Missouri Soybean Association Announces Executive Director/CEO

The Missouri Soybean Association announces the hiring of their new Executive Director/CEO, Gary Wheeler, who will assume responsibilities on April 21, 2014.

Gary is no stranger to the agriculture industry. He brings a vast array of experience and passion of the agriculture industry to the position involving checkoff appropriation, non-profit organizations and membership. With fifteen years of association management, advocacy and industry relations experience, MSA President Tom Raffety is confident in Gary’s ability to successfully move the soybean industry forward.

“MSA is thrilled Gary Wheeler will be joining our team.  Gary has the background and connections that will serve the MSA well in the policy arena as well as promotional efforts in the state of Missouri and beyond.  Gary is a recognized and respected leader, and I’m confident he’ll do a great job for Missouri’s soybean organizations,” says Tom Raffety, Missouri Soybean Association President.

Gary has been a valuable asset in his previous roles including Deputy Executive Director for the Missouri Corn Growers Association, “Gary has gained valuable skills that will be beneficial to his new position,” says Will Spargo, Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council Chairman.

“Gary has a wealth of experience and leadership in the ag industry, which will be used to benefit Missouri’s soybean farmers.  His vast knowledge of our commodity will enhance MSMC’s research efforts and other outreach programs.  We’re excited about the new direction Gary will provide the MSMC in the years ahead,” says Will Spargo, Chairman, Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council.

He has a Bachelor of Science in agriculture and a Master of Business Administration. Gary also proudly served his state and country for 11 years in the Missouri Army National Guard.

Gary is also involved in numerous organizations including the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance, U.S. Grains Council and U.S. Meat Export Federation, Missouri Society of Association Executives, Missouri Farmers Care, Missouri Economic Development Council, Missouri Chamber of Commerce and the Jefferson City Environmental Quality Commission.

Originally from Risco, Mo., Gary, his wife; Elizabeth, and their two children reside in Jefferson City, Mo.

The Missouri Soybean Association (MSA) is a statewide membership organization designed to increase the profitability of Missouri soybean farmers through legislative advocacy, public policy initiatives and education efforts across the state.

The Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council (MSMC) is a farmer-run organization dedicated to improving the profitability of the Missouri soybean farmer through a combination of marketing, research and commercialization programs.