Al In The Family (A Tribute)

Al Strohmaier 2It was 30 years ago that a young guy joined our advertising sales force, covering the Great Lakes Territory. My first impression was favorable — rugged good looks, nice smile, firm handshake, look you straight in the eye. His credentials were equally good — grew up on a wheat farm in Washington State, worked for The McGregor Co. driving a spray rig, then moved to Cleveland, OH, and started selling products for heavy equipment manufacturer Caterpillar.

He should do well, I thought. And wow, has he ever! From regional advertising manager to publisher to group publisher of the CropLife and U.S. Cotton Group — not to mention serving a term as president of one of the ag industry’s most respected organizations, the Mid America Croplife Association (MACA). His customers look at him as a friend — someone they know have their best interests at heart, both professional and personal.

Favorite Memories

But enough with the business accolades. Let’s talk about Al Strohmaier, the Al in the Meister Family.

Did you know he:

  • Plays a mean guitar. Likes to host sessions in the “Silver Lounge” in his basement.Al Strohmaier 1
  • Used to compete regularly in karoke contests? He’s a good, bordering- on-great singer, especially Elvis. So good, in fact that when he got called on stage at the Opryland Hotel in Nashville, TN, during a MACA meeting, he blew by the band’s lead singer and Elvis impersonator, who was none too happy.
  • Loves horses (has four of them), English setters (also numbering four) and is happiest puttering around the barn or riding a trail in the MetroPark?
  • Loves to play jokes on fellow employees. One of his favorites is sticking out his left hand when being introduced to a new hire, his right arm stiff, hand twisted into a claw. But he’s the first to recognize a job well done, like sending congratulatory e-mails and cc’ing the whole company so achievements aren’t overlooked.
  • Is a pretty good cartoonist (check out the best of IRON WORKS), loves to “doctor” covers of our magazines once they’re in print. He’s got a drawer chockfull of them, some he’s shared with the cover personalities but most just poking fun.

And most importantly, know that he’s a beloved colleague and friend who will always be our “Al in the Family.”

Leave a Reply

6 comments on “Al In The Family (A Tribute)

  1. During my seven years with Meister Media Worldwide, parent company of CropLife, I have worked side-by-side with Al in good times and bad (mostly good!), always impressed by his market knowledge, business and marketing savvy, and his inspiring leadership. I, this company, the many people whose lives he touched in this industry will miss him very much.

  2. Many, many congratulations, Al… All the best for a happy, healthy retirement.

    David Jones (formerly of COTTON GROWER)

  3. Well said – I will miss him as will MACA. He is a wonderful person who made us better. Hope he can enjoy the change of pace!

  4. Proud to say I knew and worked with you before you started your career with Meister and have followed your progress ever since. Congratulations and best wishes in your well earned retirement Al. Steve Watts

  5. Congratulations, Al! I remember when you were the regional sales manager for Memphis – I was a young ag field editor. You would come down and we would play tennis and spend Thursday evenings on the roof of the Peabody. So glad you are retiring! Come see us if you get to wine country.

