Former KLA staff person and current NCBA Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Kendal Frazier has announced he will retire at the end of this year. Frazier has been with NCBA for 34 years, the last four as CEO.
The Winfield native was director of communications at KLA before moving to Denver in 1985. He has served the beef industry through challenging times and events. Frazier was instrumental in passage of the referendum on the $1.00-per-head beef checkoff in 1988, worked on the staff team that carried out the merger between the National Cattlemen’s Association and National Live Stock and Meat Board in 1996 and helped successfully defend the industry’s beef safety record when the first domestic case of BSE was discovered in 2003.
“It has been an honor to serve the men and women who make their living in the cattle business,” said Frazier. “I am confident that I’m leaving NCBA in a good place.”
Frazier said over the past several years, NCBA has strengthened its relationship with stakeholders, built the association’s financial resources and deepened the staff talent pool, all while continuing to help the industry meet the growing demand for high-quality beef domestically and abroad.
“Kendal has made a positive difference for the beef industry through his leadership on many critical issues,” said KLA CEO Matt Teagarden. “His focus on key issues in Washington, D.C. and commitment to improving beef demand made an immeasurable impact on the cattle business.”
NCBA will immediately begin the search for a new CEO. Frazier will remain in the position until December 31, 2019, to assist in the transition process.