MEMPHIS – Wallace L. Darneille, a Lubbock, Texas, cooperative marketer, was elected National Cotton Council chairman for 2014. Named during the NCC's annual meeting held in Washington, DC, on Feb. 7-9, he succeeds Jimmy Dodson, a Robstown, Texas, cotton producer.
Since 2004, Darneille has been president and chief executive officer of Plains Cotton Cooperative Association, a member-owned cooperative with interests in cotton marketing, warehousing, software development/services, denim production in Texas and apparel production in Guatemala. Previously, he was senior vice president of Weil Brothers Cotton Inc. in Montgomery, Ala., where for 30 years he managed a variety of global cotton merchandizing operations.
With a long record of outstanding service to the NCC and the U.S. cotton industry, Darneille served this past year as the NCC's vice chairman and was the chairman of Cotton Council International (CCI) in 2011, after serving as its president in 2010. He also served as the chairman of the National Council of Textile Organizations in 2009-2010. He was the first American to be named president of the International Cotton Association in Liverpool, England, in 2007.
Darneille has served as president of the Texas Cotton Association, as a member of the Executive Committee of the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives, and as a board member of CCI, the American Cotton Shippers Association, the Texas Agricultural Coop Council, Telmark, Denimatrix and The Seam.
Darneille earned his B.A. from Dartmouth College in 1973 and his MBA from Auburn University in 1980. He has received honors and awards from the U.S. State Department, Auburn University, Texas Tech University and a number of civic organizations. He and his wife, Margy, have been very active in many community and church fund-raising activities in both Montgomery and Lubbock.They have four children and five grandchildren, and are members of the Episcopal Church.
The NCC's vice chairman for 2014 is Sledge Taylor, a Como, Miss., ginner.
Clyde Sharp, a Roll, Ariz., producer, was elected as the NCC's secretary-treasurer.
Elected as a NCC vice president was Joe Nicosia, a Cordova, Tenn., merchant.
Re-elected NCC vice presidents by industry segment are: WAREHOUSEMAN - Coalter Paxton, III, Wilson, N.C., COOPERATIVE - Meredith B. Allen, Greenwood, Miss.; GINNER - Sid Brough, Edroy, Texas; COTTONSEED - John C. Fricke, Pine Bluff, Ark; and TEXTILE MANUFACTURER - Anderson C. Warlick, Gastonia, N.C.