A native of Wabaunsee County, Jerry was a member of the Livestock and Wool Judging teams, and a 1972 K-State Animal Sciences & Industry graduate. After graduation, Jerry worked for Hormel, entered the U.S. Army Officer Basic School, and then worked for Blackjack Feedyard. In 1975, he was hired by Cattle-Fax as a Market Analyst, and was Director of Market Analysis when he left in 1982 to join Pratt Feeders as Feed Yard Manager. Other feedyards were then acquired. Jerry was KLA President in 1997, on the NCBA Executive Committee, on the Cattlemen’s Beef Board, and served as Chair and Vice-Chair of several NCBA committees. Jerry has been very active in his community as a Deacon at the 1st Southern Baptist Church in Pratt, and past President of the Pratt Area Chamber of Commerce. He was in the Kansas National Guard 21 years and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel. He and his wife, Julie, are proud parents of three K-State graduates — Tara, Todd and Tessa.