Vienna, GA, cotton producer and ginner C. B. “Chuck” Coley, a was elected National Cotton Council (NCC) chairman for 2012 during the NCC’s annual meeting held in Fort Worth, TX, in February.
Coley served as the NCC’s vice chairman in 2011 and succeeds Charles Parker, a Senath, MO, cotton producer. Before his introduction as incoming chairman, Coley spoke to the crowd on-hand in Fort Worth to send off Parker, the outgoing chairman.
“Charles has brought his leadership to bear on every Council priority. He has benefited all segments of this organization. We cannot thank him enough for the time and effort he has given us,” Coley said.
For his part, Coley is no stranger to industry service on the national level. Coley was chairman of the Cotton Foundation in 2010-11 and served as that organization’s president in 2009-10. In the past, he’s also served as chairman of the American Cotton Producers in 2008-09 and as a NCC director.
In addition to his national service, Coley has also been active in regional and state associations. He is a current board member for Southern Cotton Growers Association. He served as the president of National Cotton Ginners Association (NCGA) in 1995/96 and was president of Southeastern Cotton Ginners Association in 1991/92. He received the NCGA’s Horace Hayden National Cotton Ginner of the Year award in 1998.
Coley is the owner of CBC Farms and his principal crops are cotton and peanuts. He is the president of Coley Gin and Fertilizer Company, a diversified agribusiness in Vienna with services including chemical, seed and fertilizer sales; peanut handling and warehousing; and cotton ginning, warehousing and marketing. In addition, he serves as a Bank of Dooly director and is a member of Chickasha of Georgia’s executive committee.
In introducing Coley to the Council delegation in Fort Worth, Parker made note of his proven experience.
“Chuck, we are extremely fortunate that you have agreed to answer the industry’s call to serve as the Council’s chairman for 2012, bringing your proven leadership and expertise. We know your tenure will be successful and we wish you the very best during your year of service,” Parker said.