Officers and Staff

EXECUTIVE OFFICERS

Gary Beachner Gary Beachner Erik Wilkey Gary Beachner
Chairman
Gary Beachner
Beachner Grain Inc.
Parsons, KS
First Vice Chairman
John Heck
The Scoular Co.
Omaha, Neb.
Second Vice Chairman
Eric Wilkey
Arizona Grain
Casa Grande, Az.
Immediate Past Chairman
David Hoogmoed
Purina Animal Nutrition LLC
Shoreview, MN

 

NGFA Executive Committee

Executive Committee

First Name Last Name Company Title City State
David Baudler Cargill Inc. President Wayzata MN
Gary Beachner Beachner Grain Inc. President & CEO Parsons KS
Greg Beck CGB Enterprises Inc. Vice President, Grain Division Covington LA
Chris Boerm Archer Daniels Midland Company President, Grain Group Decatur IL
Steve Campbell Louis Dreyfus Commodities Executive Vice President – Head of North American Grains Kansas City MO
Thomas Coyle Nidera US LLC General Manager Chicago IL
Geoff Finch Wenger’s Feed Mill Inc. President and Chief Operations Officer Rheems PA
John Fletcher Central Missouri AGRIService LLC General Manager Marshall MO
Roger Fray West Central Cooperative Executive Vice President Ralston IA
Randall Gordon National Grain and Feed Association President Washington DC
John Heck The Scoular Company Senior Vice President Omaha NE
David Hoogmoed Purina Animal Nutrition LLC Executive Vice President, Land O’Lakes and Chief Operating Officer Arden Hills MN
Diana Klemme Grain Service Corporation Vice President Atlanta GA
Todd Lafferty Wheeler Brothers Grain Co. Vice President and General Counsel Watonga OK
Dan Mack CHS Vice President, Transportation Saint Paul MN
Ryan Pellett J.D. Heiskell & Co. President and Chief Executive Officer Elkhorn NE
Hal Reed The Andersons Inc. Chief Operating Officer Maumee OH
Eric Wilkey Arizona Grain Inc. President Casa Grande AZ

