(Posted Tue. Jul 3rd, 2012)
July 3: The National Corn Growers Association congratulates Thomas N. Sleight on his selection as the new president and CEO of the U.S. Grains Council. Previously the vice president of operations and membership, Sleight has a cumulative 18 years of service with the Council both in the Washington office and abroad.
“Having already had the chance to work with Tom for many years, we look forward to continuing our productive, collaborative relationship with him and the Council moving forward,” said NCGA President Gary Niemeyer. “Tom has shown his dedication to the American farmer and his skill in a wide array of capacities over the past two decades. He is an asset to our industry and has already demonstrated that he gets results for U.S. farmers.”
Sleight initially joined the Council in 1983 and has served in multiple capacities, including successful assignments in program operations in the Washington office, international program direction in the field, communications, membership and administrative functions. After leaving for stints with other agricultural organizations, he returned to the Council in November 2010.
Sleight’s elevation to president and CEO comes as Tom Dorr retires from the position. While Dorr is retiring from day-to-day executive duties, he will continue to work with the Council on a part-time basis as a consultant on a number of long-term initiatives begun during his tenure.