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AMERICAN ANGUS ASSN NAMES NEW DIRECTOR OF INFORMATION
Source: American Angus Association news release

The American Angus Association® has named Jason Kenyon its new director of information systems. Kenyon brings nearly 20 years experience in computer programming and management to the Association, which is constantly incorporating new technologies to improve service for its more than 25,000 members.

"Technology is always evolving and will not slow anytime soon," Kenyon says. "I look forward to the new opportunities that arise, and how we can apply those tools to help our members have everything they need at their fingertips - from cattle evaluation data to genetic test results."

Kenyon joined the Association in 2005, as an information systems team member to help overhaul the internal database system and organization websites to adapt to the latest technology. Since that time he has been involved in many other key initiatives, including the launch of the weekly National Cattle Evaluation, the Angus Mobile smartphone app and the programming power behind genetic data reporting from Angus Genetics Inc.

"The user-friendly tools our members enjoy today are thanks to dedicated professionals, like Jason, who understand how to integrate innovative technology into the cattle business," says Bryce Schumann, Association chief executive officer. "As these opportunities continue to grow, Angus programs and service will only be stronger."

Kenyon will lead the information systems team at the Association, and focus on enhancing both internal and external tools and applications to better serve Angus breeders and their customers. Looking long-term, he hopes to automate processes to achieve faster turn-around times, improve user experience online and evolve programming to meet member needs.

"When I first joined the Angus team, I was amazed at the amount of data we track and how we apply that information," Kenyon says. "It is on par with what I've seen in my previous career experiences, including healthcare, in terms of the amount of data and the complexity of the process."

Kenyon worked seven years with Western Auto in Kansas City, and then spent six years with United Health Group, starting as a senior software developer and moving up as a team lead over internal systems. He and his family have spent the last four years in Austin, Texas, and are looking forward to relocating to Kansas City.

For more information about Angus cattle and the Association, visit www.ANGUS.org.


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