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Alltech medal for Colin Powell

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Dunboyne (Ireland) – General Colin Powell will receive the Alltech Medal of Excellence during the Alltech REBELation, a conference exploring innovation, inspiration and world-changing ideas in Lexington, Kentucky (USA), May 17-20th, 2015.

Medal of Excellence

The Medal of Excellence is Alltech’s highest distinction, awarded annually to someone of great achievement and character. Previous honourees include scientists such as Dr. Eugenia Wang for her pioneering work in microRNA; agricultural leaders such as Norman Borlaug, the ‘father of the Green Revolution’ and entrepreneurial visionaries such as John Y. Brown, former governor of Kentucky and Colonel Sanders’ partner in the launch of Kentucky Fried Chicken.


Colin Powell is a strategist, diplomat and leader. On Monday, May 18, Powell will be sharing his insights on leadership with the international attendees at the official opening session of the Alltech REBELation. “What is the number one thing missing from agriculture and business today? Leadership, and when I think of leadership, General Powell comes first to mind,” said Dr. Pearse Lyons, president and founder of Alltech. “He is decisive, courageous and a ‘force multiplier of perpetual optimism.’ He broke down barriers as the first African-American chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and brought stability to tumultuous situations though his ability to build trust and develop alliances. For inspirational leadership, we need not look any further than General Powell, and, for this reason, he is the ideal recipient of our 2015 Medal of Excellence.”


The son of Jamaican immigrants, Powell grew up in South Bronx, New York, earned a bachelor’s degree in geology and then dedicated 35 years of service to the U.S. Army. After serving as President Ronald Reagan’s national security advisor, Powell became the youngest officer, first Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) graduate and first African-American to be the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff for both President George H.W. Bush and President Bill Clinton. Under President George W. Bush, he was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate to hold the position of secretary of state.

Alltech conference

Registration for the Alltech REBELation is open at rebel.alltech.com.

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