MEMPHIS, Tenn. (February 9, 2015) – Dahlen K. Hancock, a Ropesville, Texas, producer, will serve as president of Cotton Council International (CCI) for 2015. He and other CCI officers were elected at CCI's board meeting held during the National Cotton Council's (NCC) 2015 Annual Meeting here on February 6-8. CCI is the NCC's export promotions arm and carries out programs in more than 50 countries globally under the COTTON USA trademark.
"I know that these are difficult times for the cotton industry with such a large surplus of cotton globally," Hancock said. "CCI, working for the U.S. cotton industry, will continue to do a great job of promoting and sourcing our quality cotton into export markets around the world. I look forward to leading CCI as we address this challenge."
Hancock, who moves up from CCI first vice president, succeeds Jordan Lea, a merchant with Eastern Trading Company in Greenville, S.C., who becomes CCI board chairman. Hancock has been farming for 35 years. He is a fourth generation farmer following in the footsteps of his father, grandfather and great-grandfather, who also chose farming as their professions. Hancock serves as chairman of New Home Coop Gin, as well as a delegate and marketing pool representative at Plains Cotton Cooperative Association in Lubbock, Texas.
Other 2015 CCI officers elected include: first vice president, Keith Lucas, cooperative official, Garner, N.C.; second vice president, Anthony Tancredi, merchant, Cordova, Tenn.; and treasurer, Stewart Weaver, Jr., an Edmondson, Ark., producer. In addition, Gary Adams, Cordova, Tenn., was elected as secretary and Vaughn Jordan, Washington, D.C., was elected as assistant secretary.
Producers Lee Cromley, Brooklet, Ga., and Craig Heinrich, Lubbock, Texas, were elected 2015 CCI directors.
Re-elected 2015 CCI directors were: Producers – Cannon Michael, producer, Los Banos, Calif.; Michael D. (Mike) Alexander, Colorado City, Texas; Richard Kelley, Burlison, Tenn.; Taylor Slade, Williamston, N.C.; and Gregory C. (Greg) Wuertz, Casa Grande, Ariz.; Ginners – Thomas S. (Sid) Brough, Odem, Texas; and Kent D. Fountain, Surrency, Ga.; Merchants – E. Hope (Hopie) Brooks, III, and Steven (Steve) Dyer, both of Cordova, Tenn.; Philip R. (Phil) Bogel, II, and R. Eduardo L. (Eddy) Esteve, both of Dallas, Texas; and Ernst D. (Ernie) Schroeder, Jr., Bakersfield, Calif.; Cooperative Officials - Frederick Barrier and Hank Reichle, both of Greenwood, Miss.; and Lonnie D. Winters, Lubbock, Texas; Cottonseed Handler - James C. Massey, Harlingen, Texas Warehouser - Vance C. Shoaf, Milan, Tenn.; and Manufacturers – Daniel G. Morrison, Gastonia, N.C.; and Robin Perkins, Sanford, N.C.