The Board of Directors of The American Mustang & Burro Association, Inc. is very pleased to announce two major changes.
The first is the move of the headquarters’ office (on July 21) to the new address:
PO Box 27703,
Salt Lake City, UT
The second change is in regards to the position of the Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Mr. Mark L. Davis II who served as the Acting CEO during the search period will be replaced by Ms. Jacqueline K. Braun the new CEO.
Mr. Davis will return to the board (a position that he vacated during the search for a suitable replacement to fill the Chief’s position vacated at the death of Mr. George W. Berrier, Jr). It should be noted that Mr. Berrier served AMBA as CEO for a period in excess of 17 years.
Ms. Braun is the mother of three adult children (2 girls + a boy). She was born into a Montana ranch family that raised Hereford Cattle. When she was 6 months of age her mother put her on her horse. Later at age 6 she had a pony. That was her beginning with horses.
It’s interesting that while her family didn’t have much time for mustangs (many cattle or sheep ranchers don’t). Jackie had a deep love for mustangs because of their great spirit and the constant drive for freedom. As a result of this Jackie got her first mustang in 1989. She currently has 6 mustangs, and one of these is in training for the Olympics (watch for SS Cisco Kid). One of her earlier mustangs was “Frosty”. This was a spectacular horse that placed in the USDF All Breeds competition. Those of you who were AMBA members back in 2009–10 may remember seeing a picture of “Frosty” in “The Journal” of the American Mustang & Burro Association. “Frosty” has since crossed over “The Rainbow Bridge.”
AMBA is very lucky to have somebody as skilled as Jackie to take the helm. She has been dealing with people most of her working years. Her tremendous ability to get along with people was pointed out by her former employers, as well as those that she listed as her personal references. When these former employers and references were contacted, not one of them gave a negative response to questions about her character, work skills, and ability to do the job.
She has served in the capacity of an Administrative Assistant, and is currently the Office Manager of a business firm in Salt Lake City. Her vast training in computer programs has equipped her to handle most administrative positions. In addition to these full time positions she also maintains a part time horse training business that has been in existence for more than 7 years.
One of the most important things about Jackie is that she is a Life Member of AMBA. Jackie originally joined AMBA in 2009 as an Individual Member; however, by 2011she elected to upgrade her membership to a more prestigious level by becoming a Gold Life Member. This indicates that she was and still is dedicated to AMBA and its mission.
Jackie also maintains membership in USDF as does AMBA and has agreed to attend the USDF All Breeds Convention and Awards program as a representative of AMBA. That function will be held this December in Las Vegas, NV.