Meet Billy Elkins, ACGA President
How did you end up in the occupation you have now? Is this what you’ve always wanted to do? Who has influenced you in your leadership role? Why?
Ever since I was a young boy, all I’ve ever wanted to do was ranch. My family has been in the cattle business for almost 170 years. I was inspired by my father and my grandfather to continue my ancestors’ legacies. They were always active in Cattle Growers’ and lived by the idea of the need to continue to evolve and do our jobs better. I too live by this idea and see the importance of being involved.
How have your experiences in your field influenced your growth, personally and professionally?
We always must strive to find better ways to improve our ranching operations. To remain competitive in a changing world it is important to learn from other ranchers, leaders in our industry, and adapt to new ideas.
What roadblocks have you run into in the ag industry? How have you overcome them?
Knowing how to market my cattle in a world where everything is changing. It is vital to stay informed. This is one reason I am involved in Cattle Growers’ - staying in tune with those in our organization that have an ear on the ground to know what’s happening and changing.
What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given? What advice would you give to another?
My dad always said to take care of the little problems in life and business, so they don’t turn into big ones. Don’t get overextended financially. The best advice I can give is to always keep trying.
What is the best part of your day?
The best part of my day is when I first get up. My mind is fresh and restored. It is during this time that I make the best decisions – decisions that receive the best outcomes.
How do you balance your job with family and personal time?
Balancing personal time and family time is always tough for all of us. However, it’s one of the most important things that we can do in life. My wife and I block off time for family trips and activities generally during the same times each year. This makes plans easier to make and ensures time is spent with our family!
Do you involve your family in your work? If so, how?
My family is part of our business! They own shares in our company and help whenever they are able.
What inspires you to come to work each day?
The thing that inspires me to go to work each day is the love I have for the land and the love I have for what I do. With this mindset, my job is a way of life.
What is your main priority going into the next year as ACGA president?
Continue the hard work of the outgoing Executive Committee. It is my priority to continue to grow ACGA membership and the involvement of Arizona ranchers. We need to continue to hear from our grassroots. As a membership-driven organization, I look forward to hearing from you. Your direction and ideas are encouraged. As this year begins, we’ll face new issues together as one.
What makes you #azcattlegrowers?
My interest in helping the Arizona cattle industry grow and prosper.