Meet Tracy Brunner, the upcoming point man for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. The fourth generation rancher of Cow Camp Ranch has a diversified cow-calf/feeder and farm operation in Ramona, Kansas, with his wife Yvonne. The couple have two kids, Tanner and Lauren, and their two-year-old twin grandchildren, Alex and Ava. During the 2015 Cattle Industry Convention in San Antonio, Texas, Brunner will transition into NCBA’s President-Elect leadership role, leading the association in 2016.

  1. Recall an “oops” moment that actually turned into a valuable lesson.

I have “oops” moments every day! The most common is when I say something that makes my wife mad – that turns into a learning lesson.

  1. Where was the best steak you ever had?

I once heard a Kansas beef producer say, “If you want a really good steak, cook it at home.” I’ve had a lot of good steaks, so it’d hard to single out the best. Hardly ever have a bad one, but some are better than others.

  1. What is the most extreme adrenaline pumping activity you have ever done? (This could be activities like bungee jumping, mountain biking, sky diving, riding a bull, or buying a really expensive bull.)

All of those things listed above are nothing compared to public speaking! That can be really nerve-racking.

  1. What do you listen to in the feed truck or during time on the road?

Depending where I am, during the business day I listen to ag radio stations. After hours it can vary between several different kinds of music. A lot of times I just turn everything off and think about things in silence.

  1. In 10 years, I will…

Be watching the next generation of our family continue our farming and ranching operation – hopefully by that point I will be transitioning into more of an advisory role. But in 10 years, I still intend to be riding horses, buying cattle and spending a lot of time with my grandchildren.