NACS recently concluded our 44th Annual National Convention, which was the first ever Convention held in Washington, D.C. I want to extend a big THANK YOU to the Convention Committee for all of their hard work and planning in organizing a very successful Convention. We were very fortunate to have several speakers from the National Office and the National Finance & Accounting Operations Center (NFAOC), including Val Dolcini, Administrator; Chris Beyerhelm, Associate Administrator; Greg Diephouse, DAFO; Jim Radintz, DAFLP; Sharon Sachs, Chief Farm & Community Services Branch; and Cindy Haas, Chief Farm Services Branch. NACS members were also able to have questions addressed by a large Q&A panel, which included Tom Mulhern, HR Director; Darren Ash, CIO; Radha Sekar, CFO; Brad Pfaff, DAFP; Tony Bainbridge, NFAOC Director; and Mark Rucker, DAM. I believe NACS members especially appreciated the special effort put forth by Jim Radintz and nearly the entire National Office staff to attend, introduce themselves, and mingle with members. A NACS Newsletter will be coming out soon to highlight convention events.
NACS was proud to honor Ben Herink, NE, with the "Blood, Sweat, and Tears Award" at our banquet on Wednesday evening. The award is the highest honor given by NACS, and Ben's humble, yet moving, speech showed why he was an excellent choice to be the recipient. There were also many adopted resolutions brought forth by the membership for improving our service to FSA customers, which the NACS Board will be discussing further with the National Office. The Committee Reports will be posted to the NACS website for your review in the near future.
The newly elected NACS Board consists of the following members: John Gehrke, IL - President; Theresa Windham, GA - Vice President; Ray Bartholomew, KS - Secretary; Ryan Lukassen, NM - Treasurer; Lisa Liska, NE - Past President; Casey Toyne, CO - Zone A Representative; Joseph Grier, TX - Zone B Representative; Jeremey Burner, VA - Zone C Representative; and Jamelda Fulton, MS - Zone D Representative. Please feel free to contact any member of the NACS Board with any concerns or issues which you may have.
In this upcoming year, it is important than we encourage and support each other and reach out to our fellow employees to join or again become involved in our Association. We will continue to tell the NACS story because what we do has a positive effect in rural America. As an Association, NACS does make a difference. We make the Agency work better for our customers and our employees, which, in turn, makes the Agency a better place to work.
I look forward to this upcoming year and working with you!
LeAnn is a Farm Loan Chief from New Mexico. She was elected NACS President at the June 2019 Convention.