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DBA and Edge: Strengthening our team

Tuesday, June 30, 2020   (0 Comments)
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DBA and its sister organization, Edge Dairy Farmer Cooperative, have hired Dale Beaty, an experienced farm organization leader, to be director of member relations. Dale will help expand services to farm members, including recruitment and member engagement.

Nicole Barlass, who had been director of member relations, has been named director of corporate relations, a new position. “I am very excited about the bandwidth and expertise Dale will bring to our team, and I am eager to focus my time and talents on this more defined role,” Barlass said.

DBA and Edge focus every day on how to put farmers in the best position to succeed, said Tim Trotter, executive director of the organizations. This is all about adding value for our members

“Dale has a proven record of member engagement and leadership development, which is vital for a leading organization,” Trotter said. “He is the perfect fit to add value to our members and the greater dairy community.”

Get to know Dale
My wife, Jillian, and I live in Milton, Wis. Jillian is the agriculture education instructor and FFA adviser at Oregon High School. We have three adult children, Kaitlyn, Sydney and Carson. We have two grandchildren, Claire and Theodore.

I attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison on an Army ROTC scholarship. I became an Army officer and spent seven years on active duty serving at Fort Bliss, Texas, Grafenwohr and Darmstadt, Germany, and Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. After leaving the Army, I started my own home-building and real estate development company. I have a master’s degree in organization management with a specialty in leadership from Capella University.

What is your agricultural background?

I grew up on a small dairy farm near Yuba, Wis. While in high school, I worked on two dairy farms near Hillsboro. I was active in FFA at Hillsboro High School serving as the chapter secretary and president. After high school, I served as the Wisconsin FFA vice president and president. I attended UW-Madison and graduated with a degree in agricultural economics. I worked at Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation for the past 15 years.

What should DBA members know about you?

I live life to the fullest, believe in a positive outlook on life and lead as a servant leader. Your member services team is here to consistently deliver relevant and valuable services. I’m available 24/7 to serve our members.

What are you most looking forward to in this role?

I’m excited about the opportunity to serve and grow the positive impact of DBA and Edge dairy farm families.

Contact Dale at dbeaty@dairyforward.com or (608) 774-4723.


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