Clint Krebs - President
Phone: (541) 422-7548
Background: Clint Krebs of Ione, Ore., is a fourth-generation sheep producer and has been running sheep his entire life. He currently runs range ewes as well as operates a lamb feedlot. His only break from sheep was to get his bachelor's degree in agriculture economics from Oregon State University. Before being elected to an ASI office, Krebs represented Washington, Oregon, California and Hawaii on the ASI Executive Board. He has served as co-chair of the ASI Resource Management Council, has been a director for the National Lamb Feeders Association and currently serves as the chair of ASI’s Re-Build the Sheep Inventory Committee. In addition, Krebs has served as past president of the Oregon Sheep Growers Association and has served as past chairman of the Oregon Sheep Commission. Krebs and his wife, Maureen, have two daughters, Jessica Langley and Shelby, and a son, Cameron.
Burton Pfliger - Vice President
Background: Pfliger is a third-generation sheep rancher who was born into the business. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Animal Science from North Dakota State University in 1985. Currently, Pfliger and his wife Pattie run approximately 400 ewes, which make up a purebred Hampshire flock, a purebred Suffolk flock and a flock of Rambouillet/Dorset cross commercial ewes. The Hampshire and Suffolk flocks are used to produce range and terminal sires. Prior to election to secretary/treasurer, Pfliger served as the Region IV representative and is currently chairman of the ASI Wool Council. Pfliger previously served as the chairman of the Production, Education and Research Council, and additionally he served on the Legislative Action Council and the Predator Management Committee. He was elected to four terms as president of the North Dakota Lamb and Wool Producers. In addition, Pfliger served as vice chairman on the executive board of the Ag Coalition in North Dakota, and has served as the chairman of North Dakota State University’s (NDSU) Board of Ag Research, Livestock Granting Committee. He currently serves as the chairman of the Missouri Slope Wool Pool in Bismarck, N.D. Pfliger was nominated to NDSU’s Agriculturist of the Year and was presented the North Dakota Master Sheep Producer award in 2005.
Mike Corn – Secretary/Treasurer
Background: Corn owns and operates sheep, cattle and goats, lambing around 3,000 ewes annually. He is a fourth-generation rancher who is proud to be working with the next generation, his son, Bronson. The Corn family has been raising sheep in the Roswell area since the 1880s. Corn owns and operates his own ranch, as well as leases additional ranches, operating around 125,000 acres. His herd consists of white-faced, fine-wool sheep, mainly a merino cross, and he markets his lambs through Enchantment Lamb Co-op. Corn is also the majority owner of Roswell Wool Warehouse, which he and his partners purchased in 1992. Roswell is now the largest wool warehouse by volume in the United States and they recently opened a facility in Long Beach, Calif. Corn says he believes the warehouse continues to be successful because it is operated by "producer oriented" owners who are also part of the sheep industry. Corn is an active member of ASI's Re-build the Sheep Inventory Committee, Chaves County Farm Bureau, New Mexico Hereford Association and is past president of the New Mexico Wool Growers Association and of the Chaves County Soil and Water Conservation District. Corn earned a Ranch Management Certificate from Texas Christian University. He has been married to his bride, Jennifer, for 28 years. They have three children (Jessica, Bronson, Jenny) and one grandson (Garrett).
EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBERS
W. Keith Stumbo – Region I
Region I = Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont.
Background: Stumbo runs approximately 175 sheep, which make up a purebred flock of Columbia, Dorset and Southdown breeds, on a small farm in western New York. He sells breeding stock, both ewes and rams, to 4-H members as well as rams to commercial flocks. Stumbo is also involved in showing sheep in the open class at a number of fairs both in and out of state. For the past 10 years, Stumbo has been the president of the Empire Sheep Producers. He has represented the state of New York as the voting director on the ASI board of directors for the last nine years. He has served on ASI’s Legislative Action Council and American Wool Council. Stumbo is on the board of directors for the Columbia Sheep Breeders Association and the American Oxford Sheep Association. Stumbo is retired from his position as vice president of a light construction equipment company where he was in charge of international sales. He holds a degree in business management from Alfred State College. He and his wife, Kathy, have two daughters and seven grandchildren.
Bob Leer – Region II
Region II = Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Georgia, Florida, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.
