122 / SEEDWORLD.COM DECEMBER 2018 •Kaylin Fink, of Chapman, Kan., is a senior at Kansas State University study- ing agronomy with an emphasis on crop consulting and production. •Garrett Imhoff, of California, Mo., is a senior at the University of Missouri with dual studies in the fields of plant science and environmental science, with emphasis on crop management and land and soil, respectively. •Chad Lammers, of Hartington, Neb., is a junior at the University of Nebraska studying plant biology with plans for earn- ing a master’s degree in plant breeding. •William Ortiz, of Scio, Ore., is a senior at Oregon State University studying crop and soil science. •Preston DeJong, of Bryan, Texas, is a senior at Texas A&M University studying plant and environmental soil science. •Mackenzie Derry, of Thompson, N.D., is a senior at North Dakota State University studying crop and weed sci- ences, as well as agribusiness and soil science. •Isaac Armenta, of Buckeye, Ariz., is a an Arizona State FFA Officer and plans to study ag education. •Maiya Gibbs, of N.J., is a senior at Cornell University studying crop produc- tion and management, as well as agribusi- ness management. •Kaeden Mollett, of Greenville, Ill., is a junior at Murray State University studying agricultural science and agronomy. WSA recognizes that the future of the seed industry depends on today’s youth and bringing in new ideas and fresh faces. As such, the members held a reception for Jesse and Susan Smart thanking them for their years 20-plus years of service to WSA, while welcoming Tina Bowling as the new WSA executive director. A New Era of Management “We very much appreciate all the work Jesse and Susan have done for the association and wish them all the best in retirement,” says Talley. From Berea, Ky., Bowling is the founder of Innovative Association Management (IAM) Solutions, an asso- ciation management firm that’s been in operation for 15-plus years. Bowling began her work with WSA June 1, 2018, and has been working to update the face of the association with a new website, online membership directory and elec- tronic check-in at registration. “I’m excited to be here in Kansas City and meeting many of our members face- to-face for the first time,” Bowling said, during the convention. “I’ve heard a great deal about this meeting, but it’s another to see it in person. Attendees are focused on trading, closing deals, networking and having a bit of fun … “I look forward to being a resource and helping the association achieve its goals moving forward.” In the months ahead, Bowling says she’ll be working on improving member communications offerings, adding to the website and developing new conference features for next year. For questions about WSA, Bowling can be reached at 855-416-SEED (7333) or Tina@westernseed.org. SW