Don Gordon to be recognized with Cooperative Leader Award

Mar 5, 2010
by WLJ

When the Agricultural Council of California (Ag Council) meets for its 91st annual meeting in Sonoma, CA, the organization will be honoring long-time president Donald (Don) Gordon Jr. for his years of service as chief executive officer.

Gordon served in the executive leadership position for Ag Council since 1992 and has been with Ag Council for 35 years. As president and chief executive officer, he was responsible for representing the interests of agricultural cooperatives and producer-owned businesses before the state legislature and governmental agencies.

“Don has devoted his entire career to the Ag Council, working as a champion for our cooperative members and their business interests even before he took on the executive president position 17 years ago,” says Mike Emigh, chairman of Ag Council. “He has worked tirelessly on a variety of issues for the last 35 years, helping to ensure that the Ag Council’s mission to enhance and grow agricultural cooperatives was fulfilled. It is truly fitting that he is be ing recognized with the Cooperative Leader Award.”

Gordon is scheduled to be honored during a luncheon on Tuesday, March 9, 2010. The awards presentation will cap off the Ag Council’s annual meeting, which begins on Monday, March 8, and will be held at the Lodge at Sonoma. The general session being held on Tuesday morning will feature speakers Rayne Pegg, administrator for USDA Agricultural Marketing Service; Bob Hertzberg, co-chair of California Forward; Greg Lucas, political satirist and former bureau chief for the San Francisco Chronicle; and David Carroll, director of operations and finance for the California Association of Food Banks.

The event will conclude with CoBank’s Pacific West Customer Meeting featuring speakers Marci Rossell, Ph.D., and former chief economist for CNBC; Terry Jones, founder of Travelocity; and Carlos Gutierrez, former CEO and chairman of Kellogg Company and former secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce. — WLJ