September 2007
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At AFC Headquarters: Co-op Managers Recognized for Setting Pace

Pacesetter Awards are given every year at the annual Co-op Manager’s Meeting. Awards are presented for Total Dollar Purchases, for Total Percentage Increase and some presentations were based on other information collected during AFC’s fiscal year 2006-2007.


Chief operating officer for BioLogic, Bobby Cole, far left, presented several classifications of awards at the managers meeting. (Standing from left) Tim Wood, general manager for Central Alabama Farmers Co-op, was presented an award for Overall Performance; Karen Linker, manager of Franklin County Co-op for Most Improved; Ralph Ricks, manager of Quality Cooperative, Inc., for Overall Performance; (kneeling) Mac Free, manager of Elmore County Exchange, for Spring Sales and Reggie Shook, general manager of Lauderdale County Co-op, for Best Showcase. Not pictured were representatives for Jay Peanut Farmers Co-op for Most Improved and Houston County Farmers Exchange for Best Showcase.
 
Kyle Curington (left), Bonnie Plant Farm sales manager presented Reggie Shook, general manager of Lauderdale County Co-op, with a Sales Award. Not pictured are a representative from Morgan Farmers Co-op for Sales and a representative from Jay Peanut Farmers Co-op for Percentage Increase.

(From left) Paul Thompson, manager of Blount County Farmers Co-op, received an award for Farm Plan Largest Percent Increase; Farm Plan representative, Pat Chesnut, presented the awards; and Chris Casey, manager of Altha Farmers Co-op, was presented an award for Largest Dollar Volume.
 
Steve Moore (center), AFC’s VP of the Feed, Farm and Home Department, presented awards to Russell Gibbs (right), manager at Central Alabama Farmers Co-op, for Sales and Todd Smith, (left), manager of Hartford Farmers Co-op, for Percentage Increase. Not pictured for a Sales award is a representative from Houston County Farmers Exchange.

Accepting awards from AFC feed manager David Riggs (middle) is (from left) Chad Federer, manager of Cullman Farmers Co-op, for Feed Sales; Russell Gibbs, manager at Central Alabama Farmers Co-op for Feed Sales; and Wayne Gilliam, manager of Tuscaloosa Farmers Co-op, for Percentage Increase.
 
(From left) Representing Central Alabama Farmers Co-op was Chris Godbold who was awarded a Pacesetter Award for Feed Ingredients Sales; Phil James, AFC director of feed ingredients presented the awards; Goshen Farmers Co-op manager Neil Kelly, received an award for Percentage Increase and Todd Pearce, manager of Houston County Farmers Exchange, received an award for Sales.

Accepting awards for Crop Protection Percentage Increase is Scott Hartley (left), manager of Taleecon Farmers Co-op and Celena Gaines (right), manager of Limestone Farmers Co-op, for Crop Protection Sales. The awards were presented by Agriliance representative, Johnny LeCroix. Not pictured for a Sales award was a representative from Elberta Farmers Co-op.
 
Ben Courson (left), manager of Opp’s Co-op, and Carthel Allen (right) of Madison County Co-op accepting awards for Crop Nutrient Sales from Ken Carr, Red Fox Fertilizer manager.

(From left) Accepting an award for Grain Sales is Johnny Hayes, general manager of Colbert Farmers Co-op; AFC’s VP of Grain John Gamble presented the awards; Wayne Ward, manager of Pike Farmers Co-op received the Pacesetter Award for Percentage Increase and Ralph Ricks, manager of Quality Cooperative, Inc., for Grain Sales.
 
Neil Kelly (left), manager of Goshen Farmers Co-op and Brian Morris (right) of Limestone Farmers Co-op accepting awards for Seed Sales from Grady Congo, Agri-AFC seed manager. Not pictured for Percent Increase is a representative from Calhoun Farmers Co-op.

(From left) Paul Thompson, manager of Blount County Farmers Co-op, receiving the Lawn and Garden Pacesetter Award for Percentage Increase; Susan Parker, AFC lawn and garden director; and receiving awards for Sales are Ken Loveless, manager of Winston Farmers Co-op and Ronny Neely, general manager of DeKalb Farmers Co-op.

Jerry Ogg (center), AFC director of Tires, Batteries and Accessories, presented awards for Sales to Russell Gibbs (right), manager at Central Alabama Farmers Co-op and Todd Pearce (left), manager of Houston County Farmers Exchange. Not pictured for Percent Increase is a representative from Headland Peanut Warehouse Co-op.

Excellence in Safety Awards were presented to twenty-four Co-op
managers who achieved outstanding results for their Co-ops and for
AFC’s Safety and Loss Control Program. (Standing) Justin Crumbley,
manager at DeKalb Farmers Co-op, Rainsville; Bill Jones, manager of
Talladega County Exchange; Mack Free, manager of Elmore County
Exchange; Russell Gibbs, manager at Central Alabama Farmers Co-op;
Karen Linker, manager of Franklin County Co-op; Todd Smith, manager
of Hartford Farmers Co-op; Wayne Ward, manager of Pike Farmers Co-op;
Lamar Peters, manager of Fayette Branch of AFC; Ronny Neely, general
manager of DeKalb Farmers Co-op; (kneeling) Ricky Aldridge, manager of
Walker Farmers Co-op; Steve Lann, manager of Marion County Co-op; Chris
Godbold, representing Central Alabama Farmers Co-op; Marie Cook, AFC
safety director; Wayne Gilliam, manager of Tuscaloosa Farmers Co-op; Ben
Courson, manager of Opp’s Co-op; Jeff Hughston, manager at Farmers
Cooperative Market, Leroy; and Larry Murphy, manager at Lauderdale
County Co-op, Elgin Crossroads. Not pictured are representatives from
Morgan Farmers Co-op, Hartselle; Calhoun Farmers Co-op, Jacksonville;
Farmers Cooperative of Ashville; Atmore Truckers Association; Mid-State
Farmers Co-op, Clanton, or DeKalb Farmers Co-op, Crossville.