Business Briefcase, Feb. 20

Agribusiness names new board

The Rocky Mountain Agribusiness Association named a new board of directors, including Sandra McDonald, who will serve as the 2014 president of the association. McDonald is the first woman to serve as president of RMAA.

“This is just another example of the advancements that the agriculture industry is making. It is an honor to be recognized as a leader of this industry,” McDonald said.

McDonald was elected by her 350 fellow, predominantly male, RMAA members. 

Serving alongside McDonald will be the newly elected board, made up of nine men. Kevin Freund, Stratton Equity Coop, and Mark Reinert, Agfinity Inc., both served as directors on the 2013 board and will serve as officers this year, acting as vice president and treasurer respectively.

The rest of the elected board serving as directors for the association in 2014:

Keith Devoe, Roggen Farmers Elevator System

Will Eitzman, Panhandle Cooperative Association

Tom Hershey, Poole Chemical Co., Inc.

Lanny Huston, Crop Production Services

Bob Leisy, BASF

Larri Tappy, CoBank

Chad Maranville, Pro Ag Solutions

James Pritchett, Colorado State University (Ex-Officio)

Directors carry out activities to help advance agriculture business practices and serve as champions for the industry and its leaders. The board assists in legislative efforts to help state representatives make informed decisions.

Rockies hire local graduate


Ryan Keeler, a Fruita Monument High School and Colorado Mesa University graduate, has accepted a position with the Colorado Rockies in Denver. Keeler was also an intern with the Grand Junction Rockies organization during the 2013 season. He obtained a bachelor’s degree in sports management while at Colorado Mesa University.

Beforeplay marks two years


Since launching in February 2012, hundreds of Colorado volunteers worked for the outreach team distributing materials at events and college campuses across the state, cultivating conversations about sexual health issues.

The Colorado Initiative to Reduce Unintended Pregnancy and the Department of Public Health and Environment created the Beforeplay campaign to address those issues two years ago. Now the organization is celebrating its second year in operation.

Beforeplay volunteers worked at Country Jam and local nightclubs to hand out materials and the organization also partnered with Mesa County on an advertising campaign to get the word out about sexual health.

Beforeplay TV ads ran at Colorado Mesa University in between sporting event replays and CMU-TV/Campus Channel 3 produced pieces that will play in the dorms, recreation center, and campus buildings through March.


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