MSC Election Profile: Neal Gladner

Neal Gladner  has over 25 years’ experience in the Agri News business. He is currently the Vice President of Sales and Marketing at the Louisiana Farm Bureau Agri News Network and the Louisiana Radio Network, a position he’s held since January of 2013. He rejoined the NAFB Management and Sales Council at that time, having also been a member of the council when he was at the Arkansas Network.

Gladner was the Sales Manager and later Vice President/General Manager of the Arkansas Radio Network and ARN-AG, the Network’s Farm division. In that role, he was responsible for significant revenue growth over his 20+ years of service.

Advertisers have more choices now than ever before, but in many cases, smaller or more limited budgets. It appears we’ll face a continued challenge in demonstrating to clients the value our Farm Broadcasters bring to the table. I applaud NAFB’s new research efforts, and know our organization must continue to demonstrate how NAFB Networks and Stations must be an important part of their marketing efforts.

Industry leadership positions have included: President of the National Association of State Radio Networks; President of the Arkansas Broadcasters Association; Chairman of the CBS Radio Affiliates Association and a member of the RAB Board of Directors. Gladner is a graduate of the NAB Management Development Seminar held at Notre Dame University. He was also named the Young Executive of the Year by the Greater Little Rock Chamber of Commerce.

During his time at the Arkansas Network, Gladner worked with past NAFB President Stuart Doan, and current NAFB President Janet Adkison. Gladner is also a former News Director, Program Director and Talk Show host.

Community involvement includes the Red Cross, where he currently serves on the Board of Directors in Louisiana: Ad Fed in Baton Rouge and the Greater Baton Rouge Chamber of Commerce.  Gladner was also active with the Red Cross in Arkansas, along with leadership positions with the Rotary Club. He was named a Paul Harris Fellow, and a Sid Brooks Fellow during this Rotary tenure.  Gladner also served on the Boards of Big Brothers/Big Sisters and the Heart Association and was active with the Little Rock Chamber of Commerce.

Gladner resides in Baton Rouge. He is married, and has two daughters. He is an avid golfer, but says that should not be confused with having superior skills.