Meet the Staff

kurtKURT HAMILTON, PRESIDENT
LIVESTOCK MARKETING INSURANCE AGENCY, INC.

Hamilton was raised in central Missouri farming and attended the University of Missouri-Columbia, graduating in 1985 with a B.S. in Agriculture. He joined LMA in May of 1985 as a Region Executive Officer servicing the states of North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, and Iowa; later adding Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin to his region. In July of 2004 he joined the Livestock Marketing Insurance Agency management team as Vice President and was named President in July of 2005.

jenniferJENNIFER AIMAN, VICE PRESIDENT
LIVESTOCK MARKETING INSURANCE AGENCY, INC.

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, 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.

    BRANDON WEST, REGION EXECUTIVE OFFICER

    Raised in Marion, Kan., West is a graduate of Kansas State University where he attained a Bachelor of Science degree in agricultural economics. West has a strong background in the beef industry, having worked at cow-calf operations, feedlots, livestock auction markets and registered seedstock operations in Kansas and Montana throughout high school and during college. Prior to attending K-State, he spent time in the military where he was deployed for 3 years with the U.S. Army in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. In 2011, Brandon spent time with the National Council of Farmers Cooperatives in Washington, DC lobbying for the 2012 Farm Bill and for pending Free Trade Agreements. Previously, West was employed by Dow AgroSciences as a territory account manager.


  • JENNIE JONES, REGION MANAGER

    Jennie joined LMA right out of high school in July 1979 as an accounting assistant for the Membership and Insurance departments. In 1982, she moved to the insurance agency to handle livestock policies and claims in the Livestock Department. She earned her Property & Casualty License in 1986 and was promoted to Region Administrator in July 1997, handling the accounts in 10 states for two Region Executive Officers. In 2005 she became Co-Manager of the insurance agency and currently manages accounts in 13 states for three Region Executive Officers.

    CHRISTINE WESTBERG, CISR, REGION MANAGER

    Christine obtained her Property/Casualty/Life/Health Insurance License in 1986 working in personal lines for State Farm Insurance. Wanting the challenge that comes with working in commercial insurance, she began her career with LMIA in 1990 as an assistant administrator in the eastern region. In 1993, Christine was promoted to Region Administrator. A few years later she added the state of Texas to her territory. She is currently managing Arizona, Iowa, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, New Mexico, and Texas.  In 2005 she became Co-Manager of the insurance agency.

    MiDONNA ALCANTER, ASSISTANT REGION ADMINISTRATOR AND BOND OFFICER

    MiDonna Alcanter is a graduate of Missouri Western State College with a bachelor’s degree in business management. Before coming to Livestock Marketing Insurance Agency she worked as a supervisor in Trust Operations at Commerce Trust Company and as a supervisor at Van Kampen Mutual Funds. She joined LMIA in 2006 as an Assistant Region Administrator and obtained her Property and Casualty Insurance License. MiDonna was promoted to Region Administrator in April 2013 and currently handles Colorado, part of Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming.

    KATHY CLAUS, LIVESTOCK INSURANCE OFFICER

    Kathy Claus is a native of Kansas City. Prior to joining Livestock Marketing Insurance Agency she gained commercial policy experience while working with the Country Companies Insurance Company. In 1986, Kathy joined LMA as an administrative assistant, later transferring to the livestock department. Kathy still works with members and insureds of LMIA, utilizing her extensive experience with claims processing and livestock policies.

    NORA LIERZ, BOND ADMINISTRATOR 

    Nora is a Kansas City native who graduated from Baker University with a bachelor’s degree in business.  While attending college and upon graduation, she worked for Kansas City Life Insurance Co.  During her 11 years with the company she worked with Group Disability, Group Life and Group Medical/Dental.  She later obtained her Property/Casualty/ Life/Health Insurance License through Farmers Insurance and enjoyed working with the public.  In 2009 she joined LMIA as Bond Administrator.

    JOSEPHINE McCOY, REGION ADMINISTRATOR

    Josephine McCoy obtained her Property/Casualty Insurance License in 1985 working in Property Casualty Lines for Fred S. James Insurance Company. She began her career with Livestock Marketing Insurance Agency in 1986 as a Region Administrator in the west & northwest region. A few years later she added the states of Florida and Georgia.

    BEVERLY TRUMP, CISR, REGION ADMINISTRATOR 

    Beverly Trump started her insurance career in 1983 as an Insurance Broker for Trump Insurance Agency. She joined the staff of Livestock Marketing Insurance Agency in January of 2006 as a Region Bond Administrator. Beverly was promoted to Region Administrator in 2007 and currently is responsible for the states of Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Kansas.