January 23, 2017


ACI Member Alert - Leadership Changes Coming Soon

ACI Members:
I am writing to share with you some coming staff leadership changes for ACI.  After seven years as our President, Beth Bechdol is stepping down to concentrate on other food and agriculture related initiatives through her position at Ice Miller LLP.   Beth shared this news with us early in 2016 giving us time to form a President search committee and work through an intentional process to find our next executive.  The Board of Directors is pleased to announce a new leadership and management structure that includes support from KAW Management, Ice Miller LLP and Bose Public Affairs.  Amy Cornell with Bose Public Affairs will assume the role of President beginning on February 1, 2017. 
  • KAW Management - Kelli Waggoner and Jayne McElwain will continue to oversee administrative management and coordination of ACI's financial matters and association events and seminars.
  • Ice Miller LLP - Mark Shublak, Lesa Dietrick and Katie Glick will make up the ACI Legislative and Government Affairs team, supporting the association with state and federal policy and regulatory representation and advocacy.
  • Bose Public Affairs - Amy Cornell will assume the role of President providing executive and strategic leadership to the association.
Beth helped us grow into an effective, relevant and sophisticated association with not only a renewed purpose but also a path to longer term success.  She was key to setting forward a vision for ACI, to re-engaging members, to ensuring our financial viability and to building a pipeline of new leaders.  Her leadership and thoughtful approach to the needs of our members will be missed.
Amy will begin her post with strong knowledge of the agriculture industry.   She formerly served as Director of Policy and Regulatory Affairs for the Indiana State Department of Agriculture (ISDA), and a Policy Advisor and Counsel for Indiana Farm Bureau.  She currently serves as Second Vice President at Bose Public Affairs and will devote a significant amount of her time to this role of ACI President. 
Amy brings tremendous knowledge of key agricultural issues from several of her past roles.  She is very familiar with working for membership-based organizations like ours, and her enthusiasm to take on this role for ACI is contagious.  We look forward to working with her as we continue to strengthen our efforts in so many areas on behalf of our members. 
I encourage each of you to attend this week's annual Conference and Expo to wish Beth well, thank her for her service and also to meet Amy and welcome her to our association.   Visit the ACI website (www.inagribiz.org) or contact Jayne McElwain ( jmcelwain@inagribiz.org) to register - there's still time!
Thank you for your continued support of ACI!
Sal Sama
ACI Board Chair - Winfield Solutions