Tom Fleming, COBA/Select Sires board president, is pleased to announce that Duane Logan will lead the organization as general manager beginning in September of 2013. Logan currently serves as the Marketing Director-North for COBA/Select Sires. "Duane has helped set the course for the organization over the past eighteen years. His straight-forward leadership style and thinking of the member-owner-customer first will continue to benefit all producers in the cooperative," according to Fleming. Current general manager Bernard Heisner will retire on August 31, 2013.
"I have had the privilege of working with Duane since he joined COBA as North Marketing Director in 1994 and can honestly say that he is one of the most honest, sincere, dedicated and hard working employees in the COBA organization. He works many long hours to ensure that COBA member owners receive the best of both products and services available while placing a high priority on promoting sound working relationships with fellow COBA employees. I'm excited to continue working with Duane in his new role as COBA's general manager," says Norman Hoff, COBA Marketing Director-Southwest. Logan has been a part of the leadership team that has helped COBA/Select Sires grow to over 1.9 million units of semen sales. Responsible for the sales and service personnel and programs, Logan has worked with the COBA team to grow market share, increase customer loyalty and develop incentive-based employee compensation programs. In addition, Logan has been responsible for the oversight of the marketing program in Mexico. With his leadership, the relationships with COBA's Mexican business partners continue to grow and prove profitable.
Logan's experience with COBA/Select Sires started long before his employment. As a partner, owner and operator of Loganway Farms in Farmdale, Ohio, Duane has benefited from the very programs that he strives now to lead and improve. His 200-cow registered Holstein herd was a long time member-owner-customer which helped develop genetic lines that were made available through the Select Sires federation. In addition, Duane served on the COBA/Select Sires board as a member-owner representative. He was a member of the board when the previous two general managers were hired. Duane still owns farm land in Farmdale and has called Plain City, Ohio home for almost two decades. He resides there with his wife, Chris. They have two grown daughters; Jenna resides in the Columbus area and Leah in the Cleveland area.
COBA/Select Sires, Inc., one of the founding members of Select Sires, Inc., has become widely respected for its clearly demonstrated ability to provide the finest service and bovine genetics available in the world. COBA/Select Sires, Inc., operates as a true cooperative by encouraging member input and allowing members to share in profits through patronage refunds.