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Date: 2/8/2013

Title: NCBA Recognizes 2012 Top Hand Club Winners at Cattle Industry Convention and Trade Show

TAMPA, Fla. (Feb. 8, 2013) –The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s (NCBA) 2012 Top Hand Club celebrated today the recruitment of 907 new NCBA members, all recruited over the past year. Out of the 200-member Top Hand Club, 24 recruited at least 10 new members to earn a personalized Top Hand Club belt buckle from Red Bluff Buckles. Five of those Top Hands went above and beyond to recruit 20 or more new members and earned other prizes such as free airline tickets, registration and lodging at the 2013 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show in Tampa.

Initiated in 1982, the Top Hand Club is NCBA’s member-recruit-a-member program that recognizes volunteer leaders for their commitment in growing a strong national association. To become a Top Hand Club member, individuals must recruit at least three new NCBA members. To remain in the club, members must recruit two new members each subsequent year. The Top Hand Club recruitment year runs Oct. 1through Sept. 30. The program is sponsored by Case IH and Roper/Stetson.

Each year, three high achieving Top Hands are recognized for their recruitment efforts, as those members who signed on the most new Top Hands. This year, the Top Hand Club sponsored an additional award which recognizes the Top Hand who recruited the highest revenue.
Congratulations to the 2012 Top Hand Club top three recruiters and the top recruiter for revenue. Thank you to all of the NCBA Top Hand members; you are an elite group that makes NCBA stronger.

2012 Top Hand Club Champion – Hugh McCampbell, DVM

For the fourth straight year, with 48 recruits, the 2012 Top Hand Club Champion is Hugh McCampbell, DVM from Sweetwater, Tenn. McCampbell is no stranger to the club, and has been the reigning champion all four years that he’s been a member. He is one of NCBA’s strongest proponents, and has earned many prizes for his recruiting efforts, including two airline tickets to the convention, three nights hotel lodging, convention registration, a personalized Top Hand Club belt buckle and the 2012 Top Hand Grand Prize, a $1,000 Cabela’s gift card.

2012 Top Hand Club Reserve Champion – Adam McClung

With 30 recruits, the 2012 Top Hand Club Reserve Champion is Adam McClung of Little Rock, Ark. McClung is a great NCBA membership advocate, having been a Top Hand Club member for four years. McClung has also earned great prizes for his recruiting efforts, including a $500 Cabela’s gift card, airfare and registration for convention and an exclusive personalized Red Bluff belt buckle.

2012 Top Hand Club 3rd Place Recruiter – Ryan Higbie

Ryan Higbie of Quenemo, Kan., was honored as the third place recruiter for 2012, gaining the association 22 new members. Having been a Top Hand Club member for seven years, Higbie earned a pair of Roper/Stetson boots and an exclusive personalized Red Bluff belt buckle.

2012 Top Hand Club Champion Recruiter for Revenue – DNT Farms, Deane & Nancy Thomas

Cobb, Wis., NCBA members Deane and Nancy Thomas are the first-ever winners of the prestigious “Recruiter for Revenue” award. No strangers to the Top Hand Club, the couple has been involved in NCBA recruitment for 12 years. In 2012, they recruited an outstanding $5,043 in new member dues revenue and earned top prizes including a $1,000 Roper/Stetson online shopping spree.

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