Dr. Youssouf Diabate:
Dr. Youssouf Diabate is a Research Assistant Professor and Director of the Tuskegee University Rural Business and Economic Development Program. Dr. Diabate teaches farm management and agricultural production economics at Tuskegee University. He has more than fifteen years of experience as a provider of business and economic development technical assistance for Alabama, and frequently conducts business and economic development education workshops and special conferences, one-on-one technical assistance for entrepreneurs. Dr. Diabate has received an award as the “Higher Education Teacher of the Year 2009” by the University of Alabama’s Institute of Entrepreneurship.
Dr. Frank Pinkerton:
Dr. Frank Pinkerton, aka The Goat Man, has academic training and long practical experience in animal nutrition and livestock marketing. He was instrumental in establishing the dairy goat research program at PVAMU and, later, the meat goat extension program at Langston University, from which he retired in 1993. Since then he has stayed involved in the goat world by doing private and U.S. Government consultancy work in meat goat management and marketing. He has collaborated with LSU, for many years in research and extension activities focusing on live goat grading, carcass grading and yield, pricing patterns, and industry trends. He has also written an 'advice column' for The Goat Rancher magazine since early 2005 as well as feature articles on industry status, opportunities and constraints to further development, and on looming international competition.
Bruce Howard Dobbs:
Bruce Howard Dobbs serves as Chairman of Gotcha Goat LLC. Gotcha Goat is producing meat products from locally grown goats. Gotcha Goat is selling goat meat chunks to Kroger. The company has developed a line of value added products, which include “Jerky”, and “Summer Sausages”. He pursued postgraduate studies at The Graduate School of Long Island University, The Donald T. Regan School of Finance, and Wharton School of Business, Georgia State University School of Law. He holds an MBA in Leadership and Communication. He is a graduate of Morehouse College/Long Island University. He holds an MBA in Leadership and Communication. He is a licensed security representative. Mr. Dobbs is an active member of the Atlanta community.
Dr. Nar Gurung:
Dr. Gurung has more than 25 years of experience working with goats in the area of nutrition including grazing management. He teaches goat production at Tuskegee University. He has worked in many parts of the world. Currently, he is an Associate Professor of Animal Science in the Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and acting Director of Caprine Research and Education Unit at George Washington Carver Agricultural Experiment Station of Tuskegee University.