Gazda Honored by Livestock Marketeers
Long-standing American Angus Association regional manager inducted into the Livestock Marketeers Hall of Fame.
David Gazda, American Angus Association director of field services and regional manager, was inducted into the Livestock Marketeers Hall of Fame June 15.
The Livestock Marketeers, an informal fraternity of livestock fieldmen, auctioneers, sale managers and related livestock business leaders, recognized Gazda at their 56th Annual Banquet in Saint Joseph, Mo.
Gazda began his career with the Association in 1988 as regional manager serving Georgia, Florida, North Carolina and South Carolina. As territories have been restructured, Gazda has also worked with Angus breeders in Alabama and Mississippi. In 2016, he was named director of field services, managing the Association’s 12 other regional managers.
As a regional manager, David has helped junior organizations in Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina host six Eastern Regionals Junior Angus Shows as well as two National Junior Angus Shows (NJAS) in Georgia. He also managed the National Western Stock Show (NWSS) Angus Bull Sale from 2005-2019.
Gazda and his father purchased their first Angus cows when he graduated high school. Prior to his current role, he managed a three-species unit at Stephen F. Austin State University as his wife, Carolyn, finished her master’s degree at the same college. The Gazdas later took positions at Quercus Farms in Gay, Ga.
Gazda resides in Athens, Ga., and today he still covers Florida, Georgia and South Carolina.
The Gazdas raised two daughters, Katie and Taylor, in the Angus breed. They also have one grandson, David Hudson Stipe.