Thad Simons Receives 2013 Agribusiness Leader of the Year Award

Apr 19, 2013, 15:30 ET from Novus International, Inc.

ST. LOUIS, April 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA) has named Thad Simons, President and CEO of Novus International, Inc., 2013 Agribusiness Leader of the Year. This award, which is NAMA's highest honor, was presented to Simons on April 18th at the Opening General Session of the 2013 Agri-Marketing Conference, "Forging New Frontiers," in Kansas City, Missouri.

The Agribusiness Leader of the Year award honors outstanding leaders in agribusiness, education, government service or other agribusiness related areas who exemplify excellence in agribusiness by their significant contributions to the industry. Thad is the Fifty-Second recipient of the Agribusiness Leader of the Year Award.

Simons became President and CEO of Novus in 2001 and continues the organization on a path to achieving the Vision, "to help feed the world affordable, wholesome food." He established the organizational framework to develop solutions specific to new markets based on Novus's established core technologies. This strategy was successful and today the Novus product portfolio, which began with two products for the poultry industry, now, consists of over 100 products that provide a holistic approach to health through nutrition for poultry, cattle, pigs, farm-raised fish, seafood and people. Novus has employees working in over 100 countries, serving more than 3,000 customers worldwide.

Under Simons' leadership, Novus has created a unique business model which marries excellence with innovation, sustainability and sharing best practices. The company maintains a culture of collaboration both internally and through interaction with a global network of agricultural students, academia and customers to identify solutions to move the agriculture industry forward.

"I am very proud to accept this award on behalf of all of my Novus colleagues around the world," stated Simons. "I would also like to thank and congratulate NAMA for putting together an excellent program this year, and for its commitment to providing a platform for Agribusiness professionals to develop leadership skills, connect to one another and to share experiences and lessons on how to become stronger ambassadors for agriculture."

About NAMA

The National Agri-Marketing Association is a non-profit organization of more than 3,500 professional and student members, serving the food and fiber industry. Focused on its members' professional development, NAMA provides access to solutions and opportunities in Agribusiness.

About Novus International, Inc.
Novus International, Inc. is headquartered in metropolitan St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.A. and serves customers in nearly 100 countries around the world. A global leader in developing animal health and nutrition solutions, Novus's products include ALIMET® and MHA® feed supplements, ACTIVATE® nutritional feed acid, ACIDOMIX® preservative premixture, ADVENT® coccidiosis control, CIBENZA® feed additive, MINTREX® chelated trace mineral, SANTOQUIN® feed preservative, MERA™MET aquaculture feed additive, AGRADO® feed antioxidant and many other specialty ingredients. Stratum® Nutrition, a division of Novus Nutrition Brands, LLC, focuses on human nutrition through specialty and functional ingredients for manufacturers of foods, beverages and dietary supplements ( Novus is privately owned by Mitsui & Co. (U.S.A.), Inc. and Nippon Soda Co., Ltd. For more information visit

®NOVUS, ALIMET, MHA, ACTIVATE, ACIDOMIX, CIBENZA, MAAC, MINTREX, SANTOQUIN and AGRADO are trademarks of Novus International, Inc. and are registered in the United States and other countries. ®ADVENT is a trademark of Viridus Animal Health, LLC, and is registered in the United States and other countries. ®STRATUM NUTRITION is a trademark of Novus Nutrition Brands, LLC, and is registered in the United States and other countries. ®PREVIDA is a registered trademark of TIN, Inc.  ™MERA and SOLUTIONS SERVICE SUSTAINABILITY are trademarks of Novus International, Inc. © 2013 Novus International, Inc. All rights reserved.

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