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UW College of Agriculture and Natural Resources honors Riverton native

Sep 6, 2013 - From staff reports

A Riverton native and the owner of a forest products company with headquarters in Hulett are this year's outstanding alumni award recipients from the University of Wyoming College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

Doug Stark, of Riverton, and Jim Neiman will receive the alumni awards during Ag Appreciation Weekend Sept. 13-14 at UW.

Stark received his bachelor's degree in agricultural business in 1980 and then joined Farm Credit Services of America. He became president and CEO in 2005. Stark oversees a loan portfolio of more than $18.5 billion with 60,000 producers. FCSAmerica serves Wyoming, Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota.

A particular passion is leadership, and he collaborates with Frank Galey, dean of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, in a leadership class each year at UW.

"It's a passion I have," he said. "One of the essences of being an effective leader is inspiring a shared vision. It's really about getting people to care. Leading is not about a title or position -- it's about action and purpose that really can apply anywhere in any business and in any line or career line of business."

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