Aiman graduated from Avila University in 1989 with a bachelor’s degree in General Management. In 2002, she earned an MBA in Management Information Systems from alma mater Avila University, Kansas City, Missouri. Prior to joining Livestock Marketing Association in December 2003, she worked at Meara, Welch & Browne, a Kansas City CPA firm, from September 1991 until December 2003 in various positions including Firm Administrator and staff member in the business valuation department. Currently, she serves LMA as Vice President of the Livestock Marketing Insurance Agency, Inc. She is married to Alex Aiman and has twin daughters Alexis and Madison Aiman.
JOE BARBOUR, ASSOCIATE REGION EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Raised in Florence, Texas, Joe earned a Master of Science degree from Texas Tech University in 2010 and a Bachelor of Science degree from West Texas A&M University in 2009. Both degrees are in Agricultural Education. Joe previously served as a field representative and insurance agent with Texas Farm Bureau and Texas Farm Bureau Insurance Companies where he served members’ needs in policy, education, training, volunteer leadership and insurance. Joe has a strong background in commercial beef production; he has worked in varying capacities at several large feedyards and conducted carcass research in packing plants across the United States. In his spare time, Joe and his wife, Kristin enjoy watching Texas Tech football, spending time outdoors with their dogs, and grilling or smoking BBQ with friends and family.
ROY BARTA, REGION EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Roy Barta is a native of Nebraska and attended Chadron State College. Roy’s roots in the livestock industry served him well as a Brand Inspector with the State of Nebraska from 1980-1990. In 1990 he began work with North Platte Feeders handling the yard’s accounting. Roy worked briefly with the Maywood Cooperative in North Platte as a Facilities Manager and Assistant Grain Originator before joining the LMA family in 1993. Roy now resides in North Platte along with his wife and represents LMA and its members in the states of Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming.
JIM CARTER, REGION EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Born in Mississippi, Carter grew up in Memphis, Tennessee. After graduating from
Mississippi State University in 1976 he returned as third generation to the family livestock market. When growth in Memphis “consumed” the South Memphis Stockyards, he served as Executive of the Tennessee Beef Council for five years before joining LMA in 1991 as a region executive officer. Jim now resides in Walls, Mississippi, and represents LMA and its members in the states of Alabama, Kentucky, Michigan, Mississippi, Ohio and Tennessee. When he is home, Jim enjoys outdoor activities, which include working on his small farm, hunting, and fishing. Jim notes, “It is terribly satisfying working with an organization dedicated to helping an industry, where my roots are so deep.”
JESSE CARVER, REGION EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Born and raised in Southeast Texas, Jesse Carver is a 1998 graduate of Texas A&M University with a degree in Animal Science. In January of 1999, he started work for Jim Schwertner and Capitol Land and Livestock; a large livestock dealership in Central Texas. Jesse began his career as yard manager for Capitol and then spent 9 years as a buyer purchasing stocker and feeder cattle at daily auctions across Texas and Oklahoma. This is where Jesse says he began getting his “real education” in the livestock marketing industry. In August of 2007, he joined LMA as a region executive officer representing LMA and its members in Louisiana and Texas. He feels that the lessons learned as a buyer help him to better relate to market owners and livestock dealers within his region. Jesse currently resides in Montgomery, Texas, with his wife and son where he enjoys hunting, fishing, cooking and maintaining a stocker and feeder cattle operation.
TERRY CHAPMAN, REGION EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Terry Chapman was born and raised in Haskell, Texas. Growing up working with his family’s farm and ranch, he worked at the local livestock auction along with his dad, mom, brothers and sister. Terry worked his way college working for the Texas A&M Agricultural Experiment Station and as a salesman for the Southwestern Company. He graduated from Texas A&M University in 1975 with a BS degree in Agricultural Economics. In November 1977, Terry joined LMA as a region executive officer and currently represents LMA and is members in Arkansas, Kansas, and Oklahoma. Terry and his wife Ruth make their home in Norman, Oklahoma. Terry and Ruth have two daughters, Haylee and Caroline.
JOHN KISSEE, REGION EXECUTIVE OFFICER
John Kissee is a Missouri native who grew up in a marketing family that goes back four generations. Most recently his grandfather and father operated livestock markets in Arkansas and Missouri. John worked as an employee at his father’s commission company while in high school and then went on to attend the University of Missouri-Columbia where he received his B.S. in Agriculture in 1979 and Masters of Education in 1980. After joining LMA in 1981, John moved to Atlanta to work in the southeastern United States. He currently represents LMA and its members in the Atlantic Seaboard from Florida to Maine. John is married with three children and four grandchildren and lives in Woodstock, Georgia.
FORREST MANGAN, REGION EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Forrest Mangan is a California native. Forrest grew up in a small town in north central California before attending San Joaquin Delta College. Transferring to Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo, he graduated with a degree in Agribusiness with a concentration in International Management. Following graduation, Forrest was employed by the Cal Poly Animal Science Department where he served as the Livestock Judging Coach and was a part-time lecturer. Forrest joined LMA in 2006 and currently resides in California; representing LMA and it membership in the states of Arizona, California, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah and Washington.
LINDA GARNER, BUSINESS INFORMATION OFFICER
Garner spent most of her career in the legal profession, as a legal secretary, paralegal and office manager before returning to work for LMA a second time in 1987 where she served as assistant to the then CEO of LMA. She held the position of Meetings & Events Coordinator, planning LMA business meetings and social functions including the WLAC for 17 years. For the past 4 years, she has served as a Business Information Officer of the Livestock Board of Trade. Garner has a B.A. degree from San Diego State University where she majored in Education with a minor in Theatre Arts and was a member of Delta, Delta, Delta Sorority.