The American Feed Industry Association named Cathy Bandyk, Ph.D., of Westway Feed Products LLC, and Ronny Moser, Ph.D., of JBS United, Inc., its Members of the Year during a ceremony at its Board of Directors dinner May 4, in Arlington, Va. Bandyk is known for her many accomplishments with AFIA's foundation, the Institute for Feed Education and Research, and Moser was a key component in informing AFIA membership of preventative measures concerning the porcine epidemic diarrhea virus.
The Member of the Year Award is presented to an AFIA member who exhibits the utmost support throughout the year to help the organization achieve its goals and objectives. With the exception of the 83 members on the Food Safety Modernization Act work group who received the 2014 Member of the Year Award, only 34 individuals prior have been honored.
Bandyk serves on IFEEDER's Board of Trustees and played an instrumental part in the realignment of IFEEDER's future to better benefit AFIA membership and the industry. She is an active member of the Liquid Feed Committee heading a major update of the committee's Liquid Feed Handbook and an educational PowerPoint to share with academia and the industry.
"At the 2015 Liquid Feed Symposium, Cathy presented a liquid feed historical timeline that featured six decades of industry and individual accomplishments," said AFIA President and CEO Joel G. Newman. "The timeline was a perfect portrayal of the successes and advancements liquid feed has undergone and the future it holds."
Bandyk is the technical sales and support manager at Westway Feed Products LLC, and was the former nutritionist/product manager at Quality Liquid Feeds for 13 years.
Moser serves on the Nutrition Committee, non-ruminant subcommittee and chaired the Animal Feed and Health Biosecurity Tack Force.
"In the task force, Ron spearheaded the creation of a biosecurity document that now serves the industry as a benchmark for disease spread prevention in feed and ingredient manufacturing facilities," said Richard Sellers, AFIA senior vice president of public policy and education.
"His efforts were crucial when directing next steps for AFIA members impacted by PEDV in 2014 and also when the poultry industry was affected by the highly pathogenic avian influenza in 2015," said Sellers.
Moser has 18 years of experience as a nutritionist in the feed industry and is the managing director of research innovation and technical service for JBS United, Inc.
Left to right: AFIA President and CEO Joel G. Newman, award recipient Cathy Bandyk, Ph.D., and AFIA Board of Directors Chairman Rob Sheffer.
Left to right: AFIA President and CEO Joel G. Newman, award recipient Ronny Moser, Ph.D., and AFIA Board of Directors Chairman Rob Sheffer.