TOM FREY, PRESIDENT
CRESTON LIVESTOCK AUCTION, INC., CRESTON, IOWA
Tom grew up in Eastern Nebraska and started his auction and auctioneer profession in the ring and alleys of the Columbus Sales Pavilion in Columbus, Nebraska. Tom spent nearly 20 years at Centennial Livestock Auction in Fort Collins, Colorado, prior to purchasing Creston Livestock Auction, Inc., in 1999. Tom is a past president and currently on the Board of Directors of the Iowa Livestock Auction Markets Association, 2010 International Livestock Auctioneer Champion, 2009 Reserve World Champion Auctioneer, 2009 Greater Midwest Champion Livestock Auctioneer and several-time Top Ten World Livestock Auctioneer.
Tom and his wife, Leisa, are blessed with seven children and two grandchildren, Reegan and Coltyr Wayne. The Frey family also runs a 200-head cow/calf operation. In his spare time, Tom enjoys spending time with family, hunting, fishing and visiting Leisa’s family’s ranch in Colorado.
LARRY SCHNELL, VICE PRESIDENT
STOCKMEN’S LIVESTOCK EXCHANGE, DICKINSON, N.D.
In 1937, Larry’s grandfather, Ray, started Schnell’s Livestock Auction Market in Dickinson, North Dakota, with a chicken wire fence for a sale ring. Larry’s father, Willard, had 13 siblings who all worked in the operation at one time or another. Later, in 1977, Larry became partners with his father and two other individuals, and in 1985 he became the general manager. Today, Stockmen’s Livestock Exchange in Dickinson is owned by Larry and his partner, James Erickson.
Over the years Larry has had many offices including Chairman of the North Dakota Beef Council, Regional Vice President for the Federation of State Beef councils, President of the North Dakota Auctioneers Association, and President of the North Dakota Livestock Marketing Association. He is an avid golfer, former team and calf roper, and hockey coach, as well as Elder and Adult Bible School Teacher at Evangelical Christian Church in Dickinson.
Schnell has been married to his lovely wife, Judi, for 39 years and they have a son, Jay, who is 37, and a daughter, Dee, who is 35.
JERRY ETHEREDGE, CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD
MONTGOMERY STOCKYARDS, MONTOGOMERY, ALA.
Etheredge has spent more than 30 years in Alabama livestock marketing. A native of the state, he is a member of the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association.
Etheredge received an associate degree from Wallace Community College, Selma, Ala.
MARK MACKEY, SECRETARY AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
LIVESTOCK MARKETING ASSOCIATION
Mackey is a 1982 graduate of Kansas State University, with a degree in animal science. That was the year he joined LMA as a region executive officer, covering Kansas, Colorado and Nebraska. In 1997, he joined LMA’s management team.
In September, 2003, he was named CEO on an interim basis, and in February, 2004, was named CEO. In a recent interview, he talked about the people LMA represents in the marketing sector. Market operators, he said, “are innovators in technology, genetics and marketing itself. Producers can and should draw on the knowledge of these marketers. Because of their knowledge, it’s important that marketers be at the table to discuss, with other organizations, issues we have in common.”
Native to Kansas City, Crist attended Kansas State University where she received a degree in Accounting with a minor in Finance. Upon graduation she worked for several years at the CPA firm Peat, Marwick & Mitchell. She later worked as Corporate Budget Manager for Sprint, and Senior Accounting Officer at SFK Leblanc.
Crist joined LMA in April 2015 and became interim CFO in July 2015, before being named the CFO. Her hobbies include traveling, tennis, skiing, concerts, watching sporting events, and spending time with her friends and family which include 2 children and 2 grandchildren.
MARK BARNETT, DIRECTOR
KENTUCKY-TENNESSEE LIVESTOCK MARKET, INC., GUTHRIE, KY.
BRIAN GLICK, DIRECTOR
BELLEVILLE LIVESTOCK MARKET, INC, BELLEVILLE, PA.
Brian’s family has a long-standing history with the Belleville Livestock Market. Brian’s grandfather and a business partner started Belleville Livestock Market in 1929 in the middle of the depression. After moving around some, they bought a building and incorporated in 1946. The company was run by a board of stock holders until 1985 when it was bought back by his grandfather. Brian’s dad, Gene, was brought into partnership that year as well. In 1992, Brian was elected company vice president and general manager. Brian also serves the company as an auctioneer. He is a member of the Pennsylvania Livestock Auction Association and has served as president twice. He is currently the association’s treasurer. Brian is very active in his local community. He serves as chairman of Mifflin County Youth Park which holds an annual county 4-H fair. He has served a 6-year term as a Union Township Supervisor from 2010-2016. He is about to begin a new 6-year term. He was a member of the Mifflin County Republican committee for 5 years and was a member of the civilian governing body of Mifflin County Regional Police Department.
Brian and his wife, Lisa, live in Belleville and have four children. In his spare time, Brian is a recreational private pilot and tows gliders at national and regional glider races.
DAN HARRIS, DIRECTOR
HOLTON LIVESTOCK EXCHANGE, INC., HOLTON, KAN.
