Sam Lawson, President
Sam Lawson is President of Lawson Marketing, Inc. Prior to Lawson Marketing, Inc., Sam Lawson was President/CEO, Hartland Equipment, a John Deere Dealership with locations throughout Central Kentucky. Additionally, he was President of United Farm Tools, a farm equipment manufacturing company that made no-till drills, peanut diggers, rotary cutters and built grain carts for John Deere, and President of Lawson Implement, an International Harvester Dealership with locations throughout Central Kentucky. Lawson graduated from Western Kentucky University with a B.S. in Agriculture and has been in the farm equipment business for thirty-seven years. Lawson is a founding member of the Kentucky Agricultural Development Board (he is the representative for Kentucky's Chamber of Commerce on the Kentucky Agricultural Development Board), the Kentucky Agricultural Council (he is the representative for Kentucky's Chamber of Commerce), Governor's Council of Economic Advisors, Kentucky Agriculture Heritage Center Board, and has been a member of the EQUIP Dealer Advisory Board, the WKU Gordon Ford College of Business Advisory Board, International Harvester’s National Dealer Advisory Committee and John Deere's JDIS National Dealer Advisory Committee. He is the past president of the Kentucky Farm Equipment Dealers Association, the Kentucky FFA Foundation, the Kentucky FFA Alumni Association, Western Kentucky University's Agriculture Alumni Association, and the Alpha Gamma Rho Alumni Association. He is a member of the Louisville Agriculture Club and WKU Alumni Association. The Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce recognized him as the 2003 Agri-Business Person of the Year and the Jefferson County 4-H awarded him the 2011 4-H Roy Gibson Corporate Citizen Award.
Jean-Marie Lawson, VP/Marketing
Jean-Marie Lawson is VP/Marketing for Lawson Marketing, Inc. Prior to Lawson Marketing, Inc., Lawson was VP/Marketing for Hartland Equipment. She has fifteen years of experience in business, sales, governmental affairs, marketing, development, advertising and strategic public relations in both the public and private sectors. Lawson has managed a $500,000 annual marketing budget, helped build a children’s hospital development office, worked in a public-private partnership and generated over $500,000 annual private commitments. She graduated from Western Kentucky University with a B.A. in Corporate and Organizational Communication with emphasis in Marketing and was a scholarship student-athlete on the Western Kentucky University Women’s Golf Team. Lawson is a 2002 Leadership Bowling Green Graduate, 2005 Focus Louisville (hosted by Louisville Leadership Center) Graduate, 2011 Kentucky Agricultural Leadership Program Class IX Graduate and currently in the 2013 Leadership Kentucky Program. She serves on the Communication Committee for the Kentucky Agriculture Heritage Center, Public Awareness Committee for the Kentucky Agricultural Council and is the Executive Director of the Kentucky Farm Women Field Day. She is involved in many organizations across the Commonwealth including Kentucky Women in Agriculture, Louisville Agriculture Club, Friends of the Louisville Zoo, WKU W-Club and WKU Alumni Association. She was awarded the 2011 Continued Excellence Award from the Kentucky Women in Agriculture. She is the host of the Jean-Marie Ag Show, a weekly radio show that is your source for the most up-to-date news in agriculture especially as it effects the Commonwealth of Kentucky along with agriculture news from around the U.S. and the world.