An event providing insight into today’s agricultural marketing landscape, ample networking opportunities and the encouragement to “grow greatness,” SUNY Cobleskill students Cody Cassaday, Adam Goeke, Carolyn Marlowe, Alexandra Moreau, Gregory Pugh, Pierce Randall and Tyler Stevenson represented the College as its first NAMA Chapter – the first NAMA Chapter in New York State – at the National Argi-Marketing Association’s Annual Agri-Marketing Conference from April 13 to April 17, 2015. Under the guidance of their club advisor, Dr. Sophie Winter, Assistant Professor of Agricultural Business at SUNY Cobleskill, these seven students gave an excellent performance among 1,200 attendees representing 28 schools from North America.

In preparation for the event, held in Kansas City, Missouri, the SUNY Cobleskill NAMA Chapter engaged in several fundraising efforts to finance their travels. Once finances were secure, students diligently worked to prepare highly detailed competition material. Meeting almost every Friday afternoon and Sunday evening, the team developed a comprehensive marketing plan and twenty minute presentation. Though the SUNY Cobleskill NAMA Chapter did not advance into the final stages of the competition, their outstanding efforts were recognized and largely applauded.

“I am incredibly proud that the students were able to compete with 28 other schools in North America. They worked really hard on their project and they represented SUNY Cobleskill well. They learned a lot from this experience, from meeting other students in agricultural programs to networking with agricultural professionals for internships and job opportunities. We returned from Kansas City with plenty of ideas and recommendations for next year’s team. As their advisor, I definitely look forward to it,” said Dr. Winter.