The NAFB Night of Honors started with tears for the untimely loss this year of former president Stewart Doan inducted into the Hall of Fame. Stewart’s wife Leslie and two daughters Lauren and Sarah were on hand to see the industry pay tribute to this great husband, father and industry professional. So many of us still can’t believe he is gone – but not forgotten.
The second Hall of Famer honored was veteran broadcaster George Gatley of Western Agri-Radio Networks, who started his career in 1958 – the year after I was born. George has been the official photographer at NAFB forever and he made me feel good by calling me a “girl.” Thanks, George!
The Dix Harper Meritorious Service Award was presented to Mike Hansen, Agriculture Sales Director for the Rural Media Group (RFD-TV/Rural TV). Mike began his tenure with NAFB as Marketing Manager at the Omaha Stockyards and then at WOW-AM where he was Farm Director and Farm Sales Manager. He was a key player in developing the concept of Trade Talk at the NAFB Convention and served as chairman of the event for several years.