As reported earlier this summer ACSA President/CEO, William E. May announced his plans to retire December 31, 2018. The ACSA Board approved the formation of a search committee of ACSA Past Chairmen during the ACSA annual meeting in May of this year to interview prospective candidates for the position.

On July 16th the committee announced the hiring of William H. “Buddy” Allen to become the next President & CEO of ACSA. Mr. Allen will assume the title on January 1, 2019. He will begin his transition in August working with Mr. May.

Buddy is a native of Belzoni, Mississippi and resides in Tunica, Mississippi. He is married to the former Allison Johnson and they have three daughters. He earned his BA from the University of Mississippi in English and Political Science. Buddy worked on Capitol Hill in the office of US Senator Thad Cochran as an intern and Staff Assistant. He also spent time in the banking industry with a focus on capitalization and agriculture lending.

Presently he is a partner in A&J Planting Company a vertically integrated agribusiness in Tunica. In 2013 Buddy became a partner in The Macon Edwards Company a government relations firm focusing on agriculture policy and regulation.