David "Chip" Kemp, an instructor for the Division of Animal Science at the University of Missouri (MU), has accepted a position as Director of Member and Industry Relations for the American Simmental Association (ASA). He will assume his ASA duties on November 2. 

"I'm tremendously excited to join the ASA team," says Mr. Kemp. "I look forward to working alongside a wide variety of folks to promote our breed and to continue to grow the Simmental footprint on our industry." 

He brings to ASA a diverse background ranging from selling insurance to working for the IBP (presently Tyson). As Director of Member and Industry Relations, Kemp will work within public relations to support and promote ASA membership services, assist in programs designed to educate and encourage the integration of technology, work with ASA's Progress Through Performance program, along with many other responsibilities. 

"People with Chip's talents and experience are exceedingly rare. We feel very privileged to have the opportunity to add such a high-caliber employee to our team." says Wade Shafer, ASA Executive Vice President. 

At MU, Kemp coached Livestock Judging teams alongside various teaching responsibilities, including the coordination of the Animal Science Internship Program. During his tenure at Missouri, Kemp was the recipient of the state Department of Agriculture Livestock Leadership Award, the university's CAFNR Outstanding Advisor Award, and the Outstanding Educator Award, among others. 

Kemp graduated from the MU with a Masters of Science in Animal Science in 2001. Previously, Kemp had worked in beef merchandising for IBP Inc. in Amarillo, TX, and as an instructor and manager of Muscle Foods Laboratory, a part of MU's Division of Food Sciences. As a youth, he worked on Gerloff Farms, an Angus seedstock operation, and is still associated with that operation. 

The American Simmental Association is headquartered in Bozeman, and maintains the breed registries for the Simmental and Simbrah breeds of cattle. ASA has an active adult and junior membership of nearly 5,000 and is a not-for-profit organization.