Iowa Cattlemens Association hires new CEO

May 15, 2010
by WLJ

The Iowa Cattlemen’s Association (ICA) announced last week the hiring of Duane Gangwish as their new CEO. ICA President Kent Pruismann from Rock Valley, IA, said, “Duane joins ICA with a broad knowledge of the cattle industry, possessing a deep understanding of environmental issues.” Gangwish replaces Bruce Berven who is retiring after four years at the helm.

Gangwish is a native of Nebraska where, for the last five years, he held the position of VP of Environmental Affairs for Nebraska Cattlemen (NC). Prior to joining NC, he worked for an environmental engineering firm specializing in design, construction and NPDES permitting for the beef industry in Nebraska, Iowa and South Dakota, with direct involvement in over 200 projects. His duties at NC included significant public policy work on both the state and federal level regarding natural resources, the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act, and conservation programs under the purview of USDA.

“I am truly honored and humbled to be entrusted with the responsibilities of this office. I look forward to continuing the strong traditions of leadership for agricultureĀ“ a quality for which ICA is widely known,” says Gangwish.

ICA President-Elect Ross Havens from Wiota, IA, says, “The board of directors developed a comprehensive selection criteria for the new CEO and conducted an exhaustive search for the right candidate to provide competent and balanced leadership for the association.” Gangwish will officially begin his duties May 24.

ICA is a producer-driven, 10,000-member-strong organization whose focus is the present and future generations of cattle producers in Iowa. — WLJ