Hunter Smith

East Hunter Smith 2020 

Auburn University
Advisor: Dr. Jason Sawyer

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Why do you want to be on the AMSA Student Membership Board of Directors and what qualifications make you the best candidate for the position?

I recall my earliest interactions ever with the student board of directors at the first RMC I attended in Kansas City. I vividly remember that group of students being remarkably passionate and full of energy. Without question they were a group that easily stood out for their willingness to share knowledge and share their passion for the meats industry. This experience was the initial spark to my interest, however it was more recently that I met current board members and they are without a doubt the future leaders of this industry. After connecting with them and some encouraging words I decided that running for the student board of directors is a truly unique and tremendous opportunity that I need to take advantage of. Additionally, I believe that my passion for the meats industry, diverse experiences and knowledge associated with agriculture are attributes that can position myself in being a great candidate. Moreover, I feel that a good representation of the Student Board of Directors is someone that is selfless, exhibits servant leadership and strives to enhance everyone around them. If I am fortunate enough to be elected as the East Region Director I will strive to exceed all expectations and focus all of my abilities in hopes this organization can benefit immeasurably.

What does your AMSA membership mean to you?

 I first gained my AMSA membership while competing on the 2017 Meat Judging Team at Tarleton State
University. During my time on that team and the subsequent years assisting in coaching judging teams I truly realized the endless opportunities provided by being a member of AMSA. Following my judging season as an evaluator I had the opportunity to attend my first RMC. While investigating the conference and exploring I recognized the various research opportunities, career opportunities and the huge support from businesses and companies in the meats industry. Over the past few years traveling with various judging teams, attending more conferences and short courses I have realized just how enormous the membership of this association truly is. In conclusion, it is an honor to be a part of an association that is committed to the youth and future leaders of tomorrow as we strive to improve the meats industry each passing day.

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