- TCGA Incoming President -
For more than 30 years, David Wyatt has been involved in cotton ginning. Now he gets to make an even bigger contribution to the state’s industry. Beginning with the Texas Cotton Ginners’ Association’s Annual Meeting in Lubbock, Wyatt will follow in the footsteps of many other ginners as he prepares to lead the organization in 2008 as its new president.
Wyatt says he is prepared for the challenge of the job, having served as secretary and vice president of TCGA for the past two years.
Still, there is a sense of excitement and anticipation as he prepares to follow Jim Bradford as president. Wyatt is manager of Bayside Richardson Gin in Woodsboro and has been affiliated with the gin since 1991. His other two ginning jobs were at London Cooperative Gin from 1978 to 1989 and Ocot Gin from 1989 to 1990.
“It’s a great honor, and to have my peers vote me into this position makes it even better,” says Wyatt. “It means a lot when you can contribute something back to the industry – as opposed to sitting on the back row.”
Wyatt is hoping that his tenure as TCGA president will allow a new Farm Bill to be fully implemented and help the cotton industry remain competitive in the global market. In addition, he’s expecting ginners to do their part by embracing technology and doing whatever it takes to thrive in this new environment.
The new TCGA president also is a firm believer in establishing an effective working relationship with producers. After all, without the producer there is no cotton industry. Wyatt believes that the producer-ginner relationship can go a long way toward addressing all important issues – including fiber quality.
TCGA’s new president knows something about the importance of service to producer customers. His gin in Woodsboro averages about 30,000 bales each year with a capacity of 40 bales per hour.
He will have plenty of friends and relatives on hand when he assumes his new responsibilities at the organization’s meeting in Lubbock. Wyatt and his wife Phyllis have four children – Cara, Danny, Taylor and Tyler. The Texas couple also has three grandchildren.
“I can’t express
how excited I am about this,” he adds. “I’m really
looking forward to it. Tony (Williams) and Jim (Bradford) have given
me some tips on what to expect. I’m ready to get started.”