San Antonio, TX, October 30, 2010 --(PR.com
)-- The International Brangus Breeders Association (IBBA) has hired Ben Spitzer as Marketing Programs Director. Ben was born into a family whose involvement in the cattle industry dates back several generations with both commercial and registered cattle. He grew up with a heavy involvement with FFA, 4H, the SC Junior Cattlemen’s Association and the Junior Brangus program. It has been his desire, from a very young age, to make animal agriculture his priority and he now pledges his education, personal experiences and leadership to further goals and direction of IBBA.
Spitzer attended Oklahoma State University (OSU) on an academic scholarship and in 2004 received a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science with an animal production emphasis. At OSU, he was involved with a variety of leadership activities. Ben additionally obtained a Master’s Degree in Integrated Resource Management from Colorado State University (CSU). As part of his Master’s Program, he interned with the Red Angus Association of America (RAAA) in Denton, Texas. Upon finishing his program at CSU, he was subsequently hired as Communications/Member Services Director at RAAA where he served for two years.
Most recently Ben was General Manager of Salacoa Valley Farms, Fairmount, Georgia. He has been actively involved with the IBBA serving on the Commercial Marketing Committee and as Vice Chairman of the Promotions Committee.
Spitzer is also very active in the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) as well as being a founding member of the NCBA Young Producer’s Council (YPC), serving as the chair of the YPC Membership Committee and representing YPC on the NCBA Membership committee. In 2010 he was elected Chairman of YPC and serves on the NCBA Executive Committee. These experiences have enhanced his perspective of the entire cattle industry, seedstock cattle production, the Brangus breed and have made him keenly aware of what is driving the commercial cattle industry in today’s economy.
His position will involve activity on many fronts for the Brangus Association; including Breed Promotion, Commercial Marketing and Communications. He states, “I am excited to be a part of the staff at IBBA. There is a great opportunity for Association members, and most importantly their customers who use Brangus genetics, because of the value of Brangus to commercial beef producers.”