Bryan "Bo" Garcia

President Bo Garcia 2020 

Graduate Student 
The Ohio State University
Advisor: Dr. Lyda Garcia

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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?

My interest in meat science originated while attending Dr. Jeff Savell’s Introduction to Meat Science course as an undergraduate student. His passion for meat science and teaching inspired me to pursue the meat science certificate and strive to be a competitive member of the 2018 Fightin’ Texas Aggie Meat Judging Team. While competing on the judging team, I was blessed to meet Dr. Lyda G. Garcia, an Assistant Professor at The Ohio State University and now my graduate advisor. Under her direction, I have had the opportunity to participate in numerous extension programs, lecture in her courses, and serve as the 2020 Ohio State University Meat Judging Team coach. The experiences in my undergraduate and graduate programs have helped me grow my emotional intelligence, work with varying personalities and leadership styles, and further develop my passion for teaching, helping, and mentoring others.

This past year, I was elected and served as an At-Large Student Board Director. In this role, I assisted with planning the 2020 Student Leadership Conference and RMC student programs. Serving as a director helped me fully understand the importance of the board and its commitment to AMSA’s newest
members. I believe my experience and willingness to serve and provide continued student development opportunities are some of the most important qualities held in an AMSA Student Membership Board leader. These experiences and my commitment are just some of the reasons why I want to continue serving the student membership as President of the AMSA Student Board of Directors.

What does your AMSA membership mean to you?

I was graciously granted membership into the American Meat Science Association in 2018 when competing on the Fightin Texas Aggie Meat Judging Team. At the time, I did not fully understand the role of AMSA nor the prestige of its membership. It was only after attending my first Reciprocal Meat Conference in Fort Collins, CO and serving as a Student Board Director that my understanding and appreciation grew. Having an AMSA membership not only allowed me to develop lasting relationships with industry professionals, but other students and university personnel with a passion similar to my own…Meat Science.

Even after only 2 years, my AMSA membership has provided me learning and exposure that simply cannot be gained in a classroom. AMSA’s commitment to the development of students in the meat science industry is unmatched. Its members create a family-like atmosphere and give a place for meat science enthusiasts to call home…and I really enjoy being a part of it! 

I can confidently say this is an organization I am proud to represent and one that I look forward to supporting long in the future.

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