2014 Skilled Trades Support Award of Excellence
C.J. O'Mara was born in Buffalo, New York, and raised in West Palm Beach, Florida. While he was not raised around agriculture as a child, he worked on a corn farm in Georgia as a teenager. He decided to attend Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College and to major in animal science and livestock health, then to attend the University of Georgia, graduating with an animal and dairy science degree.
After graduation he worked at a farm with purebred Angus cattle before starting work at the J. Phil Campbell Sr. Research and Education Center in 2006, managing the cattle herd.
He married his wife, Nicole, in 2005 and they welcomed their sons, Connor, in 2008 and Ayden, in 2011. They currently live in Colbert.