Rick Naerebout has been named chief executive officer of the Idaho Dairymen’s Association after having served other roles with IDA for the past 15 years.
Most recently, he has served as the association’s manager of operations and has been instrumental in establishing IDA Consulting to meet the changing needs of dairy producers throughout the state.
“Rick has proven to be an industry leader during his 15-year tenure with IDA, and particularly throughout the changes IDA has undertaken these past few years,” Tony Vander Hulst, IDA president, said in a press release Oct. 25.
“He has been integral in identifying, hiring and managing the highly qualified staff that have been added, and our board has full confidence in his leadership capabilities to meet the changing needs of our industry” he said.
As CEO, Naerebout will be responsible for the day to day operations of IDA, IDEAL and IDA Consulting Services.
Bob Naerebout, who has served as IDA executive director, will continue in his relationship with IDA and will be the lead in government affairs. He will also continue to serve on the various national boards he has been appointed to, representing Idaho dairymen in areas of stewardship, sustainability and immigration reform.
For the first 12 of years working with IDA, Rick Naerebout assisted with administration and also managed a local milk marketing cooperative, Independent Milk Producers.
His combined experience managing both a cooperative and assisting in the management of IDA provided extensive industry insights and built lasting relationships within the dairy community, the press release