WCSA President – Richard “Ricky” L. Clarke, III

Ricky Clarke was raised in Greenwood, MS.  After graduating from Mississippi State University in 1980 with double major in Agricultural Economics and Banking & Finance, he started work with Hohenberg Bros. Company, the cotton business unit of Cargill.  He earned a Masters of Business Administration from Memphis State University in 1987.

His 40 year experience at Cargill Cotton has included three years managing the Phoenix, AZ office, merchandising Texas, Memphis/Eastern & Far Western growths, supply & demand analysis, overseeing Cargill Cotton’s warehousing operations, sales, and various special projects.  He also spent time working Eastern hemisphere growths in the Liverpool office of Cargill Cotton.

Ricky is a former chairman for the American Cotton Shippers Association, former president of the Southern Cotton Association and current president of the Western Cotton Shippers Association.  Other interests include Boy Scouts – Chickasaw Council and Economic Club of Memphis.  He is married to Terri Lee Clarke, has four children and two grandchildren.

WCSA Board of Directors

Richard L. Clarke, III, Cargill Cotton

Craig Stevens, Allenberg Cotton Company

Luke Bayci, Handwerker-Winburne, Inc.

Sam Etheridge, Olam Cotton

Stephen Harmer, Jess Smith & Sons Cotton, LLC

Brad Reinhart, J G Boswell

Jeff Elder, Oritain

Leigh Pell, Allenberg Cotton Company

Kevin McDermott, Jess Smith & Sons Cotton, LLC