Earlier this week, Rick Tolman shared with the NCGA Corn
Board his desire to step down as chief executive officer of NCGA
at the end of September.
Rick has been a tireless advocate for corn farmers and our
organization. However, Rick told us – as much as he loves
representing our way of life – he is ready to enjoy more time
with his wife, Linda, and their five children and eight
grandchildren, and other pursuits. As he said it, we all put off
things until 'someday,' and, for him, 'someday' has finally
come, after 14 years of service to the organization and a
37-year career in agriculture.
While we are certainly happy for Rick and his family, it was
with great trepidation that we heard the news initially. Change
is hard for some to accept. Once we all realized that we could
not talk Rick out of his decision, we offered him a hearty thank
you for his dedicated service. Rick is definitely riding into
the sunset on a high note.
We all want to leave things better than we found them, and
Rick can certainly be proud of his legacy at NCGA. As we look
forward to the next chapter in professional association
management, I want to assure NCGA members, affiliated state
organizations and other stakeholders that NCGA has a sound,
methodical process and plan in place for an orderly CEO
succession. While this year will be one of transition, it will
not be one of turmoil. Rick Tolman will be our CEO until Sept.
I will soon be announcing members of a CEO Search Committee,
and we'll share additional details as they become available.
Rick Tolman biography
NCGA Chief Executive Officer
Rick Tolman serves as chief executive officer of the National
Corn Growers Association, a farmer-led trade association with
offices in St. Louis and Washington.
Tolman joined NCGA in September 2000. He previously served as
executive director for the U.S. Grains Council, a non-profit
organization that promotes the use of U.S. barley, corn, sorghum
and related products worldwide. In addition, Tolman has served
as marketing planning manager for the Advanced Harvesting
Systems Group at International Harvester Company, market
research analyst for the Gehl Company, an equipment
manufacturer, and a graduate research assistant at Purdue
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Tolman has chaired the CEO Advisory Committee of the U.S.
Farmers and Ranchers Alliance, which he helped found in 2010,
and has served on the
USDA Agricultural Trade Advisory Committee for grains and
oilseeds. Tolman is a member of the Society of Industrial
Leaders and is an expert on agriculture for the Gerson Lehrman
Group Councils. He also has served as a guest researcher with
the Japan Science and Technology Agency.
Among his many awards, Tolman was recognized as the 2008
Agribusiness Leader of the Year by the National Agri-Marketing
Association, and in 2010 received the Agribusiness Leader of the
Year award from the St. Louis Agribusiness Club. He also was a
proud recipient of Purdue University's Agricultural Alumni
Association Certificate of Distinction in 2011, and this year
received the Purdue College of Agriculture's Distinguished
Agriculture Alumni Award.
Tolman is a graduate of Brigham Young University and received
his master's degree in agricultural economics from Purdue
University. He and his wife, Linda, have five children and
reside in Ballwin, Mo.
Founded in 1957, the National Corn Growers Association
represents more than 40,000 dues-paying corn growers and the
interests of more than 300,000 farmers who contribute through
corn checkoff programs in their states. NCGA and its 48
affiliated state associations and checkoff organizations work
together to help protect and advance corn growers' interests.
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