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: Committee Chairman Chad Settje, Mat Lewis, Warren Symens, Bob Mitchell, Gordon Schuppe, Ronn Cunningham, Roger Vorthmann.

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.

Committee members: Chairman: Joey Freund; Board members: Dennis Alt, Mark Barker, Austin Hager, Warren Symens, Fred Wacker, Curt Wieczorek; Members: Trent Coleman, Dan Hunt, Gene Raymond, Mat Lewis, Joe Moore, Mark Smith; Staff: Mark Anderson, Joe Epperly, Frank Padilla.

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; Board members: Bret Begert, Dexter Edwards, Austin Hager, Bob Mitchell; Staff: Mark Anderson, Joe Epperly, Frank Padilla.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Committee members: Chairman: Jim Bob Hendrickson; Board members: Bret Begert, Greg Blaydes, Chris Milam; Members: Sean and Brook Edwards, John Ethington, Jeff Kaufman, Kevin Ochsner, Donna Stowers, NALJA President Layton Schurr; Staff: Joe Epperly, Katie Campbell.

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.

Committee members: Chairman: Gary Gates; Members: Mark Barker, Joey Freund, Austin Hager, Warren Symens, Curt Wieczorek ; Members: Trent Coleman, Casey Fonta, Mark Haden, Mat Lewis, Gordon Schuppe; Staff: Joe Epperly, Mark Anderson, Brittany Barrick; Consultants: Bob Weaber, Tessa Verbeek

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.

Committee members: Chairman: Warren Symens; Board members: Brett Begert, Greg Blaydes, Gary Fuchs; Members: Greg Blaydes, Bruce Lawrence, Mark Smith, Tom Vaughn; Staff: Joe Epperly, Mark Anderson

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.

Committee members: Chairman: Jim Bob Hendrickson; Board members: Greg Blaydes, Chris Milam; Members: John Ethington, Thad Fosdick, Ty Heavin, Heather Henderson, George Hubbard, Bruce Lawrence, Clay Schilling, Jordan Straight-Muxfeldt, Chris Thomas; Staff: Joe Epperly.

ILC Committee

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

Committee members: Chairman: Rebecca Ferda; Board members: Bob Mitchell, Joey Freund; Members: Kent Anderson, Anne Burgess, Dr. John Edwards, Jerry Effertz, Kevin Ochsner, Wayne Vanderwert; Staff: Mark Anderson, Joe Epperly, Brittany Barrick

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.

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

Staffing Committee

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

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

Operations, Mission and Procedures Committee

This is a new committee established this year. They are involved in the NALF strategic planning process.

Committee members: Chairman: Chad Settje; Board members: Dennis Alt, Joey Freund, Austin Hager, Bob Mitchell; Staff: Mark Anderson.