Cotton Incorporated announced the 2016 class of the Cotton Research and Promotion Hall of Fame. The program recognizes U.S. cotton industry leaders who have made significant contributions to the Cotton Research and Promotion Program or to cotton.
The honorees will be formally inducted into the Cotton Research and Promotion Program Hall of Fame at the joint Cotton Incorporated/Cotton Board annual meeting in New Orleans this December.
This year’s honorees are
- William A. “Bill” Baxter, Dumas, Ark.;
- the late Jack S. Hamilton of Lake Providence, La.;
- Kent Nix, Lamesa, Texas;
- J. Nicholas “Nick” Hahn, New York, N.Y.
The Cotton Research and Promotion Program was established in 1966 to expand the demand for upland cotton and to increase profitability for both cotton growers and importers of cotton products.
“Over the past few decades, the cotton industry has continued to evolve and advance in many ways,” says Berrye Worsham, president and CEO of Cotton Incorporated. “The tireless dedication and many contributions of the 2016 Hall of Fame Inductees have shaped the industry as we know it today and will further impact future growth and advancement.”
The 2016 honorees of the Cotton Research and Promotion Program Hall of Fame were chosen from nominations made by Certified Producer and Importer Organizations and voted upon by the Chairman's Committee of the Cotton Incorporated Board of Directors.
- William A. “Bill” Baxter has served as a board member of Cotton Council International, a member delegate of the National Cotton Council and as a director and chairman of the Cotton Board. Baxter has also been the recipient of the “Arkansas Cotton Achievement Award,” and was elected into the Arkansas Agricultural Hall of Fame in 1999. Baxter currently serves as president and operating officer of Baxter Land Company.
- Jack S. Hamilton (deceased) provided many years of leadership and dedication to the industry, having served as chairman of Cotton Incorporated and chairman of the National Cotton Council, a director of Cotton Council International, and the president of the Southern Cotton Ginners Association. Hamilton also served as the first president of the Louisiana Cotton & Grain Association, an organization he helped found in 1968.
- Kent Nix is recognized for his long tenure and strong leadership during his time on The Cotton Board, beginning his service as an alternate and transitioning through the ranks before becoming chairman. His role in ensuring and including the importer segment of the industry was very instrumental to the program. Nix has also served on the Plains Cotton Growers Board of Directors and the Plains Cotton Improvement Committee.
- J. Nicholas “Nick” Hahn held several positions at Cotton Incorporated and has the distinction of leading the company twice; as both the second and fourth president and CEO. Hahn built on the marketing legacy of Dukes Wooters, the first president of Cotton Incorporated, and elevated the company’s marketing efforts to new levels of sophistication.