Background: Leer grew up on a Kentucky farm producing tobacco and hogs. It wasn’t until 15 years ago that Leer and is wife of 30 years began the sheep operation when their kids, now 28 and 25 years old, wanted to show sheep. Today, Leer’s flock consists of 35-40 head of Hampshire sheep. The lambs that aren’t raised for the club lamb flock are sold privately to the ethnic trade or at the stock yards. Leer’s son, an accomplished showman, continues to help with the farm as Leer has been employed by Toyota in Georgetown, Ky., for the past 24 years. For the past decade, Leer has been an active member of the Kentucky Sheep and Wool Producers Association (KSWPA). He was president of the Kentucky Club Lamb Association. He has also held the position of vice president and is the current president of KSWPA. For the past three years, he has served as the Kentucky director on the ASI Board of Directors.
Susan Shultz – Region III
Region III = Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin.
Background: Susan and her husband, Bill, operate Bunker Hill Farm, a third-generation diversified family farm. After raising registered Rambouillet sheep for 25 years, they have transitioned to a production-oriented Suffolk flock. They are committed to genetic improvement through the use of objective measurements and the National Sheep Improvement Program. Performance criteria are centered on multiple weighings for growth and the use of ultrasounds for loin eye and fat determination. Their market has expanded from Midwest commercial flocks to include Western range operations. The Shultzs are the 2004 award winners of the ASI Environmental Stewardship Award. Over the years, sheep have been their focus keeping them extremely involved with the various local and state sheep associations. Shultz is retired from a 35-year career in education where she was a gifted education coordinator and teacher. She holds a bachelor of science degree from The Ohio State University and a master’s degree from Iowa State University.
Marsha Spykerman - Region IV
Region IV = Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma and South Dakota
Background: Spykerman and husband, Vernon, began raising sheep when they moved back to the family farm in 1980 and today have a commercial Midwest operation, running about 450 ewes in an intensive lambing setting. The couple shed lambs their ewes and moves the later lambing group out to farm ground that has been converted to pasture when the lambs are about one-week old. The Spykermans lamb approximately 100 ewes in late February and early March to produce replacement ewes for their flock. The remaining ewes lamb later in the season, producing commercial lambs that are finished on the farm and marketed by the couple. In addition, the Spykermans also raise corn, hay and have put acreage into grass, which is in a rotational grazing system. The majority of the hay and corn go back into the ewes and lambs on the farm. Spykerman has served as treasurer of the Iowa Sheep Industry Association and most recently, retired last year from serving six years as the association’s executive director where she was instrumental in helping the association rejoin ASI. She has also served on the ASI Lamb Council, was active in the Iowa Farm Bureau and has served on both the Iowa and American Sheep and Goat Advisory Committees.
Benny Cox - Region V
Region V = Texas
Background: Cox started his career in the livestock industry in the late 1960s with his employment at Producers Livestock Co., the largest sheep auction in the nation, while attending high school in San Angelo and then earning his bachelor’s degree in agriculture economics in 1975 at Angelo State University. Today, he remains employed at Producers as the sheep and goat sales manager. His personal involvement in sheep, whether it be in production, feeding or trading, has lasted more than 35 years. He now has both a sheep flock and a goat herd. For many years, Cox managed the sale of anywhere between 600,000 and 800,000 head of sheep that moved through Producers; however, due to the recent drought, predation pressures, labor issues and income from hunting options, he has seen a reduction in sheep production in the area. As in the case of the 2011 drought that affected the Southwest, Cox facilitated, through both the doors of Producers and private treaty sales, the movement of breeding ewes to northern states where feed conditions were better. Cox is a past president of the Texas Sheep and Goat Raisers’ Association and has been a member of ASI’s Lamb Council.
Gary Visintainer – Region VI
Region VI = Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, Arizona and Nevada
Background: Visintainer is a third-generation rancher from western Colorado, who was born and raised in the sheep business. His grandfather emigrated from Austria in the early 1900s, building and developing the ranch throughout the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s. Visintainer has been a partner in the operation since the 1970s. The Visintainers run a range operation where their white-faced Columbia type ewes are on the move throughout the year. In the winter, the sheep graze in the desert on Bureau of Land Management allotments while the rest of the year is spent in the mountains on private land or state-land leases. The operation has run ewe numbers ranging from less than 1,000 to as many as 6,000 depending on economic and wildlife conditions. He is an advocate of the Let’s Grow campaign and is in the process of increasing his flock numbers. Visintainer has worked his way through the officer ranks with the Colorado Wool Growers Association and is currently serving as president. Visintainer holds a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Animal Science from Colorado State University. He practices medicine in a large-animal clinic in Craig, Colo., when time permits.
