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William “Bill” C. Lester, a member of AGP’s original executive management team, will be inducted into the Iowa Co-op Hall of Fame at the upcoming Annual Meeting of the Iowa Institute for Cooperatives in Ames, IA. Bill had over 30 years of successful and diversified experience in the cooperative and agricultural industry, including time as General Manager of Boone Valley Cooperative Processing Association, where he played an instrumental role in the planning, formation, and startup of AGP.
“Bill’s leadership abilities and commitment to quality and service to all of the cooperative members was a hallmark of his success at various leadership roles at Iowa cooperatives,” said Brad Davis, General Manager, Gold-Eagle Cooperative, Goldfield, IA and AGP Board Chairman. “However, what distinguishes Bill’s career was his involvement in the formation of AGP.”
Davis noted that Bill’s confidence and unwavering faith in the cooperative system and the support he asked for and received from the local cooperatives who owned Boone Valley were vital to a consolidation plan that resulted in the formation of AGP. “For more than three decades, AGP’s track record of cash returned and member equity created has contributed enormously to the success of the Iowa cooperative system and will continue to do so for quite some time,” added Davis.
“Being inducted into the Institute’s Hall of Fame is a great honor and is reserved for those who have made remarkable contributions to the Iowa cooperative system,” said Keith Spackler, AGP’s Chief Executive Officer. “Bill Lester represents all that is special about cooperative values and spirit. His vision, leadership, commitment, and passion for the cooperative system have indeed provided extraordinary long-term contributions to cooperatives across the state as well as the nation. Bill is a true cooperative leader.”