The National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA) has a new chief executive officer. Terry Stokes, 47, who previously served as NCBA's executive vice president and chief financial officer, assumed the position in March after serving as interim CEO since Chuck Schroeder's departure in February.

A search committee named by NCBA's Executive Committee (EC) recommended Stokes after reviewing 40 resumes and interviewing seven finalists. The EC unanimously accepted the recommendation.

As CEO, Stokes oversees NCBA staff and helps manage the organization's finances and day-to-day operations. He's responsible for accomplishing objectives defined by NCBA members and stakeholders.

Stokes' career spans all segments of the cattle and beef industry — including cow/calf, feeding and packing. A native Texan, he currently partners with his brother-in-law in a small stocker operation in south Texas. Before joining NCBA, Stokes was the executive vice president and chief financial officer for the Texas Beef Council.

Stokes has a degree in animal agriculture from Angelo State University and an MS in business administration with an emphasis in operations management and managerial accounting from the University of Texas. He and wife Beverly reside in Denver, CO, and have two children. Ryan, 16, is a high school sophomore, while Whitney, 19, is a freshman at Oklahoma Baptist University.