into our home lives and vice versa. There’s a healthy line of balance that needs to be drawn. Harvard Business Review says we’re all in the middle of at least 15 things at once—diminishing our effectiveness and adding to our burnout. Most of us have reached a breaking point and we’ve—quite frankly—had enough.

Kelli Vrla is here to help you:

  • —Assess your work-life balance and why it may be draining you instead of sustaining you!
    —Learn at least 52 known stress reducers
    —Understand the cause of the GAP
    —Learn how to reach for your OWN OXYGEN MASK first, then help others
    —Quickly use dynamite and easy coping techniques to handle your most pressing challenges
    —Stay laser-focused amidst the chaos
    —Know what makes us tick and what ticks us off
    —Control your energy – surge when you really need it!
    —Generate a personalized productivity plan that works for you!

Scott-Williams-headshot_webScott Williams
Scott was a Corporate Vice President of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., from 2006 to May 2010, serving as General Manager of Samsclub.com. From 1996 to 2006, Mr. Williams was an executive with OfficeMax Incorporated, where he held a series of key leadership positions, including Senior Vice President, OfficeMax Direct Business Segment, and Senior Vice President, Marketing.

Closing Luncheon Session
11:30 a.m., Thursday, September 24
Through the Lens of a Leader
End your Fall Conference experience with a view of business and e-commerce from Scott K. Williams. Scott has been Cabela’s Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing and E-Commerce Officer since October 2011. He joined Cabela’s after serving as President of Fanatics, Inc., a vertically integrated online retailer of team and league licensed sports apparel and collectibles.

Check out the 2015 Fall Conference Brochure! 

Click here to view the full 2015 Program.

Find out all the info you need about registration and the hotel here.

Use this year’s hashtag to connect with all your ag friends: #namafall15

Future Agri-Marketing Conference Dates

Written by NAMA on Wednesday, July 22, 2015 , 10:02 am

Get a jump start on your calendars for NAMA’s Agri-Marketing Conference. We have the schedule set all the way until 2020! Check out where we will be and get a sneak peak at the hotels.

April 13-15, 2016 | Kansas City, MO
Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center
Click here for hotel information.

April 26-28, 2017 | Dallas, TX
Sheraton Dallas Hotel
Click here for hotel information.

April 11-13, 2018 | Kansas City, MO
Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center
Click here for hotel information.

April 10-12, 2019 | Kansas City, MO
Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center
Click here for hotel information.

April 15-17, 2020 | San Diego, CA
Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina
Click here for hotel information.

Mid-America Chapter Event

Written by NAMA on Wednesday, July 22, 2015 , 10:01 am

Mid-America Chapter Summer Outing: Brews and Branding

Interested in learning some new tips on brand strategy while enjoying a few sips of a microbrew?

Join us for a Chapter Outing at Sun King Brewing Company! Sun King is an Indianapolis-based craft brewery with a focus on continually creating traditional seasonal and unique specialty beers. Sun King opened in July 2009 and has since grown into the second largest brewery in Indiana.

Attendees will be given the choice of a complimentary flight or pint of Sun King beer. Sun King team members will be on hand to answer marketing and branding questions.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Sun King Brewery
135 North College Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46202

If you’d like to attend the outing, please RSVP to:

Cayla McLeland
(812) 320-8072


POSTPONED: MoKan NAMA Chapter Event

Written by NAMA on Wednesday, July 22, 2015 , 10:00 am

Annual MoKan Golf Classic, a fundraising event to provide financial support for MoKan’s student chapters.

MoKan NAMA will reschedule this event soon.

If you’ve got coworkers or clients that have never played golf, but would like to give it a shot (pun intended), please invite them to register.  This is a fun and relaxed event that will be fun for all.  Players will meet up in the clubhouse for cocktails, dinner and awards/prizes immediately following.

To become a sponsor or provide prizes for this event, please contact:

Bob Brunker

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