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AgGateway announces 2017 board of directors and leadership

AgGateway has announced its leadership for the coming year, including the directors of its new Strategic Board and Operational Board, as well as leaders of the eight councils working within the organization. The non-profit organization, which now has more than 230 member companies, is moving into its 12th year in successfully promoting, enabling and expanding eBusiness in agriculture.

In January, AgGateway launches a new organizational structure designed to better accommodate its significant growth in recent years. The new structure allows council leadership to focus on operational activities of their councils, while providing for a board focused on overall strategic planning and management (Strategic Board) and a complementary board focused on day-to-day organizational operations (Operational Board).

“This new structure accommodates our growth and better positions us for a vibrant future in enabling eConnectivity,” said AgGateway President and CEO Wendy Smith. “We have an exemplary slate of directors and leaders moving into 2017, and I’m excited about the sharpened focus we’ll be able to give to increasing eConnectivity in the ag industry. AgGateway and its members thank these individuals and the companies they work for, which have recognized how essential eConnectivity is to the ongoing success of the ag industry.”

2017 Strategic Board of Directors
  • Chair: Doug Mills, Chief Information Officer, The Mosaic Company
  • David Black, Senior Vice President and CIO, CHS Inc. (Past Board Chair)
  • Dan Willey, Chief Information Officer, Wilbur-Ellis
  • Dennis Daggett, Senior Vice President, ProAg Management
  • Doug Farrington, Head of Information Systems Business Partnering, Syngenta
  • Jeff Belding, Business Excellence Champion, RiceTec
  • Mark Trostle, Director, Global Registrations and & Regulatory Affairs, Agrium/CPS
  • Teddy Bekele, Vice President, IT, for WinField/Land O’Lakes
  • Tim McArdle, Chief Operating Officer, Brandt Consolidated
  • Wendy Smith, President & CEO, AgGateway
2017 Operational Board
  • Jeff Griffeth, Co-Alliance, LLP (Ag Retail Council)
  • Randy Kasparbauer, John Deere, (Allied Providers Council)
  • Mike Carrabine, International Raw Materials LTD (Crop Nutrition Council)
  • Stephanie Frazier, Dow AgroSciences (Crop Protection Council)
  • Mike Thronson, Heartland Cooperative (Grain & Feed Council)
  • Aaron Berger, AgSense (Precision Ag Council)
  • Randy Fry, Ceres Solutions (Seed Council)
  • Sarah Moster, BASF Corporation (Specialty Chemical Council)
  • Brent Kemp, Executive VP and COO, AgGateway
The 2017 Council Leadership

Ag Retail Council
Eric Hoefing, ACS, Chair
Natasha Lily, Effingham Equity, Vice-Chair

Allied Providers Council
Jody Costa, Barcoding Inc., Chair
Steve Daigle, Elemica, Vice-Chair

Crop Nutrition Council
Tammy Creswell, The J.R. Simplot Co., Chair
Marge Nerness, United Suppliers, Vice-Chair

Crop Protection Council
Alissa Allard, Wilbur-Ellis, Chair
Julie Benick, Winfield, Vice-Chair

Grain & Feed Council
Phil Kubesh, Vita-Plus, Chair
Rich Adams, Key Cooperative, Vice-Chair

Precision Ag Council
Jeremy Wilson, Crop IMS, Chair
Ben Craker, AGCO, Vice-Chair

Seed Council
Ann Vande Lune, Key Cooperative, Chair
Anthony James, Syngenta, Vice-Chair

Specialty Chemical Council
Carol Contino, ‎Bayer CropScience, Chair
Theresa Smith, BASF Corporation, Vice-Chair

In addition, AgGateway announced that its 2017 Mid-Year Meeting will be held June 12-15 at Prairie Meadows in Altoona, Iowa; and its 2017 Annual Conference will be held November 6-9 at the Hilton San Diego Resort and Spa.

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