Harris grew up working at the Holton market, which his family began operating in 1951. He has owned the business since 1978, and began managing it in 1984. For LMA, in addition to sitting on the board of directors, Harris was also the chairman of the Government and Industry Affairs Committee for several years.
A 1975 graduate of the World Wide College of Auctioneering, Mason City, Iowa, he and his brother also conduct all types of personal property and real estate sales. He has held a number of livestock industry positions, including being president of the Kansas Livestock Marketing Association for two years; serving as his county representative for the Kansas Livestock Association, and he is a past president of the Jackson County Livestock Association. Harris has been a member of the Kansas Auctioneers Association since 1975, and is chairman of the Kansas Beef Council.
JOE GOGGINS, DIRECTOR
PUBLIC AUCTION YARDS, BILLINGS, MONTANA
A native Montanan, Joe was raised in the auction business and has followed in the footprints of his father, Pat Goggins. Joe graduated from Montana State University in 1989 with a bachelor’s degree in Animal Science. Since then, Joe has auctioneered for some of the top purebred sales in America. He’s also involved in the family’s livestock auction markets, Northern Livestock Video Auction and Public Auction Yards. Joe is a member of numerous organizations including the Montana Stockgrowers Association and the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. He served one term as President of the Montana Livestock Market Association and two terms as President of the Montana Angus Association.
Joe and his wife Linda have three children: Greg, Kayleen, Abbie. Joe was raised in the purebred Angus business; his family owns Vermilion Ranch in Billings. Joe’s own operation, J&L Livestock, merchandises from 3,000 to 5,000 top-bred commercial Angus females annually.
RANDY HESELSCHWERDT, DIRECTOR
NAPOLEON LIVESTOCK COMMISSION COMPANY, NAPOLEON, MICHIGAN
Randy and his family own and operate Napoleon Livestock Commission Co. in Napoleon, Michigan. The market was established in 1956 by his father Dale and grandfather Orin. Randy and his wife Julie have 3 children who reside in Austin, TX, Philadelphia PA, and Annapolis MD. He is a Director at OSB Community Bank and board member for the Michigan Cattlemen’s Association.
DAVID MACEDO, DIRECTOR
TULARE SALES YARD, INC., TULARE, CALIF.
Macedo, LMA’s 2006 World Livestock Auctioneer Champion and president of Tulare Sales Yard, has operated the market for 27 years. At age 19, he bought half-ownership of the market, which has been in his family for 69 years. He was Tulare’s mayor from 2002-2004, and is currently on the City Council.
His industry activities include being the livestock market representative on the California Beef Council from 1998-2000. He has been the treasurer of the California Livestock Markets Association since 1991, and a member of LMA’s Government and Industry Affairs Committee from 2005-2007. He moves into the vice president’s position from LMA’s board of directors, where he was first elected in 2005.
CLAY MYERS, DIRECTOR
TEXHOMA LIVESTOCK AUCTION, LLC, TEXHOMA, OKLAHOMA
Clay grew up spending time in auction markets with his dad, who was an auctioneer. Inspired by his father, Clay attended Missouri Auction School in 1983, and later they started a farm auction business together. Clay graduated from Oklahoma Panhandle University in 1986, having obtained a degree in Ag Business. Clay’s career took a new direction in the late 1980’s, when Kenny Wilcox began to tutor him in the art of selling cattle, and Clay began selling at the cattle sales.
In 2000, Clay partnered in the purchase of the livestock market at Texhoma, Oklahoma, where he has been co-owner and manager, since. This allowed him to spend more time at home with his wife Jackie, rather than on the road. Clay and Jackie have two children, Austin and Haylie. In addition to the livestock market responsibilities, the Myers’ family cares for cattle on their own ranching operation, and enjoys spending family time on the golf course.
Clay is currently the Chair of the World Livestock Auctioneer Championship Committee.
JAKE PARNELL, DIRECTOR
CATTLEMEN’S LIVESTOCK MARKET, GALT, CALIF.
TIM STARKS, IMMEDIATE PAST CHAIRMAN
CHEROKEE SALES COMPANY, CHEROKEE, OKLA.
Starks, who is a doctor of veterinary medicine, has been co-owner/manager of the Cherokee market for 12 years. At LMA, he has been on the board of directors and served on the Government and Industry Affairs Committee. From 2012 to 2014, Starks served as the LMA President.
Starks received his DVM degree from Oklahoma State University in 1992, after receiving his bachelor of science degree from the same institution in 1989. He is a member of the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association, the Academy of Veterinary Consultants and the Oklahoma Veterinary Medical Association.
MIKE VAN MAANEN, DIRECTOR
EASTERN MISSOURI COMMISSION COMPANY, BOWLING GREEN, MO.
MISSOURI VALLEY COMMISSION COMPANY, BOONVILLE, MO.
Van Maanen grew up in Iowa raising corn, soybeans, and hogs. He met his wife, Lori Angell, in college. After graduation they moved to Centralia, Mo. and joined the Angell family business, Columbia Livestock Auction.
In 1984 Van Maanen received his introduction to the livestock business and LMA. Mike has served as Missouri Livestock Market Association President the past two years. At LMA he has served on the Government and Industry Affairs Committee 2014-2016 and currently serves as the Membership Services Committee Chair.