Texas Agriculture April 15, 2016 : Page 5

Longtime member, employee to lead TFB staff 6L&RRNQDPHG([HFXWLYH'LUHFWRUDQG&KLHI2SHUDWLQJ2IÀFHU The Texas Farm Bureau (TFB) board of direc-tors recently named Si Cook as the organization’s Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer upon the retirement of Vernie R. Glasson III. Cook will assume the responsibility of busi-ness manager and COO of the state’s largest general farm organization on May 26. Glasson will serve in the role of advisor until his retire-ment in July. “Our board voted unanimously to elect Si Cook as executive director of Texas Farm Bureau,” said Russell Boening, TFB president. “Si has exten-sive experience in agriculture and our organiza-tion. We are confident in his ability to lead the staff of Texas Farm Bureau into the future.” Cook, 56, has served the organization for more than 28 years, most recently as a member of the senior management staff under Glasson. He heads the Organization division. In that role, he is re-sponsible for member benefits and services, educa-tion and outreach, youth programs, policy develop-ment and young farmer and rancher programs and training. He also oversees staff development. Prior to his role in the Organization division, Cook was an area field representative for seven years where he served as a liaison between the state office and 22 county Farm Bureaus. Cook’s Farm Bureau career began on the land as a rancher, member and volunteer leader in South Texas. He served terms as a board member and president of the DeWitt County Farm Bureau. He still maintains a ranching operation in South Texas that he started in the early 1970s. “I am honored and excited by this opportunity,” Cook said. “I look forward to serving the board of directors, the members of Texas Farm Bureau and the employees of our organization and affiliated companies.” Cook and his wife, the former Kimberly Pate, are both natives of Yoakum. They are graduates of Tex-as State University. Kim is a former educator. They make their home in McGregor near Waco. The EASY DR Way to TRIM and MOW! ® NEW LOW PRICE! The DR ® TRIMMER MOWER Gives You 5X the power and NONE of the backstrain of handheld trimmers! TRIMS & MOWS thick grass and weeds without bogging down—the only trimmer guaranteed not to wrap! ROLLS LIGHT AS A FEATHER on big, easy-rolling wheels! THICKEST, LONGEST-LASTING cutting cord (up to 225 mil) takes seconds to change. A PRIL 15, 2016 92014X © 2016 LIBERTY LIBERTY-DAYTON CHRYSLER DODGE JEEP RAM 800-833-8841 libertydaytonchrysler.com NEW BRAUNFELS BLUEBONNET CHRYSLER, DODGE 800-879-2621 bbdodge.com PLEASANTON ATASCOSA DODGE 888-499-1955 www.atascosa.com The only trimmer GUARANTEED not to wrap! PLUS, NEW TOW-BEHIND MODELS FOR TRACTORS, ATVS & RIDING MOWERS! TAYLOR NYLE MAXWELL CHRYSLER DODGE JEEP RAM 512-218-5300 NyleMaxwell.com TYLER AUTONATION 800-562-7673 allensamuelstyler.com FREE SHIPPING 6 MONTH TRIAL SOME LIMITATIONS APPLY Call or go online for details. Call for FREE DVD and Catalog! TOLL FREE 877-201-8777 DRtrimmers.com 5

Longtime Member, Employee to Lead TFB Staff

Si Cook named Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer

The Texas Farm Bureau (TFB) board of directors recently named Si Cook as the organization’s Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer upon the retirement of Vernie R. Glasson III.

Cook will assume the responsibility of business manager and COO of the state’s largest general farm organization on May 26. Glasson will serve in the role of advisor until his retirement in July.

“Our board voted unanimously to elect Si Cook as executive director of Texas Farm Bureau,” said Russell Boening, TFB president. “Si has extensive experience in agriculture and our organization. We are confident in his ability to lead the staff of Texas Farm Bureau into the future.”

Cook, 56, has served the organization for more than 28 years, most recently as a member of the senior management staff under Glasson. He heads the Organization division. In that role, he is responsible for member benefits and services, education and outreach, youth programs, policy development and young farmer and rancher programs and training. He also oversees staff development.

Prior to his role in the Organization division, Cook was an area field representative for seven years where he served as a liaison between the state office and 22 county Farm Bureaus.

Cook’s Farm Bureau career began on the land as a rancher, member and volunteer leader in South Texas. He served terms as a board member and president of the DeWitt County Farm Bureau.

He still maintains a ranching operation in South Texas that he started in the early 1970s.

“I am honored and excited by this opportunity,” Cook said. “I look forward to serving the board of directors, the members of Texas Farm Bureau and the employees of our organization and affiliated companies.”

Cook and his wife, the former Kimberly Pate, are both natives of Yoakum. They are graduates of Texas State University. Kim is a former educator. They make their home in McGregor near Waco.

Read the full article at http://texasagriculture.texasfarmbureau.org/article/Longtime+Member%2C+Employee+to+Lead+TFB+Staff/2454621/297767/article.html.

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