Joe Neal Hampton Announces Mid 2020 Retirement DateThu, 03 Oct 2019 11:57:50 CDT
A long time grain industry leader in Oklahoma, Joe Neal Hampton, has announced his resignation for the middle of next year- giving time for the multiple groups that he works with to find a replaement. Hampton released a letter to the grain industry on Thursday- and we were given permission to share it on our website and with our daily email readers:
Dear Assn. Members, Colleagues and Industry Friends:
After more than 47 years of service to the Oklahoma agribusiness industry, I have decided to announce my retirement effective June 30, 2020. A transition committee has been formed to select my replacement. This process has begun, and additional information will be forthcoming from the committee chair Steve Sweeney.
Serving as the President and CEO of the Enid Board of Trade, and now the Oklahoma Grain and Feed Assn., Oklahoma Agribusiness Retailers Assn., Oklahoma Seed Trade Assn., and Oklahoma Wheat Growers Assn. has indeed been a most rewarding and fulfilling experience. I could not have asked for a better group of people to work with over these years than those involved in the grain, feed, seed, fertilizer, ag chemical and wheat production business. It has truly been an honor to serve them.
I would like to thank the various Assn.’s Board of Directors for their leadership and steadfast commitment to their industry. They have always put the Assn. and industry matters above their own self interests. I would also like to especially thank Tammy for her 39 years of service as my Chief of Staff. Her tireless dedication to the Assn. made my job most enjoyable. I have been very lucky in this respect.
Lastly, I want to thank the membership for your involvement. An Assn. is only as strong as the members want it to be. I have had the good fortune of working with many great people over my tenure, not only with Assn. members but also with those involved within the Oklahoma agriculture industry. I have been truly blessed. I can honestly say I have looked forward to coming to work each and every day. However, all good things must come to an end and it is now time for me to move on to the next chapter of my life.
Again, thank you for the privilege to serve your industry and agriculture in general. I will miss you all a great deal.
Joe Neal Hampton
President and CEO
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