NGFA is pleased to announce the hiring of Lacy Holleman to the newly created staff position of manager of legal affairs and arbitration. She joined the staff on Nov. 30.
The new position was established in part to provide additional staff support for one of NGFA’s premier member services – its more than century-old system of trade rules and arbitration that facilitates the efficient marketing of grains, oilseeds and their derived products, and resolves trade disputes in a timely and transparent manner. She also will work on contracting, legal and other matters.
In addition, NGFA President and CEO Randy Gordon announced a change in the position title for current Director of Arbitration/Mediation Services Mary Hitchcock to director of commercial and arbitration services to reflect her expanded role and responsibilities.
Gordon noted that additional staff support was needed to join NGFA Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary Charlie Delacruz and Hitchcock, in part given their expanded duties with the newly created National Grain and Feed Digital Solutions (NGFDS) affiliate entity. Earlier this month, NGFDS launched the new web-based platform that enables the electronic transmission of bills of lading for southbound barge movements on the upper Mississippi River and Illinois River System. Delacruz serves as executive director of NGFDS, while Hitchcock serves as secretary and assistant treasurer. NGFDS is scheduled to expand its service to include electronic bills of lading for southbound barge transactions involving soybeans and other grains and oilseeds in early 2021. NGFDS also plans in succeeding years to explore expanding the digital barge platform to northbound traffic on the Mississippi River, as well as to the Columbia and Snake River System in the Pacific Northwest.
About Lacy: An Arkansas native, Holleman received her undergraduate degree with a double major in history and Russian studies from the University of Tulsa (Okla.) and her law degree from Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C. While pursuing her academic degrees, she worked as an office assistant for a law firm in her native state, and as a student worker for the Veteran’s Legal Clinic in Winston-Salem, where she reviewed military, government, medical and highly confidential legal documents related to veterans’ applications for upgrading their service discharges. After graduating from Wake Forest, she was manager of a local business at the Pentagon, where she developed standard operating procedures, employee guides and company policies, trained employees and was responsible for the firm’s supply chain. She also completed a mediation training course required by the North Carolina Supreme Court for those seeking to serve as mediators for settlement conferences and other settlement procedures in North Carolina Superior Court civil actions.
“We’re extremely pleased to find someone of Lacy’s academic credentials, background and work experience to join our staff team,” Delacruz and Hitchcock said. “We believe NGFA members will enjoy working with her as NGFA continues to provide essential arbitration, trade rules and other services to this industry.”