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Shared Interest Groups (SIGs)

Representing Common Interests


ABF Shared Interest Groups (SIGs) represent various segments within the diverse beekeeping industry. Each SIG meets at the ABF Annual Conference to:


  • Discuss issues of importance to its respective participants.
  • Offer resolutions to be considered at the ABF Annual Business Meeting.
  • Conduct other business relevant to its area of special interest but not contravening the bylaws or objectives and resolutions of the ABF.
  • If entitled, elect two of its participants to the ABF Board of Directors for a two-year term. One director typically leads the SIG program at the conference, but another program chair may be designated.


SIGs do not have set membership. Any person present at the ABF Annual Conference may participate in one or more SIGs during the convention. Only ABF members may participate in SIG elections, and no ABF member may cast votes in more than one SIG at the same convention.


Please contact the SIG directors below for additional information.


SIG Directors


Commercial Beekeepers SIG


Mario Jakob (Serving 1st term in position. Term ends January 2019.)

17732 SE 283rd Ave., Umatilla, FL 32784
Phone: 352-669-4233
E-mail: dandjapiary@aol.com


Dan Winter (Serving 2nd term in position. Term ends January 2020.)
7311 East Port Bay Rd., Wolcott, NY 14590
Phone: 239-564-0255
E-mail: twinter5@rochester.rr.com


Honey Producer-Packer SIG


Jim Belli (Serving 1st term in position. Term ends January 2020.)

40960 N. Mill Creek Rd., Old Mill Creek, IL 60083
Phone: 847-838-0207
E-mail: jim@belli-belli.com


Robert Sears (Serving 2nd term in position. Term ends January 2020.)

17801 Perishing Ave., St. Louis, MO 63105
Phone: 314-863-5334
E-mail: robert.sears@gmail.com


Package Bee and Queen Breeders SIG


Phillip Russell (Serving 1st term in position. Term ends January 2019.)

2522 Tierra Buena Rd., Yuba City, CA 95993
Phone: 530-674-3881
E-mail: phillip@strachanbees.com


Amanda Wooten (Serving 1st term in position. Term ends January 2020.)
11189 Deschutes Rd., Palo Cedro, CA 96073
Phone: 530-549-3555
E-mail: wootensbees@gmail.com


Small Scale-Sideliner SIG


Emily Brown (Serving 2nd term in position. Term ends January 2019.)

5425 Kathleen Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85254
Phone: 602-881-9877
E-mail: emily@azqueenbee.com


Brian Nilson (Serving 1st term in position. Term ends January 2020.)
108 Carnahan Street, Marquette, NE 68854
Phone: 402-617-2936
E-mail: bpnilson@msn.com

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