Our 2023 Sunflower Award winner started his career in our industry nearly 50 years ago as a grain merchandiser in Decatur, Illinois after graduating from Millikin University with a business administration degree in 1974.
Early in his career, he was instrumental in Archer Daniels Midland’s successful expansion and acquisitions of Smoot Grain Company and Collingwood Grain in the late 1970s and 1980s.
In April of 1997, he was asked to join ADM’s milling division in Overland Park as their cash wheat procurement specialist for all of the ADM milling flour mills. During this time, he was also active with the Kansas City Board of Trade as well as ADM Milling, handling risk management of wheat and flour trading.
In 2001, he became vice president of ADM Milling, leading the organization in wheat procurement and risk management, a position he held for more than a decade before retiring in May of 2012.
During his career, he was, and still is, an articulate, in-depth intellectual, serving as a board member of the Kansas City Board of Trade, chairman of our legislative committee and also the chairman of our arbitration committee, chairman of Midwest Management Solutions, a director of two condominium boards, and of course, serving on the Kansas Grain and Feed Association board of directors in the 1990s, with a term as our chairman from 1992-93.
We would like to also recognize and thank his wife, Sue, for covertly putting in the work to provide us with his biography.