Gerry Salzman, a 1992 graduate of the Illinois Agricultural Leadership Program, has been awarded the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award by the U.S. Grains Council. The award was given during the council’s 52nd Annual Board of Delegates Meeting to recognize his commitment to go above and beyond for the good of the organization. To date there have been only six recipients and the Board of Directors noted it was proud to have presented Salzman with this exclusive award.
Salzman currently serves as the senior director of global product marketing management, overseeing all worldwide products and marketing activities at Case IH harvesting equipment. In his 26 years at Case IH, he has held a variety of positions in product development of combines, grain platforms and cotton pickers, marketing and product management of crop harvesting, hay and forage, and construction equipment. Prior to Case IH, he worked for 14 years at International Harvester and was involved in the launch of the first Axial-Flow combines, as well as subsequent combine lines.
Salzman has been an important part of the U.S. Grains Council and a significant contributor in many ways, including his leadership in the membership satisfaction survey. He previously served as chairman of the public relations committee. In 2003 he was elected to the board of directors and reelected in 2009. He currently serves on the Membership and Communications Advisory Team
“Gerry has worked for the Council for many years. At my first meeting at the U.S. Grains Council, I was assigned to Gerry’s committee; he was the chairman. You could tell he was excited to work for the Council and his enthusiasm was contagious,” said Dr. Wendell Shauman, USGC past chairman. “He represents the agribusiness sector of the Council and brings a unique set of skills to the Board. We really appreciate all he has done for us.”
Click here to view a short video of the history of his career with the Council, put together with the help of Nancy Kavazanjan of the Wisconsin Corn Promotion Board.