September 2017
Co-op Matters

Recognizing a Growth Leader


Wayne Holt, right, received the Alabama Distinguished Cooperator award from Jim Allen, vice president of Public Relations for AFC.

Wayne Holt receives Alabama Distinguished Cooperator award.

The Alabama Council of Cooperatives sponsors the Alabama Distinguished Cooperator awards program. The program is designed to recognize those individuals who have made outstanding contributions to agriculture, cooperatives and other related areas. This award is presented at the organization’s annual meeting held during the organization’s annual Couples Conference in July.

This year’s honoree was Wayne Holt of Athens. Holt recently retired from Alabama Farmers Cooperative Inc. after 44 years of service. Having held a few titles at AFC, Holt ultimately served as chief information officer and his responsibilities included providing AFC employees the computer hardware, software and support they need to accomplish their work.

Under Holt’s supervision, AFC employees built most of the PCs used in offices and retail stores, and most of the software was developed in-house as well.

Holt was also responsible for managing corporate telecommunications. Because of his expertise, he was selected as Telecommunications Manager of the Year by the Alabama Telecommunications Management Association in 1998.

Holt was honorably discharged from U. S. Coast Guard Reserves, June 1972.

He holds a BS degree in Business Administration from Athens State University and has attended numerous management, professional development, and technical classes and seminars. His education, training and experience qualified him to teach computer programming at Calhoun Community College.

Holt has been an outstanding leader in the growth of AFC, its wholly-owned subsidiaries and joint ventures as well as its member Cooperatives and their farmer owners.

His exceptional judgment, wealth of experience and ability to apply these with common sense have nurtured AFC and led it forward in its never-ceasing goal of service to its member farmers.

Holt and his wife Shirley have been married 48 years and have two children and four grandchildren. He is active at Eastside Church of Christ where he has written class material, taught Bible classes and served as elder for over 20 years.