About NALF

The North American Limousin Foundation President makes appointments to several committees each year. These committees exist to ensure certain aspects of the association run properly. They give a voice to the membership by bringing their needs and concerns to the board. The following is a description of the ten committees and a list of their members.

Nominating Committee

This committee networks with the NALF membership to identify the most qualified candidates for directors to serve on the NALF board and provide leadership for the organization. The committee’s recommendations for directors shall be published in the November issue of the Limousin Today. Nominations from outside the nominating committee must be made to the NALF office no later than Oct. 1.

Committee members: To be named later

Commercial Marketing Committee

Increases demand and commercial market share through advertising, promotion and execution of programs directed to demonstrate and enhance the commercial value of Limousin genetics. They also provide input as to educational efforts directed toward commercial producers and content directed toward NALF members on subjects related to serving the needs of commercial producers. This is the primary committee liaison with alliance entities. They are also responsible for budgets pertaining to advertising, commercial marketing and promotion, and commercial programs.

Chairman: Joey Freund; Staff liaisons: Mark Anderson, Joe Epperly, Frank Padilla; Boar members: Austin Hager, Curt Wieczorek, Dan Hunt, Mark Barker, Fred Wacker, Gene Raymond, Dennis Alt; Members: Mike Smith, Trent Coleman, Joe Moore, Mat Lewis, Andy Bailey, Rick Gaston

Finance Committee

Oversees development and execution of NALF’s annual operating budget consistent with long-term board approved financial objectives. Monitor income and expenses on a monthly basis and coordinate with other committees as to executing their plan of work in accordance to approved budget guidelines. Recommend mid-year adjustments to the budget as might be deemed necessary to achieve targeted year-end financial performance objectives. Provide oversight for execution of the board approved investment policy and track performance of investments. Review year-end financial performance including report from auditor.

Chairman: Gary Fuchs; Staff liaisons: Mark Anderson, Joe Epperly, Frank Padilla; Board members: Dexter Edwards, Jim Bob Hendrickson, Bret Begert, Austin Hager

Limousin Today Committee

Explore the commonalities between both parties to decrease duplication of effort, while complementing each other’s actions. As necessary, guide operation and interest in the Limousin Today.

Chairman: Austin Hager; Staff liaisons: Mark Anderson, Frank Padilla, Jennifer Scharpe; Board members: Jim Bob Hendrickson, Dennis Alt, Gary Gates, Dexter Edwards, Chad Settje; Members: Mike Smith

Membership Committee

Increase membership, registrations, transfers, and involvement of members in activities of the NALF and their respective state Limousin associations. This committee provides input as to educational efforts directed toward NALF members for more effective production and marketing of Limousin genetics. They are also responsible for budgets pertaining to member marketing activities and for projecting revenue for member registration and transfer activity.

Chairman: Dexter Edwards; Staff liaisons: Frank Padilla, Joe Epperly, and Alison Jones; Board members: Chris Milam, Greg Blaydes, Gary Fuchs; Members: Ty Heavin, Scott Stowers, Bruce Lawrence, Joe Moore

NALJA Committee

Serve as the committee liaison between the NALF board of directors and the board of directors for the North American Limousin Junior Association (NALJA). Monitor fundraising, expenditures and financial management of NALJA as well as executions of NALJA sponsored activities. Review NALJA action relative to rules and regulations, selection of judges, sites for NALJA events and recognition of NALJA members.

Chairman: Jim Bob Hendrickson; Staff liaison: Joe Epperly, Katie Campbell; Board members: Chris Milam, Bret Begert, Greg Blaydes; Members: Kevin Ochsner, Sean & Brooke Edwards, Amber Parkinson, Brenda Anderson, Anna Johnson

Breed Improvement Committee (Formerly Performance Committee)

Guides the development of NALF’s performance related functions including EPDs, ultrasound data collection, NALF sponsored research, DNA and animal typing-services for parentage and other traits, genetic defects, and genomic-enhanced EPDs.

Chairman: Gary Gates, Staff liaisons: Joe Epperly, Mark Anderson, Brittany Barrick; Consultant: Bob Weaber, Tessa Verbeek; Board members: Mark Barker, Gene Raymond, Joey Freund, Dan Hunt, Curt Wieczorek, Austin Hager; Members: Trent Coleman, Casey Fanta, Mark Haden, Gordon Schuppe, Mat Lewis, Warren Symens

Rules & Regulations Committee

Assist staff in updating materials in the member’s manual, including rules, regulations and by-laws. Guides operation and further development of NALF’s data processing functions to facilitate industry-leading service to members, while enhancing office efficiency in the delivery of such services.

Chairman: Curt Wieczorek; Staff liaisons: Joe Epperly, Mark Anderson; Board members: Gary Fuchs, Bret Begert, Greg Blayes; Members: Greg Blaydes, Warren Symens, Bruce Lawrence, Mark Smith

Show Committee

Increase participation, merchandising value, and satisfaction members receive through exhibiting cattle in NALF’S MOE events. Responsibilities of this committee include: development and execution of the MOE budget including work with official sponsors, selection of judges for Level I, maintain an approved judges list, review and recommend to the board any changes in MOE policies, rules and requirements, select MOE awards, and generally resolve MOE issues as needed.

Chairman: Jim Bob Hendrickson; Staff liaisons: Joe Epperly, Katie Campbell; Board members: Chris Milam, Greg Blaydes; Members: Thad Fosdick, Bruce Lawrence, Clay Schilling, Chris Thomas, Ty Heavin, Heather Henderson, Kelly O’Boyle, Ronn Cunningham, John Pence

ILC Committee

This committee is in charge of planning commencement for the 2018 International Limousin Congress Conference.

Chairman: Rebecca Ferda; Staff: Mark Anderson, Joe Epperly, Katie Campbell; Board members: Curt Wieczorek, Joey Freund; Members: Dr. John Edwards, Anne Burgess, Kevin Ochsner, Jerry Effertz, Wayne Vanderwert, Kent Anderson, Bob Mitchell, Brent Fillmore, Kiley McKinna

Vision Committee

Looks at and develops new programs, specifically a Limousin branded beef program. They also evaluate the market and beef industry for opportunities for Limousin cattle.

Chairman: Fred Wacker; Staff liaisons: Mark Anderson, Joe Epperly, Frank Padilla; Board members: Austin Hager, Gene Raymond, Chad Settje, Dennis Alt; Members: Jason Gaston, Cash Schilling, Bob Mitchell, Mat Lewis, Terry O’Neill, Jerry Wulf

Staffing Committee

Manages any new and current positions, along with the executive director, at NALF and helps make hiring decisions.

Chairman: Bret Begert; Board members: Chad Settje, Dexter Edwards, Jim Bob Hendrickson, Gary Fuchs, Austin Hager