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two Vice Chairs for one-year terms. Consistent
with the NCIS Bylaws, an officer is prohibited
from occupying the same office for more than
two consecutive terms, thus it is customary for
the elected officers to serve for two, one-year
terms. Together with the NCIS President and the
immediate past Chair of the Board, the Chair and
the two Vice Chairs make up the membership of
the NCIS Executive Committee. The Executive
Committee for 2020 includes Kendall Jones,
Chair; Michael Smith, ARMtech Insurance, Vice
Chairman; Tim Weber, Great American Insurance Group, Second Vice Chairman; and, Jim
Korin, Immediate Past Chairman.
"There continue to be challenges [for the industry] and I look forward to sitting on the Executive Committee and the Board to further our
accomplishments," Jim said. "I feel our board is
in good hands and congratulate Kendall on her
role as our new chair. The industry will continue
to be well-served."
Kendall will be the first female Chair in the
history of the Association, and she looks forward
to other women in the industry seeking out leadership roles.
"I normally don't stress that I'm 'female' but,
in this leadership situation, it is essential for the
rest of the women in the industry to hear," said
Kendall. "I hope many have aspirations to run
committees, companies, and agencies."
Kendall began her crop insurance career
in 1995 in the finance and underwriting. After
joining ProAg in 2006, she served first as executive vice president and COO then as the president and chief executive officer at ProAg since
July of 2017.
Throughout her career she has been responsible for Standard Reinsurance Agreement
implementation and maintenance training, reinsurance, named peril and crop hail products,
underwriting procedures and controls, and the
day-to-day operations of the regional offices and
their support teams.
Kendall understands the vital role crop insurance has as the cornerstone of agricultural policy
by directly protecting America's food, fiber, and
fuel supply. She has several priorities for her twoyear term as Chair of the NCIS Board of Directors with the first being to collaborate more with
the entire coalition of those who support and
serve agriculture.
"RMA and AIPs regularly show why this
private sector/public partnership is so important," she said. "Disasters happen and we have

Kendall Jones, incoming NCIS Chair, thanks Jim Korin for his two years of service as Chairman of
the NCIS Board of Directors.

to help ensure stability in the industry."
It's not only weather disasters that challenge
America's farmers and ranchers and Kendall
sees the need for the industry's support of rural

Each year in conjunction with
the NCIS Annual Meeting,
the Board of Directors at its
organizational meeting elects
the Board Chair and two Vice
Chairs for one-year terms.

America as they navigate the pandemic crisis of
COVID-19.
"We need to support implementing services
and the products and processes that support
these changes," Kendall said. "We must also improve management of the program, regardless of
the conditions, to implement program changes
quickly, assist agents, and support farmers, all
while easing the burden on taxpayers."
Kendall also sees the benefits and need for
better technology to improve the program, not
just through efficiencies but the development of
better products and increased program integrity.
"Farmers compete globally, so their risk management tools need to support their business,"
she said. "Crop insurance decisions shouldn't be
what cause them to lose sleep."
Kendall is the sixteenth person to serve as
Chair of NCIS since its inception in 1989.
"We are excited about Kendall coming on as
NCIS Chair," Dr. Tom Zacharias, NCIS President said. "She is an active member of the NCIS
Board, and we look forward to her leadership."
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