Shake Up at American Angus Association Leaves 12 Jobless

By Alan Van Zandt |

Published 04/15 2014 04:18PM

Updated 04/16 2014 07:47AM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) A power struggle at the St. Joseph-based American Angus Association ended with 12 employees being fired.

This comes after a letter critical of association CEO Bryce Schumann was sent to the association's board of directors.

In the letter dated March 21, 2014, and signed by 15 employees, it details a lack of morale at the association. The letter stated "There is a complete lack of confidence, trust, and respect for the CEO's ability to provide the leadership and atmosphere needed to maintain, let alone grow, the relevance of this organization."

The letter went on to detail what they said were Schumann's faults. "The CEO is not a strategic planner, but reacts to circumstances and events. There is an apparent lack of preparation and a failure to work together in all planned events, even regularly scheduled Board meetings."

According to reports, after receiving the letter, board members conducted interviews with Schumann and employees, then voted 10-6 to support Schumann.

Following that vote, Schumann interviewed employees then sent out a letter to membership dated April 11, 2014. In the letter, Schumann informed members that "six regional managers and six staff members were no longer employed by the Association."

The six staff were from the St. Joseph office. One of the affected employees told KQ2 that the 12 represented 300 years of service history to American Angus Association.

The American Angus Association is the nation's largest beef registry association with more than 30,000 adult and junior members. From its website, its goal is to serve the beef cattle industry.

Copyright 2016 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.