Veach re-elected chairman of life company

LITTLE ROCK — Randy Veach of Manila (Mississippi County) was re-elected Tuesday by board action as president and chairman of Southern Farm Bureau Life Insurance Company, his third one-year term in that position.

A third-generation farmer, Veach is the first Arkansan to serve as chairman of SFBLIC.

In his 10th year as president of the Arkansas Farm Bureau, Veach has served on the SFBLIC board for the past 15 years.

Arkansas Farm Bureau was among five founding members of SFBLIC in 1946.

The company provides life insurance products in 11 states: Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas and Virginia.

It has more than $144 billion in life insurance in force and is headquartered in Jackson, Miss.

“I am humbled by the support of our board and hope to continue to serve Farm Bureau members,” Veach said. “Providing products and services that improve the quality of life for our members is a key tenant of our mission statement.”

Veach also serves as a board member of the American Farm Bureau, the nation’s largest farm advocacy organization.

A deacon at Little River Baptist Church, Veach is a trustee of B.M.A.

Theological Seminary in Texas, and was past board director of Baptist Hospital in Mississippi County.

He also served 10 years on the Manila School Board.

Randy previously served as a member of the Arkansas State Plant Board and the board for the National Cotton Council, and Cotton, Inc.

He has also been a member of the Arkansas Rice Research and Promotion Board.

In 2012, Veach received the Honorary American FFA Degree for lifetime service to youth and agriculture education, and has additionally received the Honorary State FFA Degree.

In 2014, he was recognized as the Burlsworth Foundation’s Legends Honoree. Before joining the Arkansas Farm Bureau state board in 1999, Veach held several positions in Mississippi County Farm Bureau, including president and vice president.

He also served on the county’s Soybean, State Affairs and National Legislative Affairs committees.

He and his family were chosen as the 1998 Mississippi County Farm Family of the Year.

Veach and his wife Thelma have four grandchildren.

Arkansas Farm Bureau is a nonprofit, private advocacy organization with more than 190,000 families throughout the state working to improve farm and rural life.

Associated Press Association

Wimberly promoted to APA executive director

LITTLE ROCK — Ashley Wimberley of Little Rock has been promoted to executive director of the Arkansas Press Association.

Byron Tate, president of the association’s board of directors, made the announcement Wednesday.

Wimberley, 40, has been the press association’s interim director since Tom Larimer’s retirement Jan. 30.

She was previously the director of marketing.

“I strongly believe in the future of newspapers and this industry as we adopt new strategies and approaches to serve our communities in a meaningful and effective manner,” Wimberley said. “Journalism is more important now than ever.”

Wimberley said she was eager to accept the new challenge.

“Ashley is the right person to pick up where Tom left off,” Tate said. “Our association has continued to be successful in recent years, despite the challenges in our industry. We have great faith in her ability to help us maintain that success.”

Wimberley said she grew up in a newspaper family — her parents were weekly newspaper owners and journalists in Northeast Arkansas.

She began working at the APA in August 2005 after six years as Public Relations Group Manager at CJRW, a Little Rock advertising firm.

“When I came here it felt like coming home,” she said.

Wimberley and her husband, Neal, have two daughters, Anna and Maggie.

The Arkansas Press Association is a non-profit organization that consists of more than 110 newspapers in Arkansas and 130 associate members.

Its primary function is to provide members with information and training opportunities to help them grow and succeed.

The APA has two subsidiaries, Arkansas Press Services, Inc. and the Arkansas Newspaper Foundation.

APS offers numerous advertising services to the public and member papers.

The foundation provides funds for scholarships, internships and other educational programs.