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West Texas Ginner to head NCGA
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Feb '08
The Memphis-based National Cotton Ginners Association (NCGA) elected its officers for 2008 at its annual meeting here. The officers include: president, Chris Breedlove, who is manager of the Olton Coop Gin in Olton, TX; first vice president, Sledge Taylor, Como, MS; second vice president, Kirk Gilkey, Corcoran, CA; third vice president, Kent Fountain, Surrency, GA, and chairman, Van Murphy, Quitman, GA. Harrison Ashley of Memphis serves as NCGA's executive vice president.

In addition, Curtis Griffith of Morton, TX, was named the 2007 Horace Hayden National Cotton Ginner of the Year and National Cotton Council (NCC) Vice President Bill Norman is the recipient of NCGA's 2007-2008 Distinguished Service Award.

Griffith, who grew up on the family's cotton farm in Morton, attended Lubbock Christian College and Texas Tech University where he received a degree in Agricultural Economics and a law degree. His family, which owns farms in Cochran and Terry Counties in Texas and in New Mexico's Roosevelt County, has been in the ginning business since 1945, eventually owning all or part of four gins in Cochran and Yoakum Counties.

Since 1992, Griffith has served as president and general manager of that four-gin consortium - Southwest Gin of Texas. He also is the chairman of Module Truck Systems, which manufactures and services cotton module trucks.

In addition to cotton ginning, Griffith is board chairman of the First State Bank of Morton, and continuesto serve as board chairman of City Bank, which has several locations in Lubbock, in eight other South Plains communities as well as in Dallas, El Paso and Houston. He also serves as president of Zia Financial Inc, the parent bank holding company of City Bank New Mexico.

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