Agricultural retailers and distributors can sharpen their management, leadership, and decision-making skills at the 2010 Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA) Management Academy, set for Feb. 2-4 at Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN.
Led by award-winning Purdue instructors, participants will challenge their thinking on operations and logistics strategies, while also examining their company’s position within the industry using a profitability linkage model. They will also work on improving their strategic-thinking skills and implementing organizational leadership techniques that impact their ability to motivate and influence team members.
“Forward-thinking individuals from progressive-minded companies are investing the time and resources into leadership and management programs,” says Ron Ziggafoos, a manager for United Suppliers Inc. in Eldora, IA, and 2009 academy participant. “The ARA Management Academy is proof that both ARA and Purdue University recognize the current environment in agriculture and have the expertise to assist the industry in meeting current and future challenges.”
Purdue University’s Center for Food and Agricultural Business and ARA partner to deliver the management academy each year. More information about the academy, including an online registration form, is available here. ARA members receive a reduced registration fee.
The Center for Food and Agricultural Business, housed within the Department of Agricultural Economics at Purdue University, is a leader among educational providers in the food and agribusiness sectors. The center’s award-winning faculty and staff have designed and delivered professional development education since 1986.