MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Ted Schneider, a Lake Providence, La., producer, was elected National Cotton Council chairman for 2022 during the organization’s annual meeting in Houston, Texas.
Shawn Holladay, a Lubbock producer, was elected to the position of vice chairman for 2022.
Before serving as the NCC’s vice chairman in 2020 and 2021, Schneider was a NCC director. He has served on and led multiple NCC committees. He previously chaired the NCC's Committee for the Advancement of Cotton and currently chairs its Sustainability Task Force and Budget Committee.
In 2018 and 2019, Schneider served as president of the NCC’s export promotions arm, Cotton Council International. He has been an active leader in the NCC's American Cotton Producers, is a past board member of Cotton Incorporated and is board chairman of the U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol. He also is a past president of the Louisiana Cotton and Grain Association.
Since 1984, Schneider has been the owner/operator of a Lake Providence-based 3,600-acre diversified farming operation in northeast Louisiana and southeast Arkansas. Dedicated to sustainable, responsible agricultural production, his primary crops are cotton, corn, soybeans, rice, wheat and grain sorghum. Schneider earned a B.S. in Business Administration from Louisiana State University. He and his wife, Renee, have three children.
Elected as a NCC vice president was Sammy Wright, a Tifton, Ga., cottonseed processor.
Re-elected as NCC vice presidents were: Jordan Lea, a Greenville, S.C., merchant; Robin Perkins, a Sanford, N.C., textile manufacturer; Kirk Gilkey, a Corcoran, Calif., ginner; Jay Cowart, an Altus, Okla., warehouser; and Kevin Brinkley, marketing cooperative executive, Lubbock, Texas. Elected as secretary-treasurer is Mark McKean, a producer from Riverdale, California.
Re-elected as NCC staff officers were: Gary Adams, president and chief executive officer; Marjory Walker, vice president, Operations; Jody Campiche, vice president, Economics and Policy Analysis; Reece Langley, vice president, Washington Operations; John Gibson, vice president, Member Services; Don Parker, vice president, Technical Services; Tas Smith, vice president, Producer Affairs; and Harrison Ashley, vice president, Ginner Services.