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John Reddington to Retire as President of U.S. Hide, Skin & Leather Association

Thursday, July 18, 2013


Stephen Sothmann Named As Successor

Washington, D.C.-- John Reddington, president of United States Hide, Skin and Leather Association (USHLA), today announced his retirement from the association, effective January 1, 2014.  He has served as president of the association since October 2002.   

Stephen Sothmann, current director of international affairs of USHSLA and the American Meat Institute, will assume the title and responsibilities on that same date.

“John has expanded the recognition of USHSLA, establishing relationships with government and private sector organizations to enhance the ability of the association to carry out its functions,” according to Mike Larson, senior director, international hides and leather sales, Tyson Fresh Meats and Chairman of the USHLA Board of Directors. 

During his tenure, Reddington improved the Standards Governing the Export of North American Cattle Hides and had them published in Chinese so the largest buyers of US hides could read them.  He also established numerous relationships with foreign hide organizations to improve the knowledge base of buyers and sellers.  These included organizations in Brazil, China, Indonesia, Italy, Mexico, Turkey, Vietnam and others. He has also guided the association in establishing a code of conduct for its members, developing a mission statement, goals and objectives and revising the articles of procedure by which the association governs itself.


“Today, USHSLA is recognized worldwide as the voice of the U.S. hide industry. We are going to miss him,” Larson added. 

Sothmann has served as director of international affairs since August 2011.  He has a Master of Business Administration and a law degree from Indiana University and has worked on Capital Hill for various Senators and Congressmen.



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