SALINAS, August 29, 2017 – Dennis Albiani and Cannon Michael have been selected to receive the 2017 Profiles in Leadership Award by the California Agricultural Leadership Foundation (CALF) and the Ag Leadership Alumni Council. The award will be presented at the Class 48 Inauguration and Ag Leadership Award Reception and Dinner on Oct. 12, 2017 at the Clovis Veterans Memorial District.
The Profiles in Leadership Award recognizes alumni of the California Agricultural Leadership Program for their leadership actions resulting in the betterment of industry, community, business, government, education and/or the environment.
“The foundation and its board of directors are thrilled that the Alumni Council made the recommendation to recognize and honor Dennis and Cannon with this prestigious award,” said CALF President Barry Bedwell. “There are simply no better examples of alumni who work to benefit California agriculture than these two outstanding individuals. They are truly leaders who make a difference.”
Albiani, of Elk Grove, is vice president of California Advocates and a graduate of Class 32 of the California Ag Leadership Program. He has been involved in CALF’s Legislative Reception, class visits to Sacramento and the Washington, D.C. Educational Fellowship Program. Albiani is currently president of the California FFA Foundation, a member of the Farm Bureau Scholarship Foundation and an advisory board member for the Elk Grove FFA Chapter.
Albiani’s nominator and classmate, Deanna van Klaveren, says he is a servant leader who supports family, community, education and agriculture.
“After Class 32’s commencement, Dennis didn’t slow down,” said van Klaveren. “Even with all of his commitments, Dennis finds time to serve others and is always willing to be present at CALF functions and activities.”
Michael, of Los Banos, is president of Bowles Farming Company and a graduate of Class 39 of the California Ag Leadership Program. He serves on the boards of the Water Education Foundation, the San Luis Canal Company, the Henry Miller Reclamation District, the San Luis & Delta-Mendota Water Authority, the Coastal San Luis Resource Conservation District, Cotton Incorporated and the California Cotton Ginners & Growers Association.
His nominator and graduate of Class 42, Rachelle Antinetti, says Michael is deeply committed to California and U.S. agriculture, water and the environment.
“Cannon’s ability to relate, interact and accomplish goals with a variety of environmental groups and government agencies is miraculous,” said Antinetti. “Class 39 and Region 4 are very proud to have this alumnus joining the many recipients of the Profiles in Leadership Award.”
CALF operates the Ag Leadership Program, which is considered to be one of the premier leadership development experiences in the United States. Since it was first delivered in 1970, more than 1,300 men and women have participated in the program and have become influential leaders and active volunteers in agriculture, government, communities, business and education.