Bill Newbry is the current CEO of Pacific Northwest Farmers Cooperative. His dedication, passion and investment in the agricultural community, makes him a deserving recipient of this award.
Bill grew up in Twin Falls, ID and graduated from Twin Falls High School in 1970. After graduating he joined the U.S. Army, where he served as an air traffic controller from 1972-1975. In 1975 he joined the Federal Aviation Administration, where he worked in Spokane.
In 1982, Bill received his Bachelor of Arts in business administration and marketing from Eastern Washington University. It was then in 1984 his cooperative career began, when he took a position with Genesee Union Warehouse Company, where he was central in the mergers and growth of PNW. His dedication lead to a promotion to merchandising manager in 1989, a position he held until his promotion to president and CEO of PNW in 1996.
Today, PNW is a 1400-member agricultural cooperative with a growing area of grains and pulses that spans over 70 facilities. PNW is also a leading exporter of pulses to over 40 countries world-wide. Through the years, Bill has continued to guide and grow PNW and build on the values and traditions of their family of farmers. From innovative specialty crops, to the dedication to provide the highest quality products, PNW is “anchored in tradition and reaching for the new frontier…” and Bill certainly has been instrumental in helping to achieve that.
For more information on Pacific Northwest Farmers Cooperative, visit: http://www.pnw.coop/