The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s 2014 Top Hand Club celebrated Friday the recruitment of 1,340 new NCBA members, all recruited by NCBA members over the past year.
The Top Hand Club was initiated in 1982 as NCBA’s member-recruit-a-member program that recognizes volunteer leaders for their commitment in growing a strong national association. To become a Top Hand Club member, individuals must recruit at least three new NCBA members. To remain in the club, members must recruit two new members each subsequent year. The Top Hand Club recruitment year runs Oct. 1 through Sept. 30. The program is sponsored by Case IH.
Each year, three high achieving Top Hands are recognized for their recruitment efforts, as those members who signed on the most new NCBA members. Again this year, the Top Hand Club sponsored an additional award which recognizes the Top Hand who recruited the most in dues revenue. Congratulations to the 2014 Top Hand Club top three recruiters and the top recruiter for revenue. Thank you to all of the NCBA Top Hand members; you are an elite group that makes NCBA stronger.
2014 Top Hand Club Champion – Regina Rose, Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association
With 109 recruits, the 2014 Top Hand Club Champion is Regina Rose of Flemingsburg, KY. In only her second year as a Top Hand, Rose blew away her competition, recruiting an addition 30 members. Last year, Rose brought in over 30 new members, bringing her all-time recruit count to nearly 150 NCBA members. She’s earned awards including $1,000 in Cabela’s gift cards as well as airline tickets, housing and registration for the 2015 Cattle Industry Annual Convention and NCBA Trade show.
2014 Top Hand Club Res. Champion and Top Recruiter for Revenue – Timothy Koopmann, California Cattlemen’s Association
From Sunol, CA, Timothy Koopmann is the 2014 Top Hand Club Reserve Champion. Koopmann not only recruited 76 new members this year, but he also earns honors as the Top Recruiter for Revenue with a total of $11,150 in recruited dues revenue. This is Koopmann’s first year as a Top Hand Club member, and he receives Top Hand prizes including a registration for annual convention, a pair of Roper/Stetson boots and an exclusive personalized Top Hand Club belt buckle by Red Bluff Buckles
2014 Top Hand Club 3rd Place Recruiter – Greg West, Arkansas Cattlemen’s Association
Greg West of of Pangburn, AR was honored as the third place recruiter for 2014. Recruiting 55 members in his second year as a Top Hand Club member, West also earned a paid trip to the Cattle Industry Annual Convention.
In addition to being the 2014 Top Hand Club sponsor, Case IH added an additional incentive for recruiters – a Scout Utility Vehicle. Those who recruited 15 or more members were entered into a drawing for this grand prize, and for every five additional recruits, they received an extra entry into the contest. This year’s winner, drawn on stage at the annual Best of Beef awards breakfast, is Gene Manuello of Colorado Cattlemen’s Association. Case IH announced today that they are proud to sponsor this same promotion for the 2015 recruitment year.
For more information on the Top Hand Club, call 866-BEEF-USA or visit www.beefusa.org.
Source: National Cattlemen's Beef Association