|It is with great excitement that HMI announces our new Executive Director, Wayne Knight. Wayne will be replacing our current Executive Director, Ann Adams, who will remain on staff as HMI’s Education Director. This transition completes our Executive Director succession plan which the HMI board began three years ago. Wayne will begin his new duties starting January 1, 2021. Wayne most recently has served as HMI’s Director of Strategic Initiatives and was an internationally-recognized rancher from South Africa as well as a Holistic Management Certified Educator and consultant since 2006. He also served on HMI’s Board of Directors from 2013-2019. |
In 2013 Wayne was a runner up for the Peter Edwards Award (Grassland Farmer of the Year) presented by the Grassland Society of Southern Africa (GSSA) to the best conservation farmer/land user in recognition of the sound application and practice of the principles of range and forage science and conservation. His management practices from 1997 resulted in a 300% increase in carrying capacity during his 23-year tenure as the land manager on the 9,600-acre Knight Ranch.
Wayne is headquartered in Van Alstyne, Texas and has added a great deal of capacity to HMI’s staff with his expertise and hands-on experience with ranching as well as his international experience in training and consulting. Wayne has been focused on expanding HMI’s key strategic initiatives and engaging stakeholders.
“I’m very excited about all that Wayne has been able to accomplish since he has been on our staff,” says Ann. “Wayne has a remarkable ability to connect with all different types of producers and learn what they need and what motivates them. I have the utmost confidence in his ability to successfully lead us in implementing our 2021-2025 strategic plan. I am also eager to spend more time focused on our educational programming as we engage new customers and clients.”
HMI would like to express its appreciation to Ann for her seven years of service as Executive Director. Ann has steadfastly led HMI to a higher level of Holistic Management practice and implementation than ever before and we’re eternally grateful she stepped up to the Executive Director role when we needed her, and for her decades of work and leadership at HMI.
Walter Lynn, HMI’s Board Chair, notes: “Our board is very pleased to have Wayne assume the role of Executive Director of HMI. Wayne possesses a wealth of knowledge and experience from being a Certified Educator, HMI board member, and a producer; our HMI Team and community will benefit immensely from his skills and continuing leadership.”