ARA Board: ARA meets in Washington and visits Capitol Hill
GUEST SPEAKERS ADDRESS KEY ISSUES
ARA Chairman Johnny Council (left) visits with Rep. John Garamendi (D-Calif.). The ARA Board Meeting included presentations from several guest speakers including representatives from major sponsors of the meeting national associations.
ARA appreciates the support of Bayer CropScience, the sponsor of a reception and board dinner at the meeting. Jean Reimers, director of government relations with Bayer CropScience provided a short presentation to ARA’s board of directors over dinner and shared an update on efforts currently underway by Bayer to evaluate pollinator health issues. She shared with the group latest scientific research showing that poor bee health and colony losses are actually the result of multiple factors, with the parasitic Varroa mite being a key issue. Bayer CropScience is very committed to supporting the responsible use of all crop protection products and invests heavily in product stewardship and research activities to minimize any impact of these products on bees.
During a luncheon, ARA board members had the opportunity to hear an insightful presentation from Steven McManaman, managing director at BMO Capital Markets in Chicago. McManaman and ARA member Jennifer Wendrow represented BMO Harris Bank at the meeting. McManaman joined BMO Capital Markets in 2000, serving in a variety of roles, most recently co-head of U.S. Corporate Financial Products, responsible for structuring and originating equity-linked and preferred share financings and derivatives strategies across asset classes. He has a Bachelor of Science from Marquette University and holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. McManaman shared with the group key factors impacting the health of the U.S. and global economy and the role that uncertainty is playing in today’s volatile market movements.
ARA board members pose for a photo with representatives from Bayer CropScience, sponsor of the board reception and dinner. Left to Right: Billy Pirkle, ARA Immediate Past Chairman with CPS; Jim Klein, ARA board member with Centennial Ag; Al Luke, ARA board member with Bayer CropScience; Daren Coppock, ARA president and CEO; Jean Reimers, director of government relations with Bayer CropScience and ARA dinner speaker; Johnny Council, ARA chairman with The Lyman/Tremont Group; and Gary Farrell, ARA chairman-elect with Ag Enterprise Supply, Inc. On the last day of the board meeting, attendees enjoyed breakfast sponsored by Ag 1 Source and a presentation from Mike Smith, president and managing partner with Ag 1 Source, a recruiting firm focused on the agriculture industry. Smith’s presentation, titled “Surviving the Storm: Recruitment and Retention Strategies for Businesses of Every Size,” hit on a significant challenge for many agricultural retailers today.