Fifteen Georgia cotton industry members have been elected to leadership positions in the National Cotton Council (NCC) for 2012, including C.B. “Chuck” Coley, a Vienna producer/ginner who was named NCC chairman and James L. “Jimmy Webb, a Leary producer, elected as president of the NCC’s export promotion arm, Cotton Council International (CCI).
Re-elected as NCC directors were: and Brandon Raddatz, a cottonseed processor with Southern Cotton Oil Company in Valdosta; Owen J. Hodges, III, president and chief operating officer of Swift Spinning Mills, Columbus; and Werner Bieri, president/CEO of Buhler Quality Yarns, Jefferson. Elected as a new NCC director was Sammy Wright, a cottonseed processor with Chickasha of Georgia in Tifton. Re-elected as advisors to the NCC’s Board were Sam Hollis, a retired warehouseman from Atlanta; Robert E. McLendon, a cotton producer from Leary; and Louie Perry, Jr., a cotton producer from Moultrie.
Bieri and Kent Fountain, manager of Southeastern Gin and Peanut in Surrency were re-elected CCI directors.
Tim Crosby, a Pavo producer, and Ronnie C. Lee, a Bronwood producer, were elected as the co-chairmen of NCC’s American Cotton Producers. Re-elected as NCC’s Georgia unit officers were: Ronnie C. Lee, Jr., a ginner with McClesky Cotton Company, Bronwood, chairman; Don E. Dailey, a ginner with Modern Gin Company, Dexter, vice chairman; and Bieri, secretary.
The cotton industry leaders were named to their posts during the 2012 NCC Annual Meeting in Fort Worth on February 10-12.
As the unifying force of the U.S. cotton industry, the Memphis-based National Cotton Council brings together industry representatives from the 17 cotton-producing states to establish policies reflecting the common interests and promoting mutual benefits for its broad membership and ancillary industries. The NCC’s mission is ensuring the ability of all industry segments to compete effectively and profitably in the raw cotton, oilseed and U.S.-manufactured product markets at home and abroad.
The U.S. cotton industry provides employment for some 200,000 Americans and generates more than $100 billion in annual economic activity.