Past RAAA Winners

Personality of the Year Award

Year Name Location
1975 JIM LEACHMAN MT
1976 JOSEPH P. GIVHAN AL
1977 GEORGE CHIGA OK
1978 SALLY FORBES WY
1979 KEN THATCHER IA
1980 ABDON AND MARTIN LIZASO Argentina
1981 FRANCES R. NEWTON CO
1982 RAY MEYER SD
1983 BILLY POWELL AL
1984 ROY G. BEEBY OK
1985 JOHN V. ROBBINS MT
1986 WAYNE SIBBALD Canada
1987 ROY D. MC PHEE CA
1988 NORMA AND TERRY ROHRDANZ NE
1989 JACKIE AND ELAINE KLOPFER KY
1990 DOUG AND LINDA ANDERSEN NE
1991 DAN AND MARY STRAKA NE
1992 E. W. YANCEY VA
1993 WALTER LARSON IA
1994 DAVID KLINDT MO
1995 HOWARD AND CHARLOTTE BOBBITT TN
1996 LELAND “LEE” LEACHMAN MT
1997 JANE AND HENRY WHITLEY AL
1998 JIM KOLLE TX
1999 JON ROBINETT WY
2000 KYLE AND AMY GILCHRIST IA
2001 STEVE ANDRAS IL
2002 KELLI AND DONNELL BROWN TX
2003 MIRIAM FOSHEE AL
2004 SAL FORBES & GEORGE CHIGA WY & OK
2005 JACK AND MARTHA ROBERTS NM
2006 WAYNE FERGUSON TX
2007 CONNIE MUSHRUSH KS
2008 JOHN AND JANE PICCATTO IL
2009 JOHN EKLUND TX
2010 JOAN LUDVIGSON AND JOANN JAMES IA
2011 MARK MOXLEY MD
2012 MARY OTLEY OR
2013 RON AND ESTHER FISCHER MT
2014 RAYMOND PRESCOTT SC

Red Angus Advocate of the Year Award

Recognizes a special Red Angus member or commercial producer who passionately expresses support of the Red Angus breed to seedstock producers, commercial producers, industry partners and/or consumers.

Year Name Location
2015 GARY JACOBSON MN
2016 LOIS BIEBER SD
2017 CELESTE SETTRINI CA
2018 TOM ODLE CO

Pioneer Breeder of the Year

Recognizes long-time members of the Red Angus Association who over the years have maintained the quality and excellence of their herds through diligent breeding practices, always keeping Red Angus cattle at the forefront of their breeding programs.

Year Name Location
1987 BERT CRANE CA
1988 OWEN KOLLE TX
1989 CLARK AND JEAN MC KELVEY TX
1990 LEE AND ELAINE MC LEAN MO
1991 HENRY AND JANE WHITLEY AL
1992 JIM AND CORINNE LEACHMAN MT
1993 THE FORBES FAMILY WY
1994 RON AND LOIS BIEBER SD
1995 ROY AND NELLIE MC PHEE & FAMILY CA
1996 ROY G. BEEBY & FAMILY OK
1997 JACK AND GINI CHASE & FAMILY WY
1998 LORENZEN FAMILY OR
1999 RALPH AND HELEN PEDERSON SD
2000 LAWRENCE FORSTER FAMILY ND
2001 REX AND JOANN JAMES IA
2002 EMILY AND DAVE LARSON MT
2003 JOHN ROBBINS FAMILY MT
2004 50 MOST-INFLUENTIAL PEOPLE
2005 JIM AND ALYNDA MCLEAN GA
2006 JIM SHIRM TX
2007 CLIFFORD & DENNIS HALFMANN TX
2008 TONY AND KAREN MESSMER ND
2009 LARRY GILL FAMILY SD
2010 SCHULER-OLSEN FAMILY NE
2011 LELAND RED ANGUS MT
2012 LOOSLI RED ANGUS ID
2013 ROB AND PEGGY BROWN TX
2014 PIEPER RED ANGUS NE
2015 HALL RED ANGUS NE
2016 PELTON RED ANGUS KS
2017 CROISSANT RED ANGUS CO
2018 SONSTEGARD CATTLE COMPANY MN

Breeder of the Year

Recognizes members who have contributed to and maintained an excellent standard of quality in breeding Red Angus cattle. Recipients are preferred to have had notable recent success in their operations.

