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.
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.
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 through 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 its 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.
JUSTIN SCHABEN, REGION EXECUTIVE OFFICER
An Iowa native, Justin Schaben was born and raised in Dunlap, Iowa. Schaben’s family currently owns and operates Dunlap Livestock Auction and Schaben is the third generation to be involved in the livestock marketing industry. He graduated from Iowa Central Community College with a degree in Airport Management and Aviation Science and then attended the University of Nebraska-Omaha Aviation Institute. With his wife, Laura, Schaben currently resides in Dunlap with their two sons, Breck and Joe. In addition to working for LMA, Schaben is a row-crop farmer and enjoys hunting, fishing and boating.
BRYCE DIBBERN, REGION EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Bryce Dibbern grew up on a family farm and ranch near Amherst, Nebraska. He graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in Animal Science, Ag Economics, and Grazing Livestock Systems. Bryce and his fiancé recently got engaged and will be moving to her family ranch near Interior, South Dakota. Bryce previously worked as a Grain Farm Marketer for Cargill in Central Nebraska. Dibbern’s hobbies include, hunting, fishing, camping, flying his powered parachute plane and last but not least, steer wrestling at rodeos across the Midwest states. Bryce represents LMA and its members in North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska and Northern Kansas.
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.
TARA JOHNSON, ASSISTANT REGION ADMINISTRATOR
Tara Johnson is a graduate of the University of Central Missouri with a bachelor’s degree in Agriculture Business with an emphasis in animal science. Before coming to Livestock Marketing Insurance Agency, she worked as a Claims and Deductions Coordinator for Smithfield Foods, focusing on the Foodservice industry. Tara joined LMIA in August of 2018 as a PAYS Information Officer and obtained her Property and Casualty Insurance License. Tara was promoted to Assistant Region Administrator in October 2018 and will be helping with Oklahoma, Arkansas and Kansas.
JENNIFFER SCOTT, LIVESTOCK INSURANCE MANAGER
Jennifer Scott has been a resident of Kansas City, Missouri nearly all her life. Prior to joining LMA, she spent fifteen years in the health care field where she specialized in sales and operations training. Her key focus throughout her professional career has been customer service and building solid relationships with her customer base. She is married with two active high school age kids. In her free time, you can find her and her husband, Andy, at the volleyball court cheering on their kids or at any other sporting event they can attend. Jennifer has joined the LMIA team as a Livestock Insurance Administrator.
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.