About Us

ACSA is comprised of Merchants, Primary Buyers and Mill Service Agents who are members of four Federated Associations, located throughout the cotton belt.

The American Cotton Shippers Association was organized on July 8, 1924 to provide a united voice for the cotton merchandising trade of the United States:


ACSA’s member firms handle over 80% of the U.S. cotton sold in domestic and foreign markets. The significant market involvement of ACSA members requires that the Association take an active part in promoting the increased use of cotton in the U.S. and throughout the world; establishing with other cotton trade organizations national and international standards for trade; collaborating with producer organizations throughout the cotton belt in formulating farm programs; and cooperating with government agencies in the administration of such programs.

Cotton merchants at every level of the marketing chain benefit. While cotton is a product of nature, how much is planted, by whom, and at what price is not always a market determination; it can be influenced by  USDA.

The opportunity to participate in the formulation of ACSA policy, through input to, or service on, committees or Boards of Directors. The opportunity to voice concerns on numerous issues, to recommend policy changes in USDA regulations, or to change or enact legislation is available to each ACSA member  the opportunity to participate fully in the affairs of ACSA.

Chairman’s Biography

Tim North

Tim North entered the cotton business Dec 1978 joining Weil Brothers-Cotton as management trainee.

January 1983 moved to South America to establish operations for Weil in Paraguay and to develop Weil’s South American business.

Returned U.S. to Weil head office December 1988 to oversee Weil’s South American business

Became Senior Vice President for Weil Brothers-Cotton, Inc. in 2004 in charge of Weil’s Non-U.S. operations and overseeing Pima U.S. and C/A operations.

December 2009 joined Ecom cotton group in Dallas, Texas

Became co-CEO of Ecom, USA in January 2016

March 2019 re-located to Pully, Switzerland for Ecom as Global Head of Merchandising

Tim has served the industry in the following capacities:

  • President of Western Cotton Shippers Association – 2016-2018
  • Chairman of American Cotton Shippers Association 2019/20
  • Service on the boards of Cotton Council international and the U.S. National Cotton Council
  • 2nd Vice President of ICA

President’s Biography

William H. “Buddy” Allen

William H. “Buddy” Allen became the President/CEO of American Cotton Shippers Association on January 1, 2019. Mr. Allen also serves as Secretary/Treasurer of the American Cotton Exporters Association as well as the World Cotton Exporters Association.

After earning his degree from the University of Mississippi, Mr. Allen gained Capitol Hill experience from both the Office of United States Senator Thad Cochran and his involvement in The Macon Edwards Company, a government affairs firm, where he provided service to ACSA. He is a partner in A&J Planting Company, a vertically integrated agribusiness in Tunica, Mississippi.

Mr. Allen is a native of Belzoni, Mississippi and resides in Tunica, Mississippi. He is married to the former Allison Johnson and they have three daughters.

Officers and


  • Tim North, Chairman, ECOM USA, Inc.
  • William Barksdale, First Vice-Chairman, Cargill Cotton
  • H. Thomas Hayden, Jr., Second Vice-Chairman, Allenberg Cotton Company
  • Raymond Faus, Past Chairman, Omnicotton, Inc.
  • William H. Jones, III, Treasurer, Allenberg Cotton Company
  • William H. Allen, ACSA President & CEO
  • James L. Loeb, Loeb and Co., Inc.
  • Thomas McMeekin, McMeeking Cotton, LLC
  • John Stevens, ECOM USA, Inc.
  • John Romines, Olam Cotton
  • Sam Clay, Toyo Cotton Company
  • Craig Stevens, Allenberg Cotton Company
  • Richard L. Clarke, III, Cargill Cotton
  • Eduardo Esteve, ECOM USA, Inc.
  • Jeff Johnson, Allenberg Cotton Company
  • Jordan Lea, DECA International, LLC
  • Joseph T. Nicosia, Allenberg Cotton Company
  • Ernst D. Schroeder, Jr., Jess Smith & Sons Cotton, LLC
  • Azeez Syed, Olam Cotton
  • Bobby Walton, Walcot Trading Company, LLC

Become a Member

Application for membership in ACSA is handled through the four federated associations of ACSA, which represent the seventeen states throughout the cotton belt. Upon joining ACSA as a Merchant, Primary Buyer or Mill Service Agent member, you also become a member of the National Cotton Council.