William Daven Farr was born in Greeley, Colorado on May 26, 1910. Farr, a third generation Coloradan, pioneer rancher, statesman and banker is known for his extraordinary vision. His dedication to improving agriculture, livestock and water development has resulted in significant changes in farming methods that have influenced the practices of ranchers and farmers throughout the nation.
Fred Johnson helped found Certified Angus Beef in 1978, and was chairman of that program for its first 6 years. Certified Angus Beef is the largest and most successful branded-beef program in the world today, with about 60 million pounds of beef sold monthly, generating an estimated $6 billion in consumer sales annually.
During his lifetime in the family's agriculture business, Hitch Enterprises, Inc., Paul Hitch saw the business grow from cattle feeding into a credit corporation, cattle buying services, commodity services, and pork operations. He became president of the business in 1978 and assumed the additional title of Chairman of the Board in 1996.
Lynn Cornwell served for many years on the NCBA Board of Directors, chairing several committees before serving his term as NCBA president. He also served on the Board of Directors of the Montana Stock Growers Association from 1988 to 1992, and then as MSGA President from 1996 to 1998.