INDIANAPOLIS — Since its inception in 1947, the National FFA Foundation Sponsors’ Board has supported the foundation in securing funding in support of FFA and agricultural education. The group, comprised of approximately 40 top corporate executives who support the vision and mission of FFA and are interested in promoting careers in agribusiness, agriculture and food production, entrepreneurship and FFA, announces the following appointments to its current sponsors’ board:
John Niemann—2019 Chair, President, Cargill Protein Ingredients & International in Wichita, Kan.
Tony Ambroza, Chief Brand Officer, Carhartt in Dearborn, Mich.
Beth Bechdol, President and CEO, AgriNovus Indiana in Indianapolis, Ind.
Ira Bennett, Marketing Director, Lincoln Electric/Harris Products Group in Mason, Ohio.
Clint Erickson, Director of Sales, AGCO in Duluth, Ga.
Tony Fassino, Vice President, Caterpillar in Cary, N.C.
Rob Finch, Director of Marketing, CSX Transportation in Jacksonville, Fla.
Amy O’Shea, Vice President, FMC Corporation in Philadelphia, Penn.
Ryan Schaefer, Senior Director of Sales, Case IH in Racine, Wis.
Sam Sexhus, Group Vice President Ag Products, BNSF Railway Foundation in Fort Worth, Texas.
Michelle Stuttgen, Chief Financial Officer, Culvers in Prairie du Sac, Wis.
The National FFA Foundation Individual Giving Council is a group of volunteers consisting of individual donors, alumni and supporters, and business leaders. The council is key in assisting the National FFA Foundation in identifying and growing opportunities to provide financial resources in support of National FFA and agricultural education. For 2019, there is one new appointment to the individual giving council:
Breanne Harms, Division Manager, Customer Support, John Deere in Moline, Ill.
For a complete listing of all current sponsors’ board and individual giving council members, visit FFA.org/our-leadership/.
The National FFA Foundation is the fundraising arm of the National FFA Organization, which provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 669,989 student members in grades seven through 12, who belong to one of 8,630 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
— National FFA Organization
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