It’s Our Turn to Make the Right Decisions
By Shauna Rose Hermel
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Nov. 5, 2016) — CEO Allen Moczygemba took to the stage in Indianapolis, Ind., Nov. 5 to welcome Angus members, commercial cattlemen and allied industry to the 2016 Angus Convention. Celebrating the heritage of the breed, he emphasized the impact of George Grant’s decision to bring Aberdeen-Angus bulls to Kansas in 1873.
“One decision, made by one man, ultimately changed the course of the cattle business,” said Moczygemba. “Because of that decision, today Angus touches every corner, every farm and ranch in this country, and people in restaurants around the world dine on the beef we produce.”
Citing many of the organization’s milestones, Moczygemba pointed out that the American Angus Association has a long history of making “the right decision at the right time.”
“Each decision built upon the other, creating synergies and ultimately setting the foundation for the great success we enjoy today,” he noted.
“While I’m a student of the past, I’m also a planner,” Moczygemba shared. “While the past is our foundation, a plan serves as the compass for the future, and while the two work hand-in-hand, you can never let your past control your future.”
Moczygemba warned of the dangers of complacency, comparing the more recent 45-year histories of the Hereford and Angus breeds. He attributed the greater success of the Angus breed to two reasons — (1) staying true to its mission and (2) strong leadership with the resolve to plan for the future and position the Association for long-term growth.
“In the 11 months I’ve been here, your Board of Directors, led by Chairman [Jim] Sitz’s leadership, has displayed the same commitment to innovative decision-making that has been so evident in our history,” Moczygemba said, praising the Board’s efforts in working on the Long-Range Strategic Plan that would be unveiled at the Association’s annual business meeting Nov. 7 (see “Facing the Future, Strategically,” page 44 in the January 2017 Angus Journal).
“As you consider the merits of our plan, I want you to think ahead 10, 20 and even 30 years. I want you to think about the possibilities and the opportunities that we’re going to create for our families, our businesses and our communities,” he encouraged, “because now it is our turn. It’s our turn to make the right decisions at the right time.”
To watch the full opening session, including both comments by Moczygemba and Certified Angus Beef LLC (CAB) President John Stika, visit http://bit.ly/Allen-John. For additional coverage of the Angus Convention — including summaries, speaker presentations, photos, videos and more — visit the convention newsroom at www.angus.media/news/Angus-Convention.