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Published On: April 27th, 2023Categories: News2.1 min read

Underdog no more: Ag Management Solutions takes home 5 NAMA awards 

Nominated for an impressive thirteen national awards, Ag Management Solutions’ (AMS) trek to St. Louis to attend the National Agri-Marketing Awards (NAMA) didn’t go unrewarded. 

When the curtains closed, AMS had transformed from the little engine that could, to the little engine that did by earning five awards – the most the company has earned since its inception in 2017. 

“We certainly proved we do great work for our clients,” said Doug Monson, Sr. Director of Integrated Marketing. “I don’t think we can say we’re the underdog anymore. I’m honored to lead a group of talented individuals who care deeply about the work they do on behalf of our clients.” 

Not only was AMS recognized for its work, but also for its talent. Kristeena Thisius, AMS Director of Marketing, was honored on Thursday morning with the Next Gen NAMA award, which is awarded to up to four individuals under age 35 and are recognized as the next generation of marketing leaders with a bright future in the industry.  

“Being nominated, awarded and recognized as the Next Gen NAMA award recipient is truly humbling,” Thisius said. “But this award goes beyond just me. We have a great team who continue to want to learn and grow. I am honored to celebrate this success with them.” 

Earning two first place awards on behalf of their clients, AMS was recognized for their work on the Stepping Up: From farm to frontline campaign and the “Future of Soybeans” Cragun’s retreat, which brought together farmer directors, emerging leaders and checkoff-supported researchers and focused on forging connections, addressing challenges and finding new ideas. 

“I enjoy watching this team learn, grow and evolve,” said AMS CEO Tom Slunecka. “We’re really hitting our stride as a company, and I can’t wait to see what’s next.” 

Recognized at the national level for the first time, Soybean Business, an AMS produced publication, earned the merit award in the “Company and Association Magazines – External” category. Produced bi-monthly, the magazine reaches 23,000 farmers, industry professionals and legislators. 

“We’ve been knocking on the door for a long time with Soybean Business,” Monson said. “To finally break through among our peers was a great honor.” 

AMS rounded out the night by earning merit awards for Minneline, a weekly e-newsletter, and the On the Road Again Annual Report for soybean farmers. 

AMS is an association management company that helps small and medium-sized companies with limited staff have a meaningful impact. AMS is owned by the Minnesota Soybean Growers Association and the Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council. 


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