Last updated: April 14, 2015

NGFA Board of Directors

Board of Directors

First Name Last Name Company Title City State
Travis Antonsen South Dakota Wheat Growers Assn. Producer Marketing Manager Aberdeen SD
Keith Bailey AgVentures NW LLC Chief Executive Officer Odessa WA
Augusto Bassanini United Grain Corporation President and CEO Vancouver WA
David Baudler Cargill Inc. President Wayzata MN
Gary Beachner Beachner Grain Inc. President & CEO Parsons KS
Beth Bechdol Agribusiness Council of Indiana/Indiana Grain and Feed Association President Indianapolis IN
Greg Beck CGB Enterprises Inc. Vice President, Grain Division Covington LA
James Black Maplehurst Farms General Manager Rochelle IL
Chris Boerm Archer Daniels Midland Company President, Grain Group Decatur IL
Robert Bond FGDI LLC, A division of AGREX Inc. Franklin TN
Chris Breedlove Willacy Co-op Manager Raymondville TX
Tom Bressner Wisconsin Agri-Business Association Executive Director Madison WI
JoAnn Brouillette Demeter LP Partner Fowler IN
Steve Campbell Louis Dreyfus Commodities Executive Vice President – Head of North American Grains Kansas City MO
Sharon Clark Perdue AgriBusiness LLC Sr. VP, Transportation & Regulatory Affairs Salisbury MD
Jerry Cope Dakota Mill and Grain Inc. Vice President, Marketing Rapid City SD
Thomas Coyle Nidera US LLC General Manager Chicago IL
CC Craig Farmers Grain Terminal Inc. Vice President-Grain Merchandising Greenville MS
Mitch Dawson MFA Incorporated Director of Grain Operations Columbia MO
James Dell Interstate Mills LLC General Manager Owatonna MN
Dan DeRouchey Berthold Farmers Elevator LLC General Manager Berthold ND
Steven Domm Fremar LLC/Central Farmers Cooperative General Manager Marion SD
Scott Dubbelde Farmers Cooperative Elevator Co. General Manager Hanley Falls MN
Geoff Finch Wenger’s Feed Mill Inc. President and Chief Operations Officer Rheems PA
John Fletcher Central Missouri AGRIService LLC General Manager Marshall MO
Roger Fray West Central Cooperative Executive Vice President Ralston IA
Gary Gantz D. E. Bondurant Grain Co. Inc. President Ness City KS
Matt Gibson Bunge North America Inc. Vice President, General Manager, Grain Division Saint Louis MO
Scott Gower Riceland Foods Inc. Vice President-Commodity Operations Stuttgart AR
Jarvis Haugeberg DakotaLand Feeds LLC General Manager Huron SD
John Heck The Scoular Company Senior Vice President Omaha NE
David Hoogmoed Purina Animal Nutrition LLC Executive Vice President, Land O’Lakes and Chief Operating Officer Arden Hills MN
Kyle Jeworski Viterra President and CEO of North America Regina SK
Jerald Kemmerer Pride Ag Resources CEO & General Manager Dodge City KS
Matthew Kerrigan Bunge North America Inc. District Operations Manager Destrehan LA
Diana Klemme Grain Service Corporation Vice President Atlanta GA
Robert Knief Bartlett Grain Company L.P. President Kansas City MO
Greg Konsor Gavilon Grain LLC General Manager, Grain Operations Omaha NE
Bill Krueger Lansing Ethanol Services, LLC President Overland Park KS
Todd Lafferty Wheeler Brothers Grain Co. Vice President and General Counsel Watonga OK
Dan Mack CHS Vice President, Transportation Saint Paul MN
Michael Meyers APEX Director of Wheat By-Products Hamburg NY
Jim Moore Southern States Cooperative Inc. Vice President, Feed Merchandising & Operations Richmond VA
Chad Nagel Nagel Farm Services Inc. Manager of Trading Wye Mills MD
Robert Nawrot Central States Enterprises Inc. President Heathrow FL
Michael Orgas Green Plains Renewable Energy Inc. Executive Vice President, Commercial Operations Omaha NE
Hugh Parker Ingredion Incorporated Director, Commodities Purchasing Westchester IL
Ryan Pellett J.D. Heiskell & Co. President and Chief Executive Officer Elkhorn NE
Sonny Perdue AGrowStar Founding Partner Davisboro GA
Hal Reed The Andersons Inc. Chief Operating Officer Maumee OH
Mark Reisinger Dupont Pioneer Global Grain Trade Lead, Biotech & Regulatory Affairs Johnston IA
John Ripple Morrow County Grain Growers Inc. General Manager Lexington OR
Kris Roberts Tate and Lyle Ingredients Americas Inc. Vice President, US Corn Procurement Decatur IL
Carl Schwinke Siemer Milling Company Vice President, Grain Supply Teutopolis IL
Margerie Sedam Pacific Northwest Grain & Feed Association Director Portland OR
John Skelley West Plains LLC President Kansas City MO
Benjamin Smith Attebury Grain LLC Managing Director Amarillo TX
Bruce Sutherland Michigan Agricultural Commodities Vice President Lansing MI
Will Waters Harris-Crane Inc. Principal and Vice Preesident Clinton NC
Kevin Whitehall Central Washington Grain Growers Inc. General Manager Waterville WA
Eric Wilkey Arizona Grain Inc. President Casa Grande AZ
Don Woodburn Ag Processing Inc. Sr. Director of Marketing Omaha NE
Steve Young Grainland Cooperative Grain Merchandiser Holyoke CO

Last updated: April 14, 2015

 

NGFA STAFF

Randy Gordon, President

Randall Gordon

President

Randy was elected as the NGFA’s top executive staff officer in September 2012, after having served as acting president since October 2011 upon the retirement of former President Kendell Keith. As chief operating officer, he is responsible for implementing the policies of the Board of Directors and for planning, coordinating and implementing the NGFA’s programs, services and budget. Prior to assuming his current responsibilities, he had served as vice president of communications and government relations since 1987. In that capacity, Randy had overall communications responsibility, and his government relations duties involved working with the Food and Drug Administration, U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Department of Homeland Security and other federal agencies. He authored and edited the NGFA Newsletter, NGFA E-Alerts and other publications, and worked with the print and broadcast media to convey the NGFA’s policy views.

He joined the NGFA’s staff in 1978. A Nebraska native, he received an undergraduate degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in journalism, history and political science. He received the distinguished service award from the Association of American Feed Control Officials in 1999 and the Food and Drug Administration’s Collaboration Award in 2005.

