Six months after Mark Clarke announced he was stepping down as World Dairy Expo general manager to take another job, a new general manager has been hired. Scott Bentley will take over as general manager of World Dairy Expo on June 3.
Bentley worked at ABS Global in DeForest as the global supply manager. Previously, he held positions as global dairy product manager, district sales manager and in dairy sire acquisition. He also worked for the American Jersey Cattle Association as field service manager.
Mike Holschbach, World Dairy Expo board president, says he is looking forward to working with Bentley.
"The board is excited that our new general manager has varied experience in the dairy industry including dairy cattle show management, commercial trade show and business management," says Holschbach, "Bentley has experience working with dairy producers and management teams in both corporate and cooperative environments. His understanding of working collaboratively with dairy producers, exhibitors and industry partners will be helpful as we continue to grow and evolve Expo."
In his new role, Bentley will lead World Dairy Expo staff in the strategic planning and implementation of the largest dairy-focused event in the world. He will be responsible for developing innovative initiatives and cultivating partner relationships.
As general manager, Bentley will oversee the responsibilities of World Dairy Expo management, including the North American Intercollegiate Dairy Challenge, Purebred Dairy Cattle Association, The Dane County Fair and Wisconsin Rural Opportunities Foundation.
Bentley earned his bachelor 's degree in dairy science from Iowa State University. He has a master's degree in business administration from Purdue University. Bentley grew up on a Guernsey farm in Ames, Iowa and now resides in Madison.
Interim General Manager Bob Kaiser says, "The interview selection committee had a deep pool of qualified applicants. The process stayed on schedule, with the new general manager positioned to begin in early June as planned."
World Dairy Expo will take place Oct. 1-5 at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison.
Source: World Dairy Expo