Cattle Raisers Association names new CEO

Jason Skaggs 

The Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) announced Wednesday, April 19, a major staffing change with the expected retirement of current Executive Vice President and CEO Eldon White. Succeeding White will be TSCRA Executive Director of Government and Public Affairs Jason Skaggs.

White announced his planned retirement to the TSCRA Executive Committee during the 2018 Cattle Raisers Convention and Expo in late March. The release stated he will step aside on Sept. 1, but will continue to serve as executive vice president emeritus until his official retirement Dec. 31 in efforts to aid in a smooth transition.

“It has been a tremendous honor to be a part of this esteemed association, and while it is a difficult choice to retire, I know I leave TSCRA well positioned for continued success and in extremely capable hands,” White said in the release.

White has served as executive vice president and CEO since May 2007.

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“I cannot praise Eldon enough for the tremendous job he has done as the chief executive for our association,” TSCRA president Bobby McKnight said in the news release. “Eldon’s leadership has brought about very positive changes to TSCRA and his expertise has been beneficial for cattle raisers not just in Texas, but across the entire country.”

McKnight also praised White’s consistent increase in membership and financial stability which he says has left the association strongly positioned for the future, a future which will be overseen by Skaggs.

Skaggs will take over the position on the same day as White’s transition, Sept. 1, the release said. For the past decade, Skaggs has led the TSCRA Government and Public Affairs office located in Austin where he earned respect from legislators and others in the government affairs arena, as well as TSCRA members and leaders.

“Jason has been an instrumental part of TSCRA over the past 10 years and is absolutely the right choice for the job,” McKnight said in the release. “I am confident that his loyalty, dedication and extensive knowledge will help serve our association and the entire cattle industry well.”