Larry Pilster – Region VII
Region VII = Montana, Idaho and Wyoming
Background: Pilster’s sheep and cattle operation lambs around 1,700 head of mainly Targhee/Columbia cross ewes. Pilster is a second generation sheep man, with his father starting the operation in Montana in 1940, having previously raised sheep in Nebraska. Each year, Pilster keeps from 350-400 replacement ewe lambs for his flock and uses Suffolk rams to breed the two-year olds as well as the courser-wooled ewes. White face rams are bred to the finer wool ewes to maintain the wool quality of the flock. In addition, the operation runs around 240 head of cows. Pilster earned a bachelor’s degree in agriculture production from Montana State University, with a focus in agriculture economics and a minor in ranch management. Pilster was on the board of directors for the Montana Sheep Growers Association and served as president of the organization for two terms. He has been active in ASI’s Resource Management Council, serving as co-chair of the Predator Management Committee and as a member on the Public Lands Committee. In addition, he is involved with the Montana Stock Growers Association, National Cattlemen Beef Association, national and state public lands councils and various county-level committees.
Joe Pozzi - Region VIII
Region VIII = Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington
Background: Pozzi is a fourth generation sheep and cattle producer, raising livestock all his life in Sonoma and Marin counties and a 1984 graduate of Chico State University. He owns Pozzi Ranch Lambs, which direct markets grass- and legume-fed lambs. In order to provide a year-round supply of lamb, Pozzi works with a group of family ranchers in Northern California and the Sacramento Valley who have all qualified for the Pozzi Ranch Lamb Program. In addition to direct marketing lamb to consumers, Pozzi Ranch Lamb can be found at Whole Foods Markets in Northern California. In 1993, Pozzi created a market for his medium-grade wool for use in natural bedding products. It is used by manufacturers of natural bedding products for pillows, comforters, blankets and mattresses and is source verified. Dedicated to land conservation and the economic viability of family farms, Pozzi has served on a number of industry boards and associations, including past president of the California Wool Growers Association, past president of the Sonoma County Farm Bureau, a member of the ASI Wool Council and Predator Management Committee, past president of the North Bay Wool Growers Association, member of the National Farm Bureau Sheep Advisory Board and past director of the National Wildlife Advisory Board.
Don Gnos – Lamb Feeder Representative
Background: Gnos runs 1,200 ewes on rye grass year-round as well as up to 6,000 head of feeder lambs. His flock consists of cross-bred Romney-Coopworth type ewes. Gnos was raised on a dairy farm in Otis, Ore., and still owns the land that has been in his family since the 1860s. Upon returning home from the service in 1960, he took a job sacking wool, which led to shearing and then to raising sheep. Gnos served as NLFA’s vice president from 2008-2010 and, most recently, ended his two-year term as president. The immediate past president of NLFA goes on to represent the organization on the ASI Executive Board. Gnos also served as second vice president and board member of the Oregon Sheep Growers Association. He has been a part of the Tri-lamb delegation for the last four years. Gnos has one son, two daughters and eight grandchildren.
Margaret Soulen Hinson - Past President
Background: Soulen Hinson is a third-generation livestock producer. Along with her father, Phil Soulen, and brother, Harry Soulen, she runs a range sheep and cattle operation. Soulen Livestock runs approximately 8,000 head of ewes and 800 cows. They have been in business since the early 1920s. The business is headquartered in Weiser and operates in eight Idaho counties. Soulen Livestock's base property is comprised of approximately 50,000 acres that is used in conjunction with various state, Bureau of Land Management, Forest Service and private land leases. Soulen Hinson attended the University of Idaho from 1974 to 1979 majoring in special education and elementary education. After graduation, she came back to the family livestock business and has been actively involved in various industry associations. Soulen Hinson is past chairman of the Idaho Rangeland Resource Commission. She currently is a member of the University of Idaho’s Citizen’s Advisory Board for the Policy Analysis Group, is on the board of directors for the Associated Taxpayers of Idaho and serves on the Third Judicial Magistrate Commission. She chairs the Weiser Memorial Hospital Board and has co-chaired the ASI Prescribed Grazing Committee and chairs the ASI Resolutions Committee.