Exceptional leadership, ability to build consensus, strategic vision, commitment to serve farmer-members, and outstanding public service on behalf of Missouri agriculture
Bill Stouffer became involved with cooperative leadership in 1979 when he decided to run for the board and make his opinion heard. He became an invaluable asset to the cooperative and set MFA on a new direction based on sound business principles, with the farmer foremost in mind.
As a member of the corporate board of MFA from 1979 to 1995, including two terms as board chair, Stouffer epitomized excellence as a director. His preparation was flawless. He was a champion for necessary change, and was willing to challenge management, but he did not micromanage. He brought stability and success to the cooperative during the turbulent time of an agricultural crisis and leadership change. In the process, he molded the board into a strategic entity.
He is a strategic thinker capable of complex analysis, and is not afraid to make difficult decisions. He has a keen ability to press for appropriate action through consensus, not confrontation, by knowing when to end discussion and reach decisions for the good of the cooperative. A true visionary, Stouffer was instrumental in the success of MFA Incorporated, and now serves as a state senator with the same level of integrity and purpose. He sets a standard for leadership that all should aspire to match, and few achieve.