2017 NCBA President-elect
Kevin Kester is a fifth generation California rancher. He was born and raised in the Parkfield area of southern Monterey County where his family has lived for over 125 years. They have a yearling stocker and an Angus-based commercial cow-calf operation. They also farm wine grapes on their 22,000 acre ranch. Kester attended California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo where he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture Management. He then later returned to Parkfield with his wife June. They have three grown children: Kayleen, Kody, and Kara. In 2015, The Kesters’ welcomed the 7th Parkfield generation into the family, baby Keslee Abate.
Kester owns and operates his families’ cattle and wine grape operations.
Kester is very active within the industry, having served as President of the San Luis Obispo County Cattlemen’s Association, President of the California Cattlemen’s Association and is the current vice chairman of the CCA Cattle Political Action Committee.
At the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, Kevin is currently the 2017 President-elect, Kester is a past Vice President and Policy Division Chairman, after serving as the Policy Division Vice Chairman. Kevin has served as Chairman of the Joint International Markets and the Tax and Credit Committees. He has also served on the Board of Directors since 2007.
He has also been active within his community serving on the Shandon School Board of Trustees, the California Mid-State Fair Heritage Foundation board of directors and the California Mid-State Fair Agriculture Committee.
Kester is also a member of the California Association of Winegrape Growers, Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance and the Central Coast Vineyard Team.