ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA, U.S. — U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) announced on July 19 the promotion of three associates to vice-president roles. Ian Flagg is regional vice-president for the organization’s European and Middle Eastern, North and Eastern Africa regions. Jennifer Sydney is vice-president of programs and planning, and Dalton Henry is now vice-president of policy. In addition, Shawn Campbell is promoted to deputy director, West Coast Office, and Jim Frahm becomes senior advisor. 

Flagg is based in USW’s regional office in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Sydney and Henry serve in the organization’s headquarters office in Arlington, Virginia, U.S. Campbell works in Portland, Oregon, U.S., and Frahm works part-time from his home in Charleston, South Carolina, U.S. 

“I have said many times how proud I am of the people who work at U.S. Wheat Associates,” said Alan Tracy, USW president. “These associates and the people who report to them are making a real and positive difference for USW and for the U.S. wheat farmers we represent. Their commitment to their jobs and promoting U.S. wheat is very strong and is clearly evident in the results of their work.”

Minnesota native Flagg first served USW as assistant director, West Coast Office, then as market analyst in the headquarters office, before accepting a position in 2009 as assistant director for the Middle East, East and North Africa (MEENA) region in Cairo. He was promoted to regional director in 2014 and moved to Casablanca, Morocco, then transferred again to Rotterdam in January 2016 to direct activities in MEENA and Europe.

Sydney directs the preparation and submission of USW’s annual Unified Export Strategy proposal to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS), manages FAS activity amendments, coordinates state funding and supervises USW programs staff. Sydney had similar responsibilities at the U.S. Grains Council in Washington, D.C., U.S, before joining USW in 2010. Henry has lead responsibility for coordinating the USW policy team’s efforts and managing relations with wheat value chain organizations. He joined USW in March 2015 after five years with Kansas Wheat as director of governmental affairs. 

As deputy director, West Coast Office, Campbell is responsible for liaison with the grain export trade and constituent state-level wheat commissions, hosting visiting trade delegations and additional support for headquarters and overseas office staff. Before joining USW in 2009, Campbell was an agricultural economist for an Alberta, Canada, feedlot. 

Frahm has been with USW since 1978, serving most recently as vice-president of planning. He coordinated long term strategy and program evaluations with and between USW's overseas offices and USDA FAS. As Senior Advisor, Frahm will continue to represent the organization on wheat quality and sanitary/phytosanitary issues and in other assignments. His first position with USW was in Rotterdam directing market development activities in Eastern Europe. He worked as a grain merchandiser for Continental Grain before joining USW.