“There is a reason the rear-view mirror is so small and the windshield is so big,” says Lee Borck, 2014 Kansas Stockman of the Year and President of Innovative Livestock Services, Manhattan, Kan. A career built on that motto has catapulted Borck from a feedyard manager to the founder of Beef Marketing Group, a group of 11 different feeding entities.
“Lee has always been forward thinking,” says Knight Feed Lot manager Mark Knight. “And he’s always calm and he thinks before he speaks. He has a lot of experience that has benefitted all of his business partners.”
Borck has been recognized as an industry leader many times, including a 2012 induction into the Cattle Feeders Hall of Fame, and industry leadership roles such as President of the Kansas Livestock Association. He also served on the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association board and the Cattlemen’s Beef Board, and was president of Cattle-Fax in 1994.
A 1970 graduate of Kansas State in Agriculture Economics ensured that Borck would be a lifelong supporter of the university. Borck has devoted much time and resources to K-State in an effort to help others succeed through education. In 1992, Borck was named K-State Outstanding Stockman, an alumni fellow by the KSU College of Ag in 1995, and Distinguished Alumni by the KSU department of agricultural economics in 1998. In December 2007, he received the KSU Medal of Excellence, the university’s highest honor.