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USW Announces New Hire, Promotion
July 14, 2014
ARLINGTON, Virginia — U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) announces that Nada I. Obaid joined the organization July 14, 2014, as administrative assistant, and that Stacy Taylor has been promoted to executive assistant to the president and meeting planner.

Obaid recently arrived in the United States from Iraq after working as an Arabic-English translator and in procurement in the public and private sectors. Most recently, she was office manager at Qatarrat Al-Shahad for Economic Consultations and Commercial Agencies in Baghdad. She also served as marketing specialist with the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad. In that position, she translated documents and assisted U.S. suppliers having business with the Iraqi government. Obaid’s prior positions included work at the Iraqi Ministry of Trade and the Grain Board of Iraq related to government-managed food procurement and supply management. Obaid has a bachelor’s degree in translation from the University of Mustansiriyah in Baghdad.

In her new position, Obaid will provide general office administrative duties as well as assist with meetings and other USW activities.

Taylor recently marked her 25th year working with USW in administrative positions, joining the organization in July 1989. She was named executive to the president in 2008 and added assistant meeting planner to her responsibilities in 2012. In her new position, Taylor will coordinate all USW board of directors meetings and world staff conferences.

USW is the industry’s market development organization working in more than 100 countries. Its mission is to “develop, maintain, and expand international markets to enhance the profitability of U.S. wheat producers and their customers.” USW activities are made possible through producer checkoff dollars managed by 19 state wheat commissions and cost-share funding provided by FAS.

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