ANCW announces Outstanding CattleWoman of the Year
Linda Brake, Scottsdale, AZ, was named the 2009 Outstanding CattleWoman of the Year on Jan. 28 at the Cattle Industry Annual Convention in San Antonio, TX. The CattleWoman of the Year Award is sponsored by Land O’ Lakes Purina Mills LLC.
Brake has been an active CattleWoman for 20 years. As an American National CattleWomen, Inc. (ANCW) member, she has served on various committees and as the vice-chair and chairman of the National Beef Cook- Off (NBCO) Committee and co-chair of the 2001 NBCO.
She has served as secretary and president in the Santa Cruz CattleWomen and numerous positions at the state level, including Arizona CattleWomen president in 1998. Brake has also served on a joint National Cattlemen’s Business Association committee, is a member of the Arizona Beef Council, and producer member of the Western Center for Risk Management Education.
“Linda is a role model for all who work to sell beef,” said Vicki Wilkinson of Chino Valley, AZ, and past ANCW president. “She has always been there to lend a hand, give sage advice, and do whatever was necessary to promote and educate the public or her peers about our product, beef.” Linda Vensel, Arizona past president, credits her ability to work well with others and leadership skills for the success of the first destination city NBCO in Chicago that earned over 400 million beef impressions.”
Brake is also a wife, mother, grandmother and has served as a volunteer at her church and for the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Posse for over 20 years.
The Outstanding Cattle- Woman of the Year Award is given to one cattlewoman each year who has excelled at continued beef promotion on the local, state, and national level, while contributing dedication, commitment and support to ANCW. — WLJ
“She has always been there to lend a hand, give sage advice, and do whatever was necessary to promote and educate the public or her peers about our product, beef.”