SGBI names New Executive Director

KINGSVILLE, TX -- After a long and thorough search process, Santa Gertrudis Breeders International has announced that John E. Ford is the new SGBI Executive Director.

The search committee is confident that this qualified appointee has the skill set, background and drive to help the association continue to thrive and flourish in this technology-driven era.

Ford’s educational background consists of a bachelor’s degree in animal science from Sul Ross University in Alpine, Texas as well as a master’s degree in animal science from Texas A&M University.

Since 1980, Ford has been employed by the Texas Agri-life Extension Service as a county extension agent. His 30-year career working for this agency has helped him develop outstanding communication, leadership and budgeting skills.

“The ability of an organization to quickly communicate its message in an effective manner is essential in today’s rapidly changing world,” Ford said. “Successfully utilizing tools such as public access television and computer technology, in addition to traditional print methods, has allowed me to provide information in a timely fashion.”

For the past 28 years, Ford has written weekly agriculture and natural resource related columns for numerous local and regional newspapers. He has also been published in professional journals, written for beef trade and industry publications, developed white papers, completed technical reports and bulletins, and prepared written testimony for congressional committees, state agencies and regulatory hearings.

Ford also has extensive experience developing budgets, performing cost analysis and recommending strategies for resource acquisition.

“With increased budget demands, I understand the need to actively seek alternative funds, leverage funds and collaborate with others to better utilize resources,” Ford said.

Ford effectively acquired substantial grants for his past projects, including the Kleberg County Youth Adventure Camps in 2010, Coastal Education and Youth Outreach in 2003, Youth Cow Camp in 1997 and Baylor County Wheat Scouting and Stocker Cattle in 1987.

Ford asserts that, “It is an exciting time, full of opportunities for the beef industry.” He is looking forward to the many opportunities for expanded marketing of Santa Gertrudis through the Star 5 program, utilization of the Santa Gertrudis breed in the development of composite programs, ongoing genetic evaluation efforts and utilization of DNA-testing to improve the accuracy of Santa Gertrudis EPDs.

“I am excited about these and the many other opportunities on the horizon for the breed and the industry,” Ford said.

Ford will begin his official duties on November 1, 2010. He can be reached at the SGBI office at 361-592-9357 or you can e-mail him at jford@santagertrudis.com.

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