Opinion Stories

Corn Field
Eric SfiligojFacing Ag Industry Challenges
September 26, 2016
At the 2016 annual Mid America CropLife Association (MACA) meeting in September, a pair of crop protection company representatives discussed Read More
Potash Agrium
Eric SfiligojBig Fertilizer Merger In The Works
September 12, 2016
If you are a fan of consolidation in agriculture, 2016 has been a banner year so far. Not only are Read More
Osage Co-op Elevator Osage, IA Finished Building
OpinionAre We Crazy?
September 8, 2016
At some point in the first few months of my employment here at CropLife® magazine, I started getting curious about Read More
Eric SfiligojThis Column Is Terrible
September 6, 2016
Does the negative always trump the positive in getting a reader’s attention? It would seem so based upon the evidence. Read More
Trending Articles
Corn Field
Eric SfiligojFacing Ag Industry Challenges
September 26, 2016
At the 2016 annual Mid America CropLife Association (MACA) meeting in September, a pair of crop protection company representatives discussed Read More
Bayer Monsanto
Crop InputsBayer-Monsanto Mega-Merger: 6 Things You Need To Know
September 14, 2016
Mega mergers have become almost routine in the agricultural industry. Right on the heels of Monday’s news that fertilizer giants Potash Read More
Potash Corp Agrium
Crop InputsAgrium, Potash Corp To Merge To Create $36 Billion Company
September 12, 2016
Canada’s Agrium Inc. and Potash Corp of Saskatchewan Inc. have agreed to combine in a deal that would create a Read More
Osage Co-op Elevator Osage, IA Finished Building
OpinionAre We Crazy?
September 8, 2016
At some point in the first few months of my employment here at CropLife® magazine, I started getting curious about Read More
ManagementMAGIE 2016 Highlights and Deere Anti-Trust
September 1, 2016
CropLife Editor Eric Sfiligoj discusses the recent Midwest AG Industries Exposition and the Department of Justice’s objection to John Deere Read More
ASMARK 2016 Retailers Live! Tour - CPS
CropLife 100CPS Acquires Texas Retail Operation
August 23, 2016
Crop Production Services (CPS) has acquired the assets of Larry’s Chemical and Spray, Inc., for an undisclosed amount in an Read More
Latest News
Corn Field
Industry NewsMarrone Bio Innovations’ SVP And Chief Sustainability O…
September 29, 2016
Marrone Bio Innovations, Inc., a leading provider of effective and environmentally responsible pest management and plant health products, announced today Read More
Young Corn Field
StewardshipStudy: Ohio Farmers Doing ‘A Good Job Of Managing…
September 27, 2016
Leaders from Ohio’s largest grain farming organizations announced today that Ohio farmers are doing their part in effectively managing phosphorus Read More
Growmark FS Outlet
Industry NewsGROWMARK To Purchase Suncor’s Share Of UPI
September 26, 2016
GROWMARK and Suncor have reached an agreement in which GROWMARK will purchase Suncor’s 50% interest in UPI, Inc. in Ontario, Read More
Corn Field
Eric SfiligojFacing Ag Industry Challenges
September 26, 2016
At the 2016 annual Mid America CropLife Association (MACA) meeting in September, a pair of crop protection company representatives discussed Read More
Syngenta Seedcare Institute
Seed/BiotechSyngenta Opens New North America Seedcare Institute In …
September 23, 2016
Syngenta unveiled its new Seedcare Institute in Stanton, MN, during a recent grand opening celebration. More than 150 industry leaders, Read More
StewardshipMonsanto Invests $1.6 Million In System To Quantify Gre…
September 23, 2016
The USDA – Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA-NRCS) recently awarded the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) and its Soil Health Read More
Pipe rack
LegislationCourt Sides With Ag Retailers On PSM
September 23, 2016
The D.C. Court of Appeals has ruled the Occupational Safety and Health Administration violated the Occupational Safety and Health Act when Read More
ManagementPacific Coast Fertilizer Announces Interest In Longview…
September 22, 2016
Pacific Coast Fertilizer LP (PCF) announced at the Cowlitz Economic Development Council board of directors meeting its interest in developing Read More
Young corn plants in soil
UncategorizedCool Planet Raises Additional $9 Million To Commerciali…
September 22, 2016
Cool Planet has announced the first close of a new financing round to commercialize the company’s Cool Terra Engineered Biocarbon Read More
Crop InputsJim Loar Promoted To President And CEO Of Cool Planet
September 22, 2016
In a move that reflects and reinforces the company’s commitment to the agricultural market, the Cool Planet board of directors Read More
BlendersNorth Dakota Coop Debuts Dry Fertilizer Plant
September 22, 2016
North Central Grain Cooperative has begun operations at a new dry fertilizer plant at its Rolla, ND, site. It is Read More
Crop InputsMonsanto, Bayer Officials Defend Proposed $66 Billion M…
September 21, 2016
Top officials for Monsanto and Bayer defended their proposed $66 billion merger before skeptical senators on Tuesday, insisting that the Read More
ManagementUpcoming Shows & Recent Events
September 19, 2016
Editors Paul Schrimpf and Eric Sfiligoj talk about upcoming trade shows and events and review the Mid America CropLife Association Read More
Industry NewsVerdesian Life Sciences Appoints New CEO
September 19, 2016
Verdesian Life Sciences, a plant health and nutrition company, today announced that its board of directors has named Kenneth M. Avery Read More
Corn
Crop InputsEPA Settles With Syngenta For Alleged Multi-Regional Pe…
September 19, 2016
The U.S. EPA has announced a multi-region settlement with Syngenta Crop Protection, LLC (Syngenta) in Greensboro, NC, for alleged violations of Read More
ManagementMerger Mania
September 16, 2016
Editors Paul Schrimpf and Eric Sfiligoj discuss this week’s mega-ag mergers of Bayer and Monsanto and Potash and Agrium. Read More
Monsanto sign
Crop InputsMonsanto Ends Up Being A Bargain For Bayer
September 16, 2016
History will say Bayer got a bargain in its $66 billion purchase of Monsanto, writes David Nicklaus, St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The Read More
Greg Musson, Gar Tootelian
CropLife 100California Ag Retailer Steps Up To Feed Families Affect…
September 16, 2016
GAR Tootelian, Inc. (GAR) in Reedley, CA, is challenging the Central Valley to help raise enough money and provide 525,000 meals Read More