Angus Regional Managers Receive Respective State Honors
By Katy Holdener
American Angus Association® Director of Field Services David Gazda and Regional Manager Jeff Mafi were recently awarded honors by the Georgia Angus Association and Oklahoma Angus Associations, respectively.
Gazda was inducted into the Georgia Angus Hall of Fame on March 3 in Athens, Georgia, during the Georgia Angus Associations Annual Meeting and Banquet. The Georgia Angus Association board of directors selected Gazda to receive the honor due to his longstanding commitment to advancing the Angus breed in his home state of Georgia.
“I’m very humbled and appreciative of the Georgia Angus Association board of directors and membership for this recognition,” Gazda said. “Having personally known many of the previous inductees and their contributions to the Angus breed in the state, some of whom served as mentors early in my career, makes this honor that much more meaningful.”
A week later, fellow Association Regional Manager Jeff Mafi received the Mr. Angus award from the Oklahoma Angus Association on March 9 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Mafi was selected because he goes above and beyond to initiate programs and promote Oklahoma Angus, according to Gaye Pfieffer, Oklahoma Angus Association Secretary and Treasurer.
“This is a very special award to receive from the Oklahoma Angus Association,” Mafi said. “This type of recognition is so humbling both professionally and personally. I think anytime you’re recognized by your peers, it’s extremely rewarding.”
The American Angus Association is proud to have both Gazda and Mafi representing the organization as the boots-on-the-ground resources for our membership.
“These awards speak volumes about their involvement in their local Angus associations and the extra care they take in providing service to their membership,” said Association CEO Allen Moczygemba.