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Western Illinois University alumnus and Case IH Senior Director of Global Product Marketing Management Gerry Salzman was recently recognized for his contributions to the agriculture industry during the U.S. Grains Council's 52nd Annual Board of Delegates Meeting. Salzman, pictured here at the USGC meeting, earned his bachelor's degree in agriculture economics from WIU in 1971.

Ag Alum Honored with U.S. Grains Council Lifetime Achievement

August 27, 2012


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MACOMB, IL – Western Illinois University alumnus and Case IH Senior Director of Global Product Marketing Management Gerry Salzman was recently recognized for his contributions to the agriculture industry during the U.S. Grains Council's 52nd Annual Board of Delegates Meeting, according to the USGC's website.

"[Gerry] was awarded the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award, recognizing his commitment to go above and beyond for the good of the organization," the USGC news release stated. "To date, there have been only six recipients and the Board of Directors is proud to have presented Salzman with this exclusive award." (see www.grains.org/index.php/2012-04-30-15-22-26/3866-salzman-receives-usgc-lifetime-achievement-award)

Salzman earned his bachelor's degree in agriculture economics from Western in 1971. During his time at WIU, he was active in the Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity. He was also a member of the Interfraternity Council and was awarded the Mr. Greek recognition in 1971. Salzman was active in the University Union Board; participated in the Student Government Association; and was a member of Blue Key.

"WIU prepared me for my career in agriculture in ways I would not have predicted at the time. I was very fortunate to have had some very dedicated professors in the agriculture program who always had time to help. That kind of dedication to their jobs seemed to affect the way I approached my career," Salzman noted. "Understanding what a customer needs starts with understanding his or her enterprise. Regardless of marketing, sales or working with an organization like the U.S. Grains Council, if you take the extra time with a customer and his or her enterprise, it will pay off for both of you."

In his 40 years with Case IH, Salzman has held positions in sales, marketing and product-development of combines, cotton pickers and sugar harvesting. Salzman noted these responsibilities grew from a territory level and to his current global assignment, and his career has also included marketing responsibilities in construction. Salzman is also a patent recipient.

Salzman also has served six years in the U.S. Army Reserves. He is a member of Alpha Gamma Rho (Brother of the Century Recognition) and Alpha Zeta fraternities and is a graduate of the Illinois Agricultural Leadership Program.

For more information, contact Paula Inda at Case New Holland at (262) 636-0447 or via email at paula.inda@cnh.com.

Posted By: Teresa Koltzenburg (TE-Koltzenburg@wiu.edu)
Office of University Relations