A Message From the President – January 2021

On behalf of the AAMP leadership and staff, I would like to wish you a very Happy New Year and thank you for your continued support and participation in our association. I’d also like to thank you once more for giving me the honor to serve as your president during these past two years. I’m grateful for the chance to work together with this extraordinary membership and helping to improve our industry as a whole.

The year 2020 challenged every aspect of our lives, both personally and professionally. Along with all the pandemic aftermath came a heartening focus on family, connection, and human interaction, and the hope of a vaccine and better days ahead. We met all the challenges head-on and never wavered. I’ve never been prouder to be a part of this industry.

Through it all, including the cancellation of the 2020 AAMP Convention, our association never relented. I would be remiss if I didn’t recognize the hard work of the AAMP staff in helping processors navigate the challenges of doing business in a pandemic. Ever-changing regulations and guidance created their fair share of trials and tribulations. They moved immediately to create a COVID-19 resource page on the AAMP website that includes tools and policies to help members navigate business during the pandemic. If you haven’t done so already, I encourage you to visit that page at www.aamp.com/coronavirusupdates/.

The Executive Committee will meet at AAMP headquarters in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania the week of January 25 to discuss goals and initiatives for the new year. I’m excited for the opportunity to work together again with this group of individuals. I can’t wait to share with our membership the great goals planned for the association.

One of the main events on the agenda for 2021 is AAMP’s annual convention. The 82nd American Convention of Meat Processors and Suppliers’ Exhibition is July 15-17 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. I hope to see everyone there and welcome the opportunity to celebrate our industry together in person with great meetings and fellowship events planned. Thank you to the Convention Planning Committee for all of their hard work in bringing the event together.

Communication is key to keeping our association alive, so please remember AAMP and its staff are at your disposal to connect and share information with other members. Our website has proven to be a valuable resource for many members, so we encourage you to make the most of it. Also, I advise you to follow AAMP on social media and stay on top of the news and participate and collaborate with our network of knowledge that is more active every day.

Once again, thank you for your support these past two years and my best wishes for a Happy New Year. Here’s to a bright, healthy, and prosperous 2021.

Rick Reams
AAMP President
Owner, RJ’s Meats
Hudson, WI