2018 Master Builder Recipients Announced
Jack Annan (Colorado State 53)
Jack Annan and his wife, Florence, reside in Colorado and have two grown children, Bill (Colorado State 79) and Sherry.
Following his service in the military, Annan utilized his degree in vocational agriculture by starting the agriculture program at Prairie Junior-Senior High in New Raymer, Colo., while teaching science. He then moved schools to teach agriculture before returning to Colorado State to earn his master’s degree in education, which led him to join the agriculture faculty at Northeastern Junior College (NJC).
For more than 50 years, Annan has become an institution at NJC as an instructor, admissions counselor, recruiter and currently, executive director of the NJC Alumni Association.
Annan’s career in agriculture expanded into industry organizations, such as serving as the state coordinator, turned executive secretary, for Project 21—now known as the Colorado Young Farmers Educational Association Program.
He serves as a committed member of community organizations, has been awarded multiple citizenship, teaching and agriculture accolades, and was inducted into several Halls of Fame including: Colorado Vocational Association, Colorado Agriculture, NJC Agriculture and CSU Agriculture.
Louis J. Boyd (Kentucky 53)
Louis Boyd and his wife, Becky, reside in Watkinsville, Ga. As a graduate of University of Kentucky and finishing his education by obtaining a Ph.D. in reproductive physiology from University of Illinois, Louis Boyd accepted a faculty role at the University of Tennessee as a dairy science professor.
He was instrumental in the founding of Tennessee’s FarmHouse chapter before accepting a new role at Michigan State University.
After a year of sabbatical research in England, Boyd began his 42-year career at University of Georgia as the chair of the division of animal science, including six departments at three locations. During his tenure, Boyd, among many achievements, created the Eterna Fund, the Ag Alumni Association’s endowment that has provided more than $160,000 in scholarships, and established a swine production research program that attracted the USDA.
As a leader in the industry—even co-authoring the first Hoard’s Dairyman book—Boyd has received many awards and accolades. He was named a fellow of American Dairy Science Association (ADSA) and American Society for Animal Science (ASAS), served on several boards of directors including Coble Dairies, the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST), ADSA and ASAS and its Foundation. He also contributed his expertise in several capacities such as president of CAST, and the editorial board of the Professional Animal Scientist.
Boyd was one of the first awardees in the Hall of Distinguished Alumni of the College of Agriculture at the University of Kentucky and he has been inducted into the Georgia Agricultural Hall of Fame.
Sen. Cory Gardner (Colorado State 95)
Senator Gardner lives in his hometown of Yuma, Colo., with his wife, Jamie, and their three children: Alyson, Thatcher and Caitlyn.
As the first FarmHouse initiate to be elected as a United States Senator, Gardner began his career in policy after receiving his law degree from Colorado State.
After working at his family’s business and the National Corn Growers Association, Sen. Gardner was the legislative assistant for U.S. Senator Wayne Allard and quickly advanced to serve as his legislative director.
In 2005, Sen. Gardner entered the Colorado House of Representatives as minority whip and became known for his expertise in natural resources and agriculture. He was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010 and then to the Senate in 2015, where serves as a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resource Committee and chair of the Energy Subcommittee, among others.
Throughout his career, Sen. Gardner has kept his affiliation with the Fraternity close, speaking at the FarmHouse Stock Show Breakfast and hosting under-graduate members as interns in his U.S. Senate office.
Tom Kopacek (Minnesota 70)
Tom Kopacek and his wife, Sally, live outside Minnesota’s Twin Cities and have two children and three grandchildren.
After graduating with his degree in agricultural business administration, he began his career with CENEX in credit and financial services. Finishing his tenure as a director in 1986, Kopacek has since held several executive roles at Republic Acceptance Corporation, US Bank and M&I Bank. He currently serves as vice president and relationship manager at BMO Harris Bank.
Throughout his career, Kopacek has held leadership positions with several organizations including: the North Central Petroleum Credit Association, Twin Cities Agribusiness Credit and Finance Association and Best Prep, an organization that helps middle and high school students gain business skills and improve financial literacy.
In 1973, Kopacek received the Doane Award as a graduating senior from his chapter. His dedication to FarmHouse continued immediately after graduation, serving on the Minnesota FH Association board of directors as secretary and treasurer for nine years and a two-year term as president. He continued his service on the Fraternity’s National Execuitve Board for eight years, four of which he was president. He continues to remain involved as co-chair of the Foundation’s Chapter House Loan Program.
S. Warren Weibert (Kansas State 66)
Warren Weibert and his wife, Carol, live in Manhattan, Kan., and have two grown children, Chris (Kansas State 95) and Julie.
Growing up on his family’s farm, raising cattle became his passion. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in animal sciences and industry and working for six years in management for Southwestern Bell, Weibert returned to his roots and to manage a feed yard for his father-in-law in Oberlin, Kan., in 1977. Eventually he purchased the feed yard from his father-in-law, and successfully built the business to 40,000 head of cattle.
Throughout his career, Weibert pioneered the integration of electronic cattle identification with value-based marketing. He entered into a marketing alliance with Cargill Meat Solutions until his retirement and sale of the company in 2014. As a leader in the industry, Weibert served on the boards of several associations, including president of the Kansas Livestock Association, president of CattleFax, and regional vice president of the National Cattlemen’s Association, and still remains active today.
In 2006, he was recognized by Kansas State University’s (KSU) College of Agriculture as an Alumni Fellow. Because of his dedication to his alma mater, he has stayed involved through a variety of organizations and currently serves as a trustee of the KSU Foundation. He also is vice president of the Kansas 4-H Foundation. Since spring 2016, he has served as a chapter advisor for the Kansas State FH Chapter. Weibert is currently serving on the Kansas State FarmHouse Building Campaign.