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ALLEN R. RIDER NAMED MCCORMICK-CASE GOLD MEDAL WINNER
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ST JOSEPH, MICHIGAN—— The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers has named Allen R. Rider,
PE, the 2009 winner of one of its most prestigious awards, the Cyrus Hall McCormick–Jerome Increase Case Gold Medal Award. The award, given for exceptional and meritorious engineering achievement in agriculture, was presented
at the 2009 ASABE Annual International Meeting in Reno, Nevada.
Rider, an ASABE Fellow, has made a significant impact on worldwide agricultural equipment technology through
his work in extension education, product research and development, corporate leadership and management and
professional society leadership. Since his retirement from New Holland North America, Rider has established a privately
held consulting firm, Rider Group Consulting, Inc., of New Holland, Pennsylvania, that specializes in assisting companies
with general management processes, product development, product liability and motivational presentations for their
employees and customers
As a faculty member at Oklahoma State University and the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, he developed and
implemented widely recognized extension and research programs dealing with the utilization of agricultural equipment.
Rider then joined New Holland, a worldwide agricultural and light industrial equipment company, where for nearly 25
years he served in various leadership roles involving product research, product evaluation and testing, product
development of new tractors, combines and other equipment, manufacturing, sales and marketing. His talent for
recognizing issues and opportunities, motivating ―people power‖ and producing results led him to ever-increasing responsibilities, including global vice president, product engineering; vice president, New Holland North American
Business Unit; and president, New Holland North America.
Rider has authored or coauthored more than 340 refereed journal articles, conference proceedings, technical
publications, and book chapters, as well as a book. He has developed a nationally recognized reputation as a speaker
at conferences, meetings, USDA agencies, and farm and commodity organizations on topics involving renewable energy,
product development process, trends in agriculture, agricultural equipment industry, hay and forage harvesting
equipment, and livestock handling facilities.
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A 43-year member of ASABE, Rider has shared his time and talents in exemplary professional service to the
Society, having served on numerous technical and executive committees. He served as treasurer from 1991-1994 and
president 1995-1996 and is currently serving as president of the ASABE Foundation.
A few of his awards include the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce and Industry George C. Delp Award for
Agricultural Leadership, Colorado State University Individual Achievement award, and ASABE Young Extension Worker
award. He is a steering committee member for 25 x '25 Renewable Energy Alliance, a member of the Farm Foundation
Roundtable, and past vice chair of agriculture for the Association of Equipment Manufacturers. He is a member of two
corporate boards of directors and six honorary societies.
The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers is an international educational and scientific
organization dedicated to the advancement of engineering applicable to biological, agricultural, and food systems.
Founded in 1907 and headquartered in St Joseph, Michigan, ASABE comprises nearly 10,000 members from more than
100 countries. Further information on ASABE can be obtained by contacting the Society at (269) 429-0300 (phone) or
(269) 429-3852 (fax); email@example.com. Details can also be found at http://www.asabe.org.