November 1, 2013


Application Deadline: 11/1/13; Sessions: 1/7-1/10/14 & 2/18-2/21/14

Columbus and Toledo

Did you know that more than half of our workforce in agribusiness will retire in the next 15 years?

That means top-level leadership will also retire, resulting in a void of leadership talent. The Ohio AgriBusiness Association has recognized this challenge and will again offer a robust leadership development training program – Leaders Achieving Unexpected New Career Heights, or LAUNCH – to help fill the void, and ultimately to help ensure a bright future for Ohio’s agribusinesses.

OABA is looking for 25-30 aspiring leaders to participate in the 2014 LAUNCH class. Participants who are selected through the application process are expected to attend two four-day sessions on the following dates:

  • January 7-10, 2014 – Columbus Area
  • February 18-21, 2014 – Toledo Area 

Current Leadership:
If you have a rising star in your organization who would benefit from a robust leadership training opportunity, sponsor their application by November 1, 2013.

Ambitious, Emerging Leaders:
Talk with your supervisor and apply by November 1, 2013 to be considered for this year’s class.

What are 203 participants saying about LAUNCH?
“The LAUNCH program provides a valuable venue for developing the young leaders of agribusiness in Ohio. During LAUNCH, I learned with colleagues from all over the state whose careers in agriculture had a different focus. The professional growth and networking accomplished through LAUNCH will yield benefits for our industry for many years to come.”
      - Scott Crowder, CFO, Central Ohio Farmers Co-op

“The LAUNCH program helped me to meet and learn from other leaders in Ohio agriculture. I became a better manager, leader and person because of LAUNCH. I’m confident I can better serve Ohio agribusinesses thanks to this program."
      - Jill Boyd, sales and project manager, Morral Companies, LLC

"While traveling on a business trip, I got to talking with a couple people and discovered that we had a mutual connection, a fellow LAUNCH classmate. Before the end of my trip, my classmate's dad, and owner of Alpha Green Supreme, came and introduced himself to me. Like I always say, 'Huge industry, small community.' LAUNCH made this connection possible."
      - Nathan Louiso, regional sales manager, AgriGold

To see the full inaugural list of 2013 LAUNCH graduates, click here.


The program curriculum will include skill-building in the following areas:

  • Personal Insights and Diversity in Thinking Styles
  • Management Skills and Decision Making
  • Communication and Presentation Skills
  • Global Issues in Agriculture
  • Sales and Marketing Principles
  • Ohio/Regional Trends in Agribusiness
  • State and Local Government
  • Strategic Planning, Goal Setting and Organizational Skills
  • Capstone Project


OABA will invoice each applicant’s organization for the one-time participation fee of $2,900 upon selection. This registration fee covers costs relating to both sessions, including hotel accommodations and meals.


Application/Registration Process:
Registration for this event is different than most OABA training opportunities. Those interested in participating will need to go through the following short application process.

  1. Applicants must work for a member organization/company of the Ohio AgriBusiness Association.
  2. Aspiring leaders will need to talk with their supervisor and/or company leadership to determine if the interested individual has approval to commit to the program.
  3. Individuals must fully complete an official application, which includes a letter of recommendation.
  4. Applicants and their supervisors and/or company leadership must sign a letter of commitment to the two sessions.
  5. Applicants must email a head shot photo to by November. 1, 2013.
  6. Applicants must mail the completed application – which must be postmarked by November 1, 2013 – to:

Ohio AgriBusiness Association
Angela Davis-Haines  
5151 Reed Road, Suite 126-C
Columbus, OH 43220


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