Robert L. Braden has been appointed President/Chief Executive Officer for the Texas Grain & Feed Association.
In his new position, Braden will be responsible for the general administration and management of the association office, based in Forth Worth, TX.
Essential functions will include a renewed focus on member engagement as well as continued representation of membership interest in local, state, and national governments.
He reports directly to the TGFA Board of Directors.
"Mr. Braden has the business acumen from not only managing country elevators, but he's also merchandised at the highest level," says Chris Yaklin, general manager, Gulf Coast Coop.
"I can think of no one more qualified to step in and move TGFA back in the right direction."
"He's a leader respected across the industry" —Chris Yaklin, General Manager, Gulf Coast Co-op
"Robert has an unwavering positive attitude, a trait that shines brightest during challenging situations," adds Ron Bingham, senior vice president, Scoular.
"His rich agricultural background, particularly in grain and feed trading and merchandising, has provided him with an unmatched understanding of the industry dynamics, further amplifying his leadership prowess."
Braden is a graduate of Texas Tech University.
Previously, he served as Managing Partner of Concho Valley Commodities, Inc., 2000-2012.
In 2012, he transitioned to the senior Texas merchandising manager role for the Scoular Company until 2020.
He comes to TGFA from a general manager position at Uvalde County Farmers Cooperative.
He has served as a board director for STX Country Elevator Assn., Texas Agricultural Cooperative Council as well as the Texas Grain & Feed Assn.