Devoted, proactive and deserving are a few words Texas Junior Angus Association (TJAA) members used to describe their state advisors, Tom and Merridee Wells. For nearly a decade, the couple’s tireless efforts have not only helped the TJAA become fierce competitors on the national level, but they’ve also impacted the entire Angus breed with their diligent efforts.

To honor their never-quit attitude, the National Junior Angus Association (NJAA) recognized the Wells as the Advisors of the Year at the 2013 National Junior Angus Show (NJAS) in Kansas City, Mo.

Whether they are helping with the team sales competition or the All-American Certified Angus Beef® Cook-Off contest, the Wells family has dedicated their lives in the service of the TJAA. Their dedication has resulted in Texas being one of the largest groups of juniors in the United States, bettering the breed and its youth.

Tylee Williams, TJAA member, described the couple as her mentors and second parents who are always welcoming new members with open arms.

“They are always there pushing each and every one of us to try a new contest or to step-up to our officer duties and fulfill our responsibilities,” Williams says.           

With a growing group of juniors finding enough time and resources can be a challenge. TJAA member Nikolyn Williams says the couple has made it their duty to ensure money was never an obstacle for Texas juniors to have a place to learn and grow.

“Merridee and Tom demand excellence from themselves, as well as those surrounding them,” Nikolyn says. “Texas has flourished under their leadership, and we owe them a great debt of gratitude.”

In 1980, the Advisor of the Year Award was introduced to recognize the tremendous contributions of junior Angus association advisors. Any junior Angus association advisors may be nominated for the award by sending in a letter of nomination.

For more news and information from the 2013 NJAS, visit to find contest results, awards, scholarships and show photos. Backdrop and candid photos are available for purchase online. Coverage is available on the NJAA Facebook page, as well.

Also, plan to tune in to a special NJAS episode of The Angus Report at 7:30 a.m. (central) Monday, July 22 on RFD-TV.