lsc alumnus john rozum awarded nama 2012 professional development award of excellence

The National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA) awarded Life Sciences Communication alumnus, John Rozum, one of its four prestigious 2012 Professional Development Awards of Excellence.

The award is given out on the basis of “outstanding achievement in each of the professional development areas: marketing communications, product/species management, public relations, and sales,” according to the National NAMA website.

Rozum graduated from UW-Madison in 1995 with a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Journalism and Poultry Science.  He is currently the Vice President of the Badger NAMA Chapter and also serves on the programming committee, which he said works to organize chapter meetings, programs, and events.

“This award is very special to me and was completely unexpected,” said Rozum.  “It meant even more to me since I was recognized on stage with current National NAMA president, Beth Burgy, who was my former marketing team teammate at UW.”

Rozum also elaborated on what NAMA has meant to him since those early years at the university.

“NAMA has been a part of my life since I was a student on the marketing team.  There’s no other group that offers networking opportunities specifically for ag-marketers at all levels.  It is a very unique group.”

Currently, Rozum is very busy with World Dairy Expo officially starting this week.  He works as the Sales Manager for the largest dairy industry event in the world, including 850 exhibiting companies from 29 countries, 2,500 head of dairy cattle, and over 65,000 attendees from around the globe.

The event, hosted at the Alliant Energy Center, runs from October 2-6.  If you see John there, make sure to stop him and congratulate him on his achievement!