For those of you who know me, change is not something I enjoy. Which is precisely why I buy semen five units at a time. It forces me to actually make a change the next time breeding season rolls around.
As far as my professional career goes, reflecting back, there have been more change than I care to admit. The ownership percentages have changed a couple of times and there has been some staff turnover in the 18 years I’ve been a part of the magazine. However, I am proud to say, that the staff turnover has been minimal comparatively speaking.
Well, the time has come once again to make a few changes. As you will read in more detail on page 78, our western field representative, Kiley McKinna, has decided to make a career change and is embarking on a future in marketing management. I wish him nothing but the best, while at the same time, am happy to report he will continue being a fixture at Limousin shows and sales, albeit in a different capacity.
With Kiley moving on, it only makes sense to look at the current structure of our field staff, most noticeably the territories. After consulting with some of the brightest minds in the business, the decision has been made to go back to a three-man system. At press time, I can’t provide a lot of details, other than to say we are in the process of interviewing and are determined to find the best two people for the job.
I firmly believe the success of any individual, as well as any company, is to put the correct people in the correct positions. Only then, can all parties involved not only succeed but prosper. That is why, at this time, I cannot with any certainty tell you exactly which states each field representative will be covering. We do not have a chiseled-in-stone time line as to when we will have our new field reps in place, so I ask that in the interim you have some patience and provide us some latitude.
The one thing I can tell you, is that longtime field representative Thad Combs will continue to serve the eastern part of the U.S. I, of course, will continue to serve as editor, and advertising manager Mary Quigley continues to have her own key to the front door. Mary and I,will pick up whatever slack is in the line during this transition phase.
Again, love it or hate it, change is something we all must deal with, and we intend to meet this change head on and I am confident that once we come out on the other side, we will have a plan in place to serve the breeders of this great breed of cattle to the best of our ability.
If you have any questions, concerns or suggestions, feel free to give any of us a call. We are always more than willing to discuss any and all things related to Limousin. That, has not and will not, change.