On September 7, 1923 a meeting of the cotton merchandising industry was held in Atlanta, Georgia to explore the formation of a cotton trade association to embrace the states of Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and Florida.

At this meeting, Mr. F. M. Inman was elected President of the new organization and J. R. Ellis as Secretary.  The meeting also elected seven Directors.  It was decided to name the new organization the “Atlantic Cotton Association”.

Charter of Incorporation was granted by the Superior Court of Fulton County, Georgia, January 5, 1924.  The Association was incorporated as a non-capital, non-profit corporation.  The objects and purposes of the Association were described in the Charter, as follows:

“The objects and purposes of said corporation are social and educational, to establish harmony and uniformity of trade customs and practices among its members and just and equitable principles in the cotton trade; to promote the general welfare of its members and others engaged in the cotton business, to decide and determine matters of difference among its members, and between its members and others, when submitted to it for arbitration; to gather, compile and disseminate information and statistics relating to matters of special interest to the cotton industry.”

Through the American Cotton Shippers Association, the Atlantic Cotton Association is affiliated with the:

Southern Cotton Association, Memphis, Tennessee

Texas Cotton Association, Dallas, Texas

Western Cotton Shippers Association, Memphis, Tennessee

The combined memberships of all of the Affiliated Associations form the membership of the American Cotton Shippers Association.


Wesley Rentz

Mr. Wesley Rentz has played a crucial role in the growth of Olam Cotton in the United States since he joined the company in 2011. Throughout his tenure, he has held various positions including responsibilities in inventory management, marketing, and most recently, overseeing origination in the Southeast region.

Prior to joining Olam, Mr. Rentz began his career in the cotton industry as Export Manager at Weil Brothers Cotton Co. in Montgomery, Alabama in 2006. He holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Washington and Lee University and a Masters in International Business Administration from the University of South Carolina. His education included a year studying Mandarin in China and working at the USDA’s Shanghai office.

In addition to his role at Olam, Mr. Rentz is actively involved in several industry organizations. He serves as President of the Atlantic Cotton Association, sits on the ACSA Board of Directors, serves as a delegate on the Cotton Council International Board of Directors, is an Executive Committee member of the Joint Cotton Bale Packaging Committee, and serves on the board of the North Carolina Cotton Producers Association.

Mr. Rentz resides in Greenville, South Carolina with his wife Wendy and their two children, Sawyer and Harrison.


  • Wesley Rentz, President, Olam Agri Americas, Inc.
  • Chris Alphin, Vice President, Commonwealth Gin
  • Thomas McMeekin, Immediate Past President, McMeekin Cotton LLC
  • Robert Buckles, New Hope AgriServices, LLC
  • Ken Burton, ADM Cotton
  • Brett Edgy, ECOM USA, LLC
  • Sam Etheridge, Choice Cotton Company, Inc.
  • Lee Kuhlo, Louis Dreyfus Company
  • Anthony Wills, Cargill Cotton


  • ADM Cotton
  • America Tongzhou Cotton Trading, Inc.
  • Cargill Cotton
  • COFCO Americas Resources Corp.
  • Commonwealth Gin
  • DECA Global LLC
  • Louis Dreyfus Company
  • Olam Agri Americas, Inc.
  • Toyo Cotton Company
  • Viterra USA Agriculture LLC


  • Choice Cotton Company, Inc.
  • Loeb and Company, Inc.
  • McMeekin Cotton LLC
  • New Hope AgriServices, LLC
  • Plainsman Cotton Company
  • Victoria Cotton Company


  • AddTran Logistics, Inc.
  • Fullen Transportation Services, Inc.
  • Georgia Ports Authority
  • Lipscomb Insurance Group, Inc.
  • Mallory Alexander International Logistics
  • Paxton Bonded Storages
  • RL Solutions LLC
  • Transales, Inc.
  • VLM Commodities LTD
  • Wakefield Inspection Services, Inc.