Mike Berry Honored by Triangle Cooperative Service
By CassiDe Street
Altus Cotton Growers Manager Mike Berry recently was named Oklahoma Cooperative Manager of the Year at the 90th annual Triangle Cooperative Service Company’s annual meeting.
Triangle is a regional insurance and member services cooperative founded in 1916 by local agricultural cooperatives in Oklahoma. The company now provides insurance in Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Iowa, and Colorado. It has presented the prestigious award since 1970.
A gin manager for more than 30 years, Berry joined Altus Cotton Growers in May 1989. Previously, he managed Davidson Coop Gin in Oklahoma, Ralls Coop Gin in Ralls, Texas, and Ballinger Coop Gin in Ballinger, Texas.
The 2005 cotton crop produced a record volume for Altus Cotton Growers, yielding 87,982 bales compared to the previous year when approximately 76,000 bales were ginned.
A third generation ginner, Berry serves on the boards of directors for the National Cotton Council (NCC) and the Oklahoma Cotton Council. He also served on the NCC Bale Packaging Committee for seven years.
“To be selected by your peers for the Oklahoma Cooperative Manager of the Year is a great honor,” Berry said.