A Courtney man has been named the 2013 recipient of the Oklahoma Society of Association Executives Excellence in Member Education and Outreach Award.

Paul Jackson was honored July 9 at the OSAE's 50th Years of Excellence gala in Tulsa.

The award recognizes professionals who have led and improved an outstanding membership outreach or education program during their career. Jackson, a membership involvement specialist for American Farmers & Ranchers/Oklahoma Farmers Union, was lauded for being a "driving force for his organization, as well as for the OSAE Membership Drive Committee."

Jackson serves on the boards of Love County Farmers Union, the Oklahoma Agricultural Leadership Program, the Oklahoma 4-H Foundation and the Midwest Shows Scholarship Program. He is a volunteer fireman, a pastor and volunteers at his community's Independence Day and community Thanksgiving activities. In addition, he has chaired the National Farmers Union National Policy Committee, and has served on the statewide Oklahoma Comprehensive Water Planning Committee, as well as the National Fire Ant Task Force.

Jackson is currently the AFR/OFU state secretary/treasurer. Prior to his election to the post earlier this year, he served as the AFR/OFU Farm & Cooperative Programs director. Throughout his 18-year career with the organization, he has coordinated grassroots policy development, managed state conventions, publicized the organization and its membership, led adult and youth leadership activities, lobbied at the state capitol and in Washington, D.C., and led many other marketing and membership relations initiatives.

Before joining the AFR/OFU, Jackson worked in Washington, D.C., on rural development and agriculture policy/appropriations for an Oklahoma congressman. He has also been professional programs director for the National Rural Water Association, which represents and provides technical assistance to small water utilities.

Jackson earned a bachelor's degree in agricultural communications from OSU, and is a graduate of Leadership Love County and OALP.

His fourth-generation farming and ranching operation currently consists of cow-calf and stocker cattle. He and his wife, Kim, have two daughters, Courtney, 17, and Sarah, 12.