NCBA picks government affairs leaders

Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
Feb 7, 2005
by WLJ
The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) has named Jay Truitt as the next vice president of government affairs in its Washington, D.C., office. After an intensive selection process, NCBA Chief Executive Officer Terry Stokes officially announced the promotion last week. Truitt, NCBA’s executive director of legislative affairs since March 2001, officially took the helm of NCBA’s Washington office immediately.
“Truitt brings exceptional leadership, lobbying, and management experience to his new role at NCBA,” says Stokes. “His ranching heritage from his family’s cow/calf operation in Missouri, his experience at the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association and his previous role at NCBA provides a depth of industry knowledge to Jay as he assumes this position.”
Leaving the day-to-day operations of his family’s cattle operation in 1991, Truitt joined KANZA Inc., a Missouri-based communications and legislative resource for agriculture-related organizations. In 1995, Truitt worked with the Missouri Soybean Programs as director of market development before becoming executive vice president of the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association and CEO of Missouri’s Cattlemen Foundation in 1996.
During his tenure at NCBA, Truitt served as NCBA’s top lobbyist and has managed policy directives on issues such as tax reform, agriculture policy, and animal identification. Truitt graduated from the U.S. Air Force and University of Maryland with degrees in business and public relations. He replaces Chandler Keys, who left the organization Dec. 31.
Stokes also announced the promotion of Bryan Dierlam to executive director, government affairs. Dierlam served as NCBA’s director of legislative affairs since March 1999. “Bryan has demonstrated leadership and growth during the past six years at NCBA, and he is one of the most respected lobbyists on Capitol Hill,” says Stokes.
Dierlam has led some of NCBA’s toughest political fights on issues such as farm policy; livestock marketing and risk management, agriculture appropriations, price reporting, and country-of-origin labeling. He holds a B.S. degree in animal science and an M.B.A. in finance from Texas A&M University.
“Our commitment to our producer-members is to be the industry leader in addressing the issues that matter most to cattlemen and impact their bottom line,” says Stokes. “Jay and Bryan share in that commitment, and under their leadership, I have no doubt that NCBA will continue to be the voice for the industry in Washington, DC.”
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