American Angus Association Regional Manager, David Gazda, inducted into Livestock MarketeersFri, 22 Oct 2021 09:24:33 CDT
Throughout his tenure, many individuals both in and out of the Angus family, have experienced the kindness, respect and true cowboy-humility of the southeast American Angus Association® regional manager who is most easily recognized when sporting his cowboy hat, wire rimmed glasses, starched jeans and soft smile. David Gazda, American Angus Association director of field services and regional manager, was inducted into the Livestock Marketeers Hall of Fame June 15.
The Livestock Marketeers, an informal fraternity of livestock fieldmen, auctioneers, sale managers and related livestock business leaders, recognized Gazda at their 56th Annual Banquet in Saint Joseph, Mo.
“David was recognized as an inductee for the Livestock Marketeers Hall of Fame due to his exceptional passion for the Angus breed and its membership, his willingness to help members of every size and scope, and his professionalism in advancing the interests of the Angus breed,” says Brett Spader, Angus Media president and member of the Livestock Marketeers.
Spader says Gazda is a true role model to fellow livestock marketing professionals, as he selflessly serves cattle producers and pushes the entire cattle industry forward.
Gazda began his career with the Association in 1988 as regional manager serving Georgia, Florida, North Carolina and South Carolina. As territories have been restructured, Gazda has also worked with Angus breeders in Alabama and Mississippi. In 2016, he was named director of field services, managing the Association’s 12 other regional managers.
“There’s no better position for someone who wants to be in the livestock industry,” Gazda says. “The only way I’ve been able to do what I have done is through faith, family and friends. That’s what is really responsible for having brought me through the last 33 years.”
Today, after more than 30 years now spent in the role, he manages the entire team of regional managers and is the longest-standing member of the current group. His territory includes Florida, Georgia and South Carolina.
Gazda resides in Athens, Ga., and today he still covers Florida, Georgia and South Carolina. The Gazdas raised two daughters, Katie and Taylor, in the Angus breed. They also have one grandson, David Hudson Stipe.
— Written by Karen Hiltbrand, Angus Communications, Julie Mais, Angus Journal and Megan Silveira, Angus Journal
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