The 2018 Youth Beef Industry Conference (YBIC), hosted by the American Angus Association, was held in Ohio. “What an incredible experience building tomorrow’s leaders today,” exclaimed Bonnie Ramirez, JBBA Youth Director. Approximately 160 youth leaders representing 18 different breed/cattle associations participated in this year’s YBIC. “JBBA had four young ladies who proudly represented the Junior Beefmaster Breeders Association at the conference,” Ramirez added. JBBA leaders that attended YBIC included Braylee Mackie – District 5 director, Amanda McCoskey – Reporter, Kodi Stapp – District 2 Director and Caitlin Vargas – District 4 Director. According to the YBIC coordinator, this year denoted one of the larger YBIC events ever held.
YBIC participants appreciated an energetic, powerful and inspirational keynote presentation by A’Ric Jackson. His mission is to teach, inspire, and encourage all those who hear him, and to take the challenge of helping others pursue their goals and dreams. “He really energized the youth! Our JBBA board was moved and excited with his presentation,” Bonnie added.
Panel speakers included Dr. Stephen Boyles The Ohio State University, Extension Beef Specialist; Elizabeth Harsh Ohio Cattlemen’s Association, Executive Director; Lee Miller Paint Valley Farms and Jon Gevelinger JG Cattle & Coaching, Weaver Leather Livestock ProStaff. YBIC’ goers were able to ask the panelists questions and receive valuable insight from knowledgeable industry leaders.
Participants enjoyed a tour of world renowned Weaver Leather and the Certified Angus Beef headquarters. The tours were fascinating, interesting, educational and overall an awesome experience.
“It was a great experience all the way around … from getting to know my fellow Beefmaster directors and getting to know other breed association directors,” District 4 Director, Caitlin Vargas exclaimed! “It was great to learn about the different leadership styles and what “categories” fellow Beefmaster directors fall under and how all leadership styles make it work together.
Weaver Leather and Certified Angus Beef played an integral large role in making this conference a success. The conference focused on leadership, character and personal branding.