Randy is the staff person to contact if you need information on:

  • Agroterrorism and Facility Security
  • Association of Grain Regulatory Officials
  • Country elevators
  • Department of Homeland Security
  • Food and Drug Administration Historical NGFA structure/committees NGFA policies and positions
  • Surface Transportation Board Transportation issues
  • Warehousing issues
Todd Kemp, Vice President of Marketing and Treasurer

Todd Kemp

Vice President of Marketing and Treasurer

Todd was promoted to vice president of marketing in March 2012 after having served as director since 1997. He was elected corporate treasurer in 2000. He is responsible for the overall management and direction of the NGFA’s membership recruitment, development and retention programs. He is principal staff liaison to the Membership and Marketing Committee, Risk Management Committee and Finance and Administration Committee. He also spearheads the marketing of NGFA products and services. Todd joined the NGFA’s staff in 1991 as director of legislative affairs. Before that, he worked for the Agency for International Development, as a budget analyst at USDA and as legislative assistant for then-Sen. Nancy Landon Kassebaum-Baker, R-Kan. A Kansas native, he is a graduate of Kansas State University, with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics and a masters in business administration.

Todd is the staff person to contact if you need information on:

  • Commodity Futures/Exchanges
  • Commodity Futures Trading Commission
  • Dues investment
  • Membership recruitment/retention
  • Meeting sponsorships
  • NGFA Trade Show
  • Membership benefits and services
  • Membership categories
  • Risk management
David Fairfield, Vice President of Feed Services

David Fairfield

Vice President of Feed Services

David was promoted to vice president of feed services in March 2012, after having served as director since joining the staff in 2001. He manages the NGFA’s activities pertaining to feed and feed ingredient manufacturing, and livestock/poultry integrator operations. Among other things, he directs the NGFA’s highly acclaimed Model Feed Quality Assurance Program and distance-learning courses, and other feed-related educational and training programs. He also assists in membership recruitment and retention programs for the feed sector, and provides assistance to Affiliated Associations in addressing feed-related issues at the state level. He is the principal staff liaison to the Feed Legislative and Regulatory Affairs Committee and Feed Manufacturing and Technology Committee, and is a staff liaison to the Biofuels and Co-Products Committee. Dave joined the staff after 20 years as a manager of feed mills for Cargill Inc.’s Nutrena Feed Division; Continental Grain Co.’s Wayne Feed Division and Animal Nutrition Division; and Hubbard Feeds Inc. He was recipient of Feed Management Magazine’s Feed Mill of the Year Award in 2000 and a four-time recipient of the former Continental Grain Co.’s Quality Top Achiever Award. A Kansas native, he is a magna cum laude graduate in feed science and management from Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kan., and was recognized as a Kansas scholar.

David is the staff person to contact if you need information on:

  • Association of American Feed Control Officials
  • Biofuels co-products
  • Environmental issues (feed mills)
  • Feed ingredients
  • Feed manufacturing
  • Feed mill operations
  • Feed safety and quality systems
  • Food and Drug Administration
  • Safety Issues (feedmills)
  • State Feed Regulatory Agencies
Charles Delacruz, Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary

Charles Delacruz

Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary

Charlie was promoted to vice president in March 2012, and is the NGFA’s in-house legal counsel and corporate secretary. In this capacity, he administers the association’s arbitration system and works with the Trade Rules Committee. He also is principal staff liaison to the Arbitration Appeals Panel, Legal Council, Rail Arbitration Rules Committee and Trade Rules Committee. He has an extensive background in business law and private legal practice serving clients in the food industry. Prior to joining the NGFA’s staff in 2002, he was an attorney with a consulting firm – EHA Consulting Group Inc., Baltimore, Md. – providing services for Fortune 500 food industry clients on regulatory, import-export, safety and quality, and business and litigation issues.

A Virginia native, Delacruz is a magna cum laude graduate of James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Va., with degrees in history and political science. He received his law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law in Charlottesville, Va., where among other things he was an editor of the Virginia Journal of International Law.

Charlie is the staff person to contact if you need information on:

  • Arbitration/Rules and procedures
  • Contracts issues
  • Legal issues
  • Trade Rules
Jess McCluer, Director of Safety and Regulatory Affairs

Jess McCluer

Director of Safety and Regulatory Affairs

Jess manages NGFA’s wide-ranging operational programs concerning employee safety and industrial health, environmental issues, grain-handling facility design and equipment, and grain inspection and weighing issues. He is principal staff liaison to the Safety, Health and Environmental Quality Committee, Grain Grades and Weights Committee, Biotechnology Committee, and Agroterrorism and Facility Security Committee.

He joined NGFA’s staff in 2007 after serving since April 2003 as a program analyst at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Office of Outreach Services and Alliances. In that capacity, he worked with trade associations, professional societies, academia, unions and government agencies to coordinate the implementation of national alliances and the development of compliance assistance resources. He was honored twice – in 2003 and 2005 – as recipient of the Secretary of Labor’s Exceptional Achievement