The American Feed Industry Association named Dale A. Hill, of ADM Alliance Nutrition, and Paul Phillips, of Maxi-Lift/Southwest Agri-Plastics, as 2011 Members of the Year.

Hill and Phillips received the honor during the annual meeting of AFIA’s Board of Directors. AFIA's Member of the Year award is given to an individual who exhibited amazing support in helping the association achieve its goals and objectives over the previous year.

Dale Hill is manager of companion animal nutrition with ADM Alliance Nutrition, and has served on AFIA Pet Food Committee since 2009, most recently as chairman in 2010. He spearheaded the effort to review, renew and publish an updated version of “Salmonella Control Guidelines,” which was distributed to the membership and US Food and Drug Administration in December 2010.

“Dale worked many long hours on the Salmonella Guide and it paid off. He squeezed this work in with his many responsibilities, because he saw the value of such an industry document that would benefit all firms,” said AFIA vice president, Richard Sellers. “That says that he realizes the greater good that working for the industry will benefit his firm also.”

Paul Phillips is executive vice president of Maxi-Lift and vice president of marketing for Southwest Agri-Plastics. Over the past several years, Phillips has been a strong advocate for the AFIA Equipment Manufacturers Committee’s Scholarship Fund, working so that Kansas State University scholarships can be awarded to students entering the feed industry, AFIA said.

“As chairman of the Equipment Manufacturers Committee, Paul serves as a liaison between EMC and Kansas State University,” said Keith Epperson, AFIA vice president of manufacturing and training. “Despite his other duties, he worked tirelessly not only promoting AFIA, but in raising money for the K-State Scholarship Fund.”