BBU elects leadership during convention

Nov 6, 2009
by WLJ
BBU elects leadership during convention

New officers and board of directors were elected during the 49th Annual Beefmaster Breeders United (BBU) Convention Oct. 22- 24 in San Antonio, TX. The historic Sheraton Gunter Hotel, located on the beautiful San Antonio Riverwalk, served as the backdrop for this year’s “Roundup at the River.”

Officers elected to lead BBU in 2009-2010 include: Lorenzo Lasater, San Angelo, TX, president; Mike Collier, Brenham, TX, vice president; Steve Emmons, Fairfield, TX, secretary; Dan A. Gattis, Hutto, TX, treasurer; and Ricardo “Rocky” Carrillo, Realitos, TX, ex-officio.

Board of Directors include: Ted Cain, Wiggins, MS; Frank Stewart III, Hartselle, AL; Nickey Priola Jr., Lake Charles, LA; Steve Carpenter, Tecumseh, OK; John Pierson, Va caville,

CA; David Joeris, Moore, TX; Rick Stonecipher, Jackson, TN; Dwight Bertrand, Elton, LA; Gary Frenzel, Temple, TX; Dave Loftin, Nixa, MO; M. Doyle Sanders, New Ulm, TX; and Lawrence Lyssy, San Antonio, TX.

Lorenzo Lasater is the grandson of breed founder Tom Lasater and a fifth generation rancher. He is president of the familyowned ranch, Isa Cattle Co., which raises registered Beefmaster and Charolais cattle. He and his wife, Leslie, own a business printing company, Company Printing; a packaging company, Industrial Printing Solutions, Inc.; and a meal prep store called Preppers. In addition, Lasater manages The Lasater Whitetail Lodge, a trophy whitetail deer outfitter that also raises whitetail deer.

Mike Collier, a third gen eration cattle rancher, and his wife, Rhonda, own and operate Collier Farms Beefmasters. The ranch includes purebred Beefmasters, an embryo division, and raises and markets E6 replacement females. Collier is also owner and president of Collier Construction, Inc., a general contracting and construction management firm.

Steve Emmons and his wife, Cindy, own Emmons Ranch Beefmasters. The Emmonses have been in the registered cattle business since 1975 and currently market purebred and recipient cattle to Beefmaster breeders and commercial buyers. They are joined in their business by sons Bodie, Corey, Clay and their families.

Dan A. Gattis is a fifthgeneration rancher who has also worked as a vocational agriculture teacher, education administrator, vice president and chief operating officer for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, and Williamson County judge. Dan and his wife, Karen, have two sons, Dan M. and Brent W., who are also partners in their ranching operation, Gattis Cattle Company L.L.C. — WLJ