Board of Directors
Bill Broadie, Chairman
Bill Broadie is a fourth generation cattleman. He graduated from Ashland High School in 1966. Served with the U.S. Marines from 1966 to 1968. He graduated from Fort Hays University in 1971, at that time he came back to Ashland and ran a stocker operation. For the last 18 years he has been a representative for Superior Livestock Auction.
Larry Bilberry, Jr. Vice Chairman
Larry S. Bilberry was born and raised in west Texas on a cattle/cotton farm, but now calls Garden City, Kansas home. He graduated from Post High School and attended South Plains Junior College before coming north to Kansas to pursue a career in the cattle feeding industry. Larry recently retired from Garden City Feed Yard after seventeen years as manager where he had the honor to see the feed yard grow from 25,000 head to 90,000 head capacity. Cattle operations in Texas, Missouri, and Kansas now keep Larry busy. Larry is married to Ann and they have three children. Rusty recently graduated from Fort Hays State University with a degree in Chemistry. Daughters Lindy and Sara are excellent students as well as outstanding cowgirls. Besides enjoying family, Larry enjoys church, music, and roping. Larry became involved with AABB because he loves God, Church, Country, and Family and although he may not agree with military action all of the time he does support our men and women in the military 100% of the time. If AABB can reach only one soldier and say thanks then we have succeeded.
Jim Odle, Board Member
Jim has been involved in livestock marketing most of his adult life. He started as an auctioneer in 1962, owning his own sale barn. In the late seventy’s Jim was one of the pioneers in video marketing. In 1987 he was the co-founder of Superior Livestock Auction (SLA). He was the general manager of SLA until June of 2007. Since that time he has become active in televising Cowboy Church around the country.
Cathy Blair, Secretary & Treasure
Cathy Blair was raised on a farm in south central Iowa, graduating from Mormon Trail High School in Humeston, Iowa. She and her husband, Kenny, background cattle on their farm in rural Clarke County Iowa. They have four daughters, Amanda, Amelia, Alicia and Alexxa. Cathy is a Certified Public Accountant with her own practice in Osceola, Iowa and has always been passionate about agriculture. Traveling with the All American Beef Battalion is truly important to her and she serves as Secretary/Treasurer, bringing experience as a CPA. Having many friends and family who have served in the military brings a passion for recognizing their sacrifices and those of their families.
Kevin Hathaway, Member
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Jon Fort, Sr. Vice Chairman
Jon Fort is a Southwest Kansas native and graduate of both Ulysses High School and Fort Hayes State University, where he obtained a degree in Agriculture and met his wife of forty years, Patsy. They moved to the family farm, between Ulysses and Garden City, where they lived and farmed for several years. Jon and Patsy were truly living the dream farming and working with his family while growing theirs with the addition of their son, Devan and daughter, Amber. Farming for nearly a decade, Jon transitioned from farming to establishing a prominent real estate firm. The Forts moved to Garden City where Jon pursued his real estate and broker license and shortly after started his own business, ARC Real Estate. Jon never lost site of his passion for agriculture and incorporated it into his new path. Moving to Garden City was a tough decision, but as Jon always does, he made the best of it. He now owns an extremely successful real estate business in Garden City and has for nearly 30 years.
Throughout the years Jon has been very generous with his time and has volunteered for many community and state programs. Jon rarely turns anyone down when they need something. He currently serves on a variety of Boards at the State level for the Kansas Real Estate Association. For several years he volunteered for the Finney County Rodeo committee where he served as president and received the John Justin Award. Jon currently devotes his time to the All American Beef Battalion helping with planning, organizing and producing steak meals for troops and their families. This organization hits close to home for Jon, as his youngest brother served in the Marines during Dessert Storm. Jon’s generosity and patriotism is contagious in the fact that he now has several friends and family members who serve along side him at many of the troop feeds.
Mike Arnold, Member
Mike was born in Waco, Texas but moved to Columbus, Texas at the age of 9 where he still lives today. His paternal grandparents were in the sand and gravel business and his maternal grandparents were farmers. While he enjoyed much success in the sand and gravel business, his heart was always drawn to agriculture, especially cattle and “all that that entails”. He enjoyed a rather storied rodeo career riding bucking bulls until it was cut short by a spinal injury. He then began focusing on his several companies – sand and gravel, trucking and cattle ranching as well as having been a representative for more than 25 years for Superior Livestock Auction. Throughout it all, he has always supported our military and was very honored to be asked to serve as a director for the All American Beef Battalion.
Craig Mock, Member
Craig Mock is the General Manager of United Telephone Associaition, Inc.; United Communications Association, Inc.; and United Wireless Communications Inc. The United group of companies provides telephone service, cable television, fixed and mobile internet access and PCS service to customers in southwestern Kansas. Mr. Mock joined United Telephone in 1984 and has served as Manager since 1994. He graduated from St. Mary of the Plains in Dodge City, KS with a BS degree in Business Administration. Mr. Mock resides in Dodge City with his wife and two children.