The Alabama Angus Association unanimously endorses Robert (Rob) E. Adams, Jr. for the American Angus Association Board of Directors.
Adams has been a lifelong resident of Union Springs, Ala., where his grandfather established their current farm in 1936 and bought the first Angus cattle in 1939. The only time he has lived away from the farm is the four years he spent at Auburn University earning his bachelor’s degree in animal and dairy science.
Having purchased his first Angus cow at age 8, he has been involved in the day-to-day operation ever since. The farm has transitioned over the last 40 years from a diverse cattle and row-crop farm to now only registered Angus cattle (calving about 225 cows and heifers) and timber on the 925-acre farm. They have an annual bull sale the first Saturday in January each year, and they host the Maternal Gems Female Sale the second Saturday in May.
After college Rob returned to the farm full-time for two years, but due the difficulties of the agricultural economy in the late ’70s-’80s, there just wasn’t room for two families on the farm at that time. Still living on the farm and working there every day, he chose to enter the world of finance and has been working as a financial advisor for the last 34 years. Now co-owning his own firm, Legacy Advisors, Inc., he works with small businesses and individuals in financial planning and investment management.
It’s Adams’ hope that he can use his experience on and off the farm to help give back to the American Angus Association through serving on the Board. He says the Angus world has given him so much to him over a lifetime, that he just wants to give back some of his time and experience to an organization that has given so much to him. The American Angus Association is a service organization, and he hopes to use his experience from the farm and from being in the service industry to help guide the Association going forward. The American Angus Association means different things to different people, but that’s OK, as Adams feels that we are blessed as an organization to have tremendous diversity within our ranks. The American Angus Association needs to build on that as it grows and expands its services.
Adams is married to his wife of 28 years, Connie, and they have four children. The kids grew up active in the Alabama junior Angus program and showed at many local shows, but also attended five junior nationals and one Eastern Regional Show.
Their oldest son, Daniel, and his wife, Jessie, live back on the farm now and Daniel works full time as the farm’s operations manager. Their next son, Joseph, is an electrical engineer in Huntsville. Their twin daughters, Aspen and Layton, are sophomores at the University of Mobile where they are on scholarship playing both indoor and beach volleyball.
Rob has always been active in leadership, whether it was through his involvement in the Student Government Association (SGA) at Auburn University serving as vice president of the College of Agriculture and ag senator, or as president of Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity.
After college he served as executive secretary for the Alabama Angus Association for three years, and then served as president in 1998. He went on to serve on the Alabama Beef Cattle Improvement Association (BCIA) board and as president in 2001. Later he was a founding board member of the BCIA Foundation and served as president 2016-2020. He has served on the local county cattlemen’s association and Farmers Federation boards for many years. In addition he has served as a deacon at his church for many years and as deacon chairman for multiple terms.
Rob says after many years attending the American Angus Association Annual Meeting as a delegate, it would be a great honor to have the opportunity to serve on the American Angus Association Board of Directors and spend time working for such a great, visionary organization. Therefore, he humbly asks for your consideration when you choose to vote for the next set of board members.