Woodard named president of the IAOM
Joe Woodard, general manager for Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) in Arkansas City, KS, became the 107th president of the International Association of Operative Millers (IAOM) at the Association’s 115th annual conference and expo on May 5 in San Antonio, Texas. Woodard graduated from Cowley College in 1995.
With a focus on transferring years of knowledge and experience to younger generations of milling professionals, Woodard’s presidential theme is “Look Forward, Nurture and Give Back.”
“Those of us who have been around a little bit longer need to make sure that the information and skills we’ve acquired over the years is passed on to the next generation of millers,” Woodard said. “I think that this has been somewhat lost, and I wanted to bring it to the forefront and make it a focus for my year as IAOM president.”
Woodard has been an active member of IAOM since 1980. He was director of IAOM’s Wheat State District from 20032009; and served as that district’s chairman in 1999-2000.
While serving as IAOM vice president, Woodard was also president of the International Milling Education Foundation (IMEF), a philanthropic partner of IAOM that funds a variety of educational programs related to the grain milling industry.
Woodard has been an IMEF trustee since it was founded in 2003. He is a native of Arkansas City, where he joined the milling division of ADM in 1979.
Based in Arkansas City, Woodard has held several positions including miller, mill superintendent, plant superintendent, plant manager and general manager.
He currently serves as general manager for ADM’s two operations in Arkansas City. Woodard was also recently elected to his second term as president of USD 470’s school board.
He has been a reserve police officer for 15 years; has served on the boards of the local water district, and the committee for business and industry.
Woodard and his wife, Jan, have a son, Adam 16. Having been elected to the position of president of the IAOM has allowed him to attend district meetings around the world.
“I appreciate my company for the support it has given me, allowing me to serve IAOM on the district and now international levels,” Woodard said. “My colleagues in Ark City have also been willing to step up to make sure that I am able to represent.”