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Russell Nemetz Gordon Tabbed to Administer Idaho Wool Growers
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Program: Land & Livestock Report
Date: September 05, 2019

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The Idaho Wool Growers Association is pleased to welcome Naomi Gordon to the team as the new executive director. She succeeds former director, Brandy Kay, who held the post for nearly three years. Gordon has an extensive background in nonprofits, and a large list of accolades to her credit.

"I have worked with, and for, many grass-roots entities throughout the nation, but none of them has had quite the passion and drive this one does," said Gordon. "The wool growers is so rich with history and love for our state, I am quite excited to become part of the team."

Gordon plans to utilize her experience for the IWGA by engaging with current producers, legislation, media, industry leaders, educators, hobbyists and the Idaho community at large.

"This first year will be one of listening and learning about what each sector needs," said Gordon. "The industry as a whole is being transformed by technology, resource management and government regulations. I would love to hear from people about their thoughts of how we can help navigate, educate and initiate positive pathways to business success for our members."

Gordon holds a master's degree in organizational leadership from Colorado Christian University, a bachelor's degree from Utah Valley University, two associate's degrees in graphic design and illustration from Salt Lake Community College and three technology degrees from the United States Marine Corps – where she proudly served as a journalist and broadcaster. Her and her husband, Rod, have five grown and two grandchildren.

In addition to a new director, the IWGA has implemented two more changes from their strategic plan: a new website and a headquarters move.

"Our offices being located in Emmett (Idaho) was found to be inconvenient to many of our members," said IWGA President John Noh. "We took their advice and are currently in the process of moving back to Boise where we will share a building with the Idaho Cattle Association. This will make it much easier for our members who need to fly in or travel from long distances."

The association's offices – with a dedicated Sheep Shop Store – will be open to the public when the move is complete next month.

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