Year Name Location
1979 MACKENZIE BROS. Canada
1980 R.C. BUCKNER TX
1981 GAROLD PARKS IA
1982 ROBERT L. ANGEL GA
1983 JIM LEACHMAN MT
1984 ROY D. MC PHEE CA
1985 AL ENFINGER FL
1986 DAVID CAWLFIELD MT
1987 LEONARD LORENZEN OR
1988 JACK AND GINI CHASE WY
1989 JOHN AND BETTY LAMBRECHT MT
1990 REX AND JOANN JAMES IA
1991 CLIFF AND AUDREY HAUGEN MT
1992 JACKIE AND ELAINE KLOPFER KY
1993 ROY G. BEEBY OK
1994 JOHN AND SANDRA ROBBINS MT
1995 MELVIN AND LUELLA LELAND MT
1996 THE SCHULER FAMILY NE
1997 HAROLD AND PAT HUGHES MT
1998 FORBES FAMILY – SAL, SPIKE, CAM, TRISH WY
1999 SONSTEGARD FAMILY MN
2000 TONY AND KAREN MESSMER ND
2001 KIRBY AND ROBYN LANE MO
2002 JACK AND GINI CHASE WY
2003 RON, LOIS, CRAIG & PEGGY BIEBER SD
2004 RAISLAND RED ANGUS MT
2005 PIEPER RED ANGUS NE
2006 5L RANCH – LARRY & LISA MEHLHOFF MT
2007 LARRY AND JEAN CROISSANT CO
2008 LARRY LORENZEN OR
2009 JOE AND CONNIE MUSHRUSH KS
2010 PELTON RED ANGUS KS
2011 LUDVIGSON STOCK FARMS IA
2012 CROSS DIAMOND CATTLE CO. NE
2013 FEDDES RED ANGUS MT
2014 WHITLEY RED ANGUS AL
2015 HUEFTLE CATTLE CO. NE
2016 PIEPER RED ANGUS NE
2017 RED HILL FARMS TN
2018 WEDEL RED ANGUS KS

Commercial Producer of the Year

Recognizes commercial producers who have successfully used Red Angus genetics in their operation. Qualifying recipients should have a history of using RAAA commercial marketing tools which add value to their calf crop. This award is not restricted to one recipient a year.

Year Name Location
2004 JOHN WARREN, PAXTON RANCH NE
2005 JOE TALLY MS
2006 BROSECO RANCH TX
2007 MARY OTLEY OR
2008 JOHN PRICE AND JOHN HANKS CO
2009 BRUCE AND LYNETTE DURHEIM ND
2010 GEORGE BROWN, HOODOO RANCH WY
2010 DELONG FAMILY RANCH NV
2011 KENANSVILLE CATTLE CO. FL
SUN AG FL
2012 SKINNER RANCES INC. OR
2013 JACK BICKEL AND DAUGHTER ROBIN SD
2014 BILL AND CLAUDIA TUCKER VA
2015 INDIAN CANYON RANCH TX
WAGONHOUND LAND & LIVESTOCK WY
2016 MARK AND JAIME BURCHFIELD NE
2017 BLEW PARTNERSHIP (C.J., BECKIE & RUSSELL BLEW) CO
2018 YANCE FARMS AL
TOEDTLI RANCH CO
ROSSI RANCHES CA

John V. Robbins Distinguished Service

Recognizes Red Angus members or individuals of the RAAA who have contributed to the betterment of services offered by the Association. Anyone who has contributed time or talents to enhance the services provided by the RAAA to its members. Recipients are not required to be RAAA members.

Year Name Location
1980 KEN THATCHER IA
1981 DR. RICHARD WILHAM IA
1982 CHARLES J. SHARP, JR IA
1983 ROY G. BEEBY OK
1984 JOHN AIRY IA
1985 ROBERT PRICE TN
1986 DR. RICHARD BOURDON CO
1987 BILL CALLAHAN NE
1988 DARRELL SCHULER NE
1989 DAVID KLINDT MO
1990 BETTY GRIMSHAW TX
1991 ROBERT M. NEWMAN TN
1992 JOHN V. ROBBINS MT
1993 JACK AND GINI CHASE WY
1994 DOUG ANDERSEN OR
1995 SPIKE FORBES WY
1996 DR. ROBERT HOUGH TX
1997 LELAND “LEE” LEACHMAN MT
1998 B. LYNN GORDON TX
1999 WAYNE FERGUSON TX
2000 DAVE AND CATHY OTTO WY
2001 KENDA PONDER TX
2002 DAWN BERNHARD IA
2003 ESTHER FISCHER MT
2004 KEN BOWER & JUDY EDWARDS TX
2005 MELVIN LELAND MT
2006 HAROLD HUGHES MT
2007 FRANK WEDEL KS
2008 KELLI BROWN TX
2009 JACK AND GINI CHASE WY
2010 FOREST DUNNING WY
2011 MARTIN MORGAN NC
2012 JIM DAVIS ID
2013 TOM WOODWARD TX
2014 CHERYL AND CASSIE JOHNSON, LATE DAN JOHNSON IA
2015 FRANK WEDEL KS
2016 STEVE ANDRAS IL
2017 BUTCH & SUSAN SCHULER NE
2018 CRAIG BIEBER NE

Industry Service Award

Recognizes an individual, company, beef industry association or academic community who has helped RAAA achieve excellence in the beef cattle industry during the past year or more.

