As outlined in OABA’s bylaws, OABA Honorary Membership is awarded to individuals who have demonstrated exemplary service to the agribusiness industry or OABA. Honorary Membership is intended for individuals who are nearing the end of their professional careers. OABA members are encouraged to nominate deserving individuals for this honor.
Honorary Members are listed in the annual OABA Membership Directory and are granted a Retired Membership upon their retirement, guaranteeing continued access to OABA event pricing and member communications.
While not included on the list below, all past OABA Board Chairs are recognized as Honorary Members.
|*Charles Abbot, Reynoldsburg, OH||Howard N. Lafever, Wooster, OH|
|*G. N. Arnold, Columbus, OH||*Seth Light, Green Springs, OH|
|*Wally Barr, Amanda, OH||*G. F. (Salty) Martin, Dayton, OH|
|*John D. Barringer, Reynoldsburg, OH||*Harold Martin, Worthington, OH|
|*Gene Beaston, Frostproof, FL||*Virgil McNamee, Toledo, OH|
|*Bill Blair, Circleville, OH||*Carl E. Mehling, Delaware, OH|
|*Charles Bostleman, Greenville, OH||*Donald M. Mennel, Fostoria, OH|
|*L. G. Brubaker, Marysville, OH||*Bob Miller, Cincinnati, OH|
|*Edwin C. Button, Euclid, OH||Frank Miller, IV, Sarasota, FL|
|*John Byerly, Mechanicsburg, OH||*Theodore A. Miller, Richwood, OH|
|Clifford E. Byers, Saint Marys, OH||*C. B. Mills, Marysville, OH|
|*Ross Castle, Akron, OH||*Howard Moore, Hohenwald, TN|
|*James Cotsamire, Bucyrus, OH||*Richard W. Moore, Columbus, OH|
|*Bill Ellis, Tiffin, OH||Bobby Moser, Ph.D., Columbus, OH|
|*Art Fishbaugh, Celina, OH||*Joe C. Oliger, Akron, OH|
|*Dale Friday, Worthington, OH||Carl Patzer, Grove City, OH|
|George Greenleaf, Westerville, OH||*Harold Porter, Columbus, OH|
|*Hal H. Hammel, Hamilton, OH||Albert R. Pugh, Bloomery, WV|
|Ralph Hanneman, Ashtabula, OH||*Max Scarff, New Carlisle, OH|
|*Charles Hendrix, Sharpsville, IN||*Joe Seabold, Bluffton, IN|
|Dale Hirschfeld, DeGraff, OH||*John W. Sharp, Pawleys Island, SC|
|*T. L. Irmen, Maumee, OH||Skip Sisinger, Delphos, OH|
|*Blair Janson, Columbus, OH||*John M. Stackhouse, Monroeville, OH|
|*William Jeffers, Akron, OH||*Edward W. Stroube, Columbus, OH|
|*Vince Kahle, Woodville, OH||Robert J. Sunderman, Norwalk, OH|
|John Keller, Greenville, OH||*Myles W. Turner, Columbus, OH|
|*Gary King, CAE (ret.), Leesburg, FL||*George H. Walker, Mount Sterling, OH|
|*Bob Knierieman, Green Springs, OH||Daniel Walski, Woodville, OH|
|*Robert Knight, West Jefferson, OH||*James D. Westfall, Marysville, OH|
|*Roy Kottman, Columbus, OH||*C. J. Willard, Columbus, OH|
|*Ralph Kunze, Columbus, OH|
How to Nominate
Nominations must be submitted by July 30 to be considered for the coming year. The Membership Committee will review nominations and select individuals to be approved by the OABA Board of Directors. Selected individuals will be recognized at the annual OABA Industry Conference.
Note: Honorary Membership is automatically granted to Ohio AgriBusiness Association Board Chairs upon the end of their officer term.