The Ohio AgriBusiness Association has selected Christopher Henney as its new President and Chief Executive Officer. Henney succeeds Gary King, who will stay on at the association in a consulting capacity until his retirement in October 2011. Henney officially assumed responsibility as OABA President and CEO on May 2.
"We are very pleased to welcome Chris as our new CEO," said OABA Board Chair Herb Mayer. "We selected Chris out of a pool of 38 impressive candidates because we felt he had the skillset, talents and vision to help re-launch OABA to meet today's challenges. Chris is a great policy talent who has the ability to work with a wide variety of constituents on issues important to agriculture's focus on feeding a growing global population."
Henney comes to OABA from the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF), where he most recently served as director of legislative relations. He began his career with OFBF in 1998 as an organization director in Carroll, Harrison, Jefferson and Tuscarawas counties and later served as director of policy development and director of agricultural ecology programs. He earned his Master's degree in Business Administration from Capital University and his Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture from The Ohio State University.
"As an Ohio native, I am honored to have the opportunity to guide OABA," Henney said. "This association has a successful 130-year history of serving Ohio's commercial agribusiness industry. The board wants to build upon that strong foundation and take the organization in a new direction. I look forward to helping OABA take an increasingly proactive role in addressing our diverse membership's legislative and educational needs and working to raise the association's prominence in Ohio and across the country."
With Ohio at the forefront of debate over critical issues such as animal care, nutrient management and water quality, OABA leadership recognizes the need for the association and its membership to play an active role in planning and policy. "The agribusiness industry is changing dramatically and will continue to change over the next five years. In order to continue to serve our members, OABA must change with it," Mayer said.
Increasing OABA legislative activities and strengthening member education opportunities will be two key topics discussed during the association's strategic planning process, which will kick off at its board meeting this June. During that time, the Board will determine OABA's direction and priority areas moving forward. Additional information about OABA and its members can be found at www.oaba.net.
The Ohio AgriBusiness Association is a commercial agribusiness state trade association which has promoted an active, professional, profitable and environmentally sound agribusiness industry in Ohio since 1890. OABA provides government representation, education and training, information services, member services and industry networking to its membership, which includes feed processors and distributors, independent and cooperative grain elevators, fertilizer dealers and processers, chemical companies, equipment companies, consultants, agribusiness law firms, agricultural financers, agribusiness insurance and more.