Year Name Location
1995 DR. BRUCE GOLDEN, CSU CO
1996 SYSCO, INC. TX
1997 SUPERIOR LIVESTOCK, PAUL BRANCH
1998 MARK BRADLEY, USDA
1999 RICK BOURDON, CSU CO
2000 EXCEL CORPORATION KS
MARCINE MOLDENHAUER
STAN CULVER
2001 DR. HARLAN RITCHIE MI
2002 JIM DAVIS ID
2003 CARA GERKEN, USDA
2004 MARK NELSON, ANGUS AMERICA
2005 BARRY CARPENTER, USDA
KEN BULL, EXCEL CORP.
2006 STEPHEN HAINES, CENTRE FOR STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT
2007 MEYER NATURAL BEEF
2008 CENTURY FEEDERS KS
2009 DEVELOPERS OF THE GENETIC DEFECT MARKERS
2010 ROGER JACOBS MT
2011 SUPERIOR LIVESTOCK
2012 BLAKE ANGELL KS
2013 ROB FRASER, MILES CITY LIVESTOCK COMMISSION MT
2014 BEEF MARKETING GROUP, JOHN BUTLER
TYSON FRESH MEATS, INC., BRAD BRANDENBURG
2015 GENESEEK
2016 MOBRIDGE LIVESTOCK SD
2017 DR. KEN ODDE KS
2018 DR. MARK ENNS CO

Outstanding Junior Red Angus Member Award

Recognizes an outstanding JRA member who has contributed his or her services to the betterment of the national JRA throughout the past year.

Year Name Location
1995 WILL ANDRAS, PAST JRA PRESIDENT IL
1996 KAREN MCGEE, PAST JRA PRESIDENT
1997 CODY GRIFFIN, PAST JRA PRESIDENT
1998 BRAD RAMSEY, JRA PRESIDENT
1999 STEPHANIE VOS, JRA PRESIDENT
2000 JOHN CARTER TN
2001 CODY HALFMANN TX
2002 ALAINA BURT MN
2003 CORTNEY BOWDEN WI
2004 DANIEL MUSHRUSH KS
2005 JARED NAMKEN SD
2006 MEGAN MINTEN MN
2007 AMBER LEAF
2008 AMBER BOYLES TN
2009 MARIANNE MENDOZA CA
2010 ALYSSA LOONEY TX
2011 CASSIE KNIEBEL KS
2012 LAURA DANIEL-MAJOR GA
2013 ALYSSA LOONEY TX
2014 JACLYN KETCHUM MT
2015 RACHEL DAVIS VA
2016 KACEY KOESTER ND
2017 GENNA VANWYE MO
2018 MADISON ADAMS NC

Melvin Leland Innovative Leadership Award

Recognizes Red Angus members or individuals of the RAAA who have had a positive impact on the Association through serving in a leadership role. Qualifying candidates should have served on an RAAA committee(s) for at least five years and preferably were previous recipients of the John V. Robbins Distinguished Service award. Awarded when deemed worthy.

Year Name Location
2011 MELVIN LELAND MT
2016 FRANK WEDEL KS
2017 DARRELL SCHULER (posthumously) NE
2018 DR. TOM WOODWARD TX

Darrell and Mary Lou Schuler Memorial Award

Recognizes outstanding advocates for financial and/or fiscal responsibility within the RAAA. The award recognizes individuals who have led efforts or given significant contributions through their gifts (be it monetary or otherwise) to advance the long-term mission of our breed and its philosophies. Awarded when deemed worthy.

Year Name Location
2017 STEVE & SHELLY NEWBERRY MT

International Marketing Award

Recognizes an individual who has devoted significant effort to promoting and marketing U.S. Red Angus genetics internationally. Awarded when deemed worthy

Year Name Location
2002 EDUARDO LUIS BATALHA Brazil
2007 STEFAN SCHNEIDER Brazil

International Service Award

Recognizes an individual who has contributed to expanding the reach of Red Angus services to the international community and/or cooperating with RAAA to increase memberships’ ability to export Red Angus genetics. Awarded when deemed worthy

Year Name
2004 DOUG FEE, CEO, CANADIAN ANGUS ASSOCIATION
2011 DOUG FEE, RETIRED CEO, CAA