“As a board we agree that naming Jack as interim executive vice president is what is best for the association during this time of transition,” Walker says. “We are confident that Jack will continue business in a seamless and effective manner.”

As interim, Ward will lead, direct, manage or support all functions of the association, including serving as the association secretary.

Ward has served as chief operating officer and director of breed improvement since he joined the AHA team in 2003. His leadership has created increased interest and participation in the association’s National Reference Sire Program (NRSP) and testing Hereford genetics in real-world commercial settings.

He was also instrumental in AHA’s development of genomic-enhanced expected progeny differences (GE-EPDs) and other breed improvement strategies, such as the newly released udder EPDs.

“It will be a pleasure to serve as the interim executive vice president and secretary as the AHA board of directors works through this transition,” Ward says. “The AHA has an incredible staff, and we will work together to continue the service and the development of tools to enhance the demand for Hereford cattle.”


Along with his solid background in association work, he also has real-world seedstock experience. He spent 16 years managing several predominant seedstock operations and most recently was managing partner of Maple Lane Angus.

Ward is recognized throughout the industry for his ability to effectively communicate and educate. He has traveled across the U.S. and overseas to lead educational forums. Ward is currently serving on the Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) board of directors and the Ultrasound Guidelines Council (UGC).

He graduated from Purdue University with a bachelor’s degree in agriculture economics and also has an Associate of Science degree from Black Hawk East College.

Jack and his wife, Mary Ann, have two college-age sons – Cameron and Carter. The family resides in Plattsburg, Missouri.  end mark

—From American Hereford Association news release