Darrell D. Anderson
National Swine Registry
West Lafayette, IN
Darrell D. Anderson wasn't born a "pig guy", he was a country boy destined to be a great leader. For the first 38 years of his life he was focused on purebred sheep, livestock judging, auctioneering and his family and faith.
In 1987, he added the swine industry to his focus. This was the beginning of an extraordinary 25-year career of leadership that lofted the purebred swine industry to new heights with unprecedented changes and growth.
Darrell's list of contributions to agriculture and the purebred livestock industry is impressive. He was the youngest president of the National Suffolk Sheep Association. He brought four purebred swine breeds together to form the National Swine Registry (NSR). Darrell's masterful business mind managed both the American Yorkshire Club and the NSR through tough economic times, while his vision helped create the National Junior Swine Association, the "Tested Best" at the World Pork Expo, and many other progressive industry programs.
Anderson's leadership style is one of patience and the ability to listen to all sides that allowed the monumental merger to be successful. Darrell is quick to credit his dedicated staff and progressive breeders that serve as leaders on the association's board. He has the ability to make the solid decisions for the good of the organization while embracing necessary change to advance the industry.
"If you love what you do, you never work a day in your life" is an adage Darrell often shares with others. Congratulations and thank you to Darrell D. Anderson for serving as an example for the adage. Your untiring effort, Anderson wit, and positive attitude set the standard for leadership that one should aspire to emulate, not only for the swine industry, but industries around the world.