The Nebraska Brand Committee has announced the selection of William (Bill) Bunce as it new Executive Director. Bunce will fill the vacancy created by the resignation of past Executive Director Shawn Harvey. The selection was made after a nationwide search and selection process with the assistance of the Nebraska Department of Agriculture.
“We are very pleased to announce Bill’s hiring,” reported Jerry Kuenning, Nebraska Brand Committee Chair. “He will bring a great level of leadership and knowledge to the Nebraska Brand Committee. His previous experiences will prove instrumental in not only implementing the technology program that is in development but also in working with state government. This will be a great fit for the Committee and the beef producers that we represent.”
Bunce’s resume includes over 25 years of involvement in the livestock industry. A graduate in Animal Science of the University of Missouri, he has served as the Vice President of the American Polled Hereford Association, Director of Advertising & Editorial Consultant for the Quarter Horse Racing Journal, Director of Agri-Business & International Marketing for the State of Wyoming, Superintendent of Ranch Operations for True Companies, and currently as the Governor appointed Executive Director of the New Mexico Livestock Board.
Bunce, who will begin his new duties on January 1, 2017, will oversee the $4.7 million annual budget and the 100 employees of the Nebraska Brand Committee while serving as the chief brand inspector, chief brand investigator and Brand Committee head.
The Nebraska Brand Committee was created by the Legislature in 1941 to inspect cattle and investigate missing and/or stolen cattle. It is a self-supporting cash fund agency. Its operating funds come solely from fees collected for brand recordings, brand inspections and registered feedyards.