Bernard Selensky was selected by the Texas Seed Trade Association to receive the Distinguished Service Award for his contributions to the seed industry at the group's recent Production and Research Conference in Dallas.

Selensky is a graduate from Texas A&M, class of 1961, with a degree in agricultural economics. He started his 40-year career in agriculture with a short stint with an Ag Machinery Finance Co. before his 28 years with the international seed company, Northrup King Co.

There he served in several management positions including sales manager for the Southern Division. Following his Northrup King career, he started his second career as the sales manager for the Golden Acres Brand of Agrigenetics, which would soon become Mycogen Seeds.

He became Southern Area director of sales with sales responsibility from the Carolinas to Arizona.

At age 60, Selensky started a new seed company, Golden Acres Genetics, L.L.C. with partner Lou Buice.

Although very modest about his ability to mentor his subordinates, Selensky has excelled in leadership and training his entire career. He has received numerous awards including, both District and Region of the Year Award, President's Advisory Council and National Sales Coach of the Year.

Selensky's contributions to the seed industry reach beyond the companies he has been associated with. He is known and respected by seedsmen throughout the south. In 1987 he served as president of the Texas Seed Trade Association following five years on the board of directors.

He also has served on various committees. He has been an active member of the Southern Seed Association and the American Seed Trade Association.