November 3-5, 2018
Greater Columbus Convention Center
Columbus, Ohio

Association Business

Candidate Forum

Saturday, November 4, 4:30 pm

The Candidate Forum will be held Saturday, Nov. 4 at 4:30 p.m. This Forum is the prime time for delegates and Association members to listen to candidates vying for the Association’s Board of Directors. Each candidate will present for 10 minutes, followed by a Q&A session.

134th Annual Meeting of the Delegates

Monday, November 6, 10 am

No Angus Convention is complete without the American Angus Association® annual business meeting. Delegates from across the U.S. will assemble to represent nearly 25,000 Association members during the Annual Convention of Delegates on Monday, Nov. 6.

2017 Annual Meeting of the Delegates List

Board of Director Candidates

Five members have declared their intention to run for a position on the American Angus Association Board of Directors.

The delegates elect five directors, a president and chairman of the board, and a vice president and vice chairman of the board, as well as vote on any bylaws amendments that may be presented at the Association’s 134th Annual Convention of Delegates.

Jerry Connealy


Jerry Connealy has been honored to serve on the American Angus Association Board of Directors for the past three years. During this time, he has served on the Executive, Breed Improvement, Finance & Planning, and Member & Affiliate Services committees. He served as chairman of the Breed Improvement Committee. He has also served on the boards of Certified Angus Beef LLC (CAB), Angus Productions Inc. (API) and Angus Genetics Inc. (AGI), serving as chairman of the AGI Board this past year.

David A. Dal Porto


The California Angus Association unanimously endorses David A. Dal Porto as a candidate for a second Board term.

David was born in Oakley, Calif. He was raised on his family’s commercial cattle and farming operation. He and his wife, Jeanene, still manage their registered and commercial Angus operation in Oakley, Brentwood and northern California. They have three children – Lindsey, AJ and Dawson. All three have been active as youth in 4-H and FFA, as well as in exhibiting Angus cattle on the local, state and national level.

John Grimes


The Ohio Angus Association (OAA) endorses John Grimes, Hillsboro, Ohio, as a candidate for the Board.

The second-generation Angus breeder was raised on his family’s Angus and commercial cow-calf operation, Maplecrest Farms, near Decatur, Ohio. John attended Ohio State University (OSU) majoring in animal science. He was a member of Alpha Zeta, the Saddle & Sirloin Club and Towers Agricultural Honorary. At OSU, John was a member of the Ohio 4-H livestock judging team, and the OSU meats and livestock judging teams. He was a delegate who elected the original National Junior Angus Board (NJAB).

James W. Henderson


James W. Henderson is a candidate for re-election to the American Angus Association Board of Directors. He was born in Kerrville, Texas, as a fourth-generation rancher in the Texas Hill Country. He was active in 4-H and FFA as a youth, participating in numerous livestock shows and judging contests, and was awarded one of the prestigious Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo 4-H scholarships.

Dave Nichols


The Iowa Angus Association is proud to endorse Dave Nichols of Bridgewater, Iowa, as a candidate for re-election.

Dave has been in the cattle business his entire life, having grown up on his father’s cattle-feeding operation. From his father’s humble beginnings as a dryland tenant farmer in Nebraska, Nichols Farms has grown to 5,500 acres, 1,400 cows and a small feedlot. By private treaty they annually market more than 500 bulls and a large number of commercial heifers developed from the Nichols herd and those of their customers. Nichols Farms has a very active feeder calf-marketing program to enhance the profitability of their customers.