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Jacob Manternach

Midwest Jacob Manternach 2020 

Iowa State University
Advisor: Dr. Terry Houser

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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?

Serving as the Midwest Regional Director for the AMSA Student Membership Board of Directors would provide me the opportunity to listen to the needs of students within the region and help facilitate new events and make sure those I would represent have a voice in the AMSA. I've served as the President of the ISU Culinary Science Club for two terms, served on the department committee that helped plan and facilitate our Food Science and Human Nutrition Departments largest fundraising event, and have held many other leadership positions throughout my academic career. These experiences have taught me the importance of not just effective teamwork, but how to listen to the needs and ideas of others. In my experience, teams are most effective when everyone has a voice at the table.

There have been many individuals that have helped mold me into the driven and engaged person I am today. Many of these people were highly active in the AMSA, and help open my eyes to the immense opportunity that comes with being involved in AMSA student events and conferences. I'm hard pressed to think that I would be in the same position I'm in today without their guidance and encouragement. I've competed in both Intercollegiate Meats Judging and Quiz Bowl competitions, have attended RMC and participated in the Iron Chef competitions, student breakout sessions, and spoke directly with industry professionals at the student career fair. The AMSA Student Membership Board of Directors play a vital role in the success of these programs and events. An understanding of the importance of these events for students professional and personal growth makes me an ideal candidate for the Midwest Director. This understanding would motivate me to work to the best of my ability to guide and encourage new members to become involved in AMSA activities while working to continuing to provide second to none events for AMSA student members.

What does your AMSA membership mean to you?

My membership in the AMSA has been the guiding light I've needed during my studies that helped solidify my desire for a career that would contribute to the meat industry. Upon obtaining my student membership, the AMSA and the activities it supports, has been at every turn I've taken. AMSA activities like Intercollegiate Meats Judging and Quiz Bowl competitions have been challenging and rewarding activities that have allowed me to apply classroom knowledge in a competitive setting. The Reciprocal Meat Conference, and travel support provided by the AMSA, has played an integral part of my professional development. Without my membership in the AMSA, I would have never had the opportunity to attend RMC to learn from industry professionals about the most current events affecting our industry and the leading-edge meat science research being conducted across the country. I've developed many great friendships, gained outstanding mentors, and have had some of the most fun of my undergraduate career to the credit of opportunities provided by the American Meat Science Association. During my graduate program, I'm excited build upon these experiences and hope to inspire those younger than me to find their place in this great organization.

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