President & CEO
ARA (Agricultural Retailer Association) USA
Daren Coppock began serving as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA) in November 2009. In this role he leads a staff of nine people to accomplish the mission of the ARA, which is to ensure a profitable business environment for members of the association through its public policy work in Washington, DC. ARA also provides additional value to members through a variety of educational and leadership training opportunities, a well-respected and informative annual conference, and regular updates on key legislative and regulatory issues.
Prior to joining ARA, Coppock was the Chief Executive Officer of the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) for over eight years. Other previous posts include five years as the Executive Vice President for the Oregon Wheat Growers League and another five years as the first full-time Administrator of the Oregon Grains Commission.
Coppock holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Oregon State University in Agricultural and Resource Economics. He was named Distinguished Alumnus of OSU’s College of Agricultural Sciences in 2011. He is a past National Vice President of the Future Farmers of America (FFA) (1986-1987). As a member of the Alpha Gamma Rho (AGR) national agricultural fraternity, he was recognized in 2004 as one of AGR’s Brothers of the Century, an honor bestowed on less than 2% of the fraternity’s membership in conjunction with its 100th Anniversary.
Coppock was born and raised on a wheat and cattle ranch in eastern Oregon, near Pendleton. He and his wife Mechelle have three children – James, Sarah and Renee – and reside in Falls Church, Virginia, where they are members of The Falls Church (Anglican). He volunteers as a board member for Ag Future of America (AFA), and has previously served on the board of the Poplar Heights Recreation Association, a leader of the YMCA Adventure Guides program, a volunteer with the George Mason High School Athletic Boosters and a volunteer coach for Falls Church youth basketball.