January 2018
Co-op Matters

2017 Agricultural Retailers Association Rising Stars

Agri-AFC had eight employees selected to participate in Agricultural Retailers Association’s Rising Stars 2017 Program! Six were able to attend ARA’s Conference in November in Phoenix, Arizona.

We are very proud of our guys!

ARA is a trade association based in Washington that advocates, influences, educates and provides services to support its members, comprised of companies such as Agri-AFC from across the United States.

From ARA’s website: "The Rising Stars program, sponsored by Yargus Manufacturing, offers member organizations an opportunity to recognize, reward and develop high achievers and emerging leaders within the agricultural retail field. The purpose of the program is to provide a vehicle for member organizations to introduce a young or emerging leader to the Agricultural Retailers Association, its activities and programs, including the ARA Conference and Expo."

Mike Malone, president of Agri-AFC, had submitted nominations for the 2017 Rising Star Class.

"We, as a company, should be very proud of the people who were considered and accepted into this select group," Malone said.

They are Heath Hughes, Lee Dickerson, Charles Armstrong, Rob Dowdy, Trae Stewart, Zach Limbaugh, Jeffrey Bloodworth and Paul Dawson.

Invitations were extended to them for ARA’s Conference. While there, they were recognized and introduced to the membership, and gained valuable professional development through an excellent lineup of speakers, industry leaders, educational sessions, exclusive networking events and a first-class trade show.

Please join me in congratulating these employees and let them know how proud we, as a company, are to have been represented by them.


Alec Sheffer is director of retail sales for Agri-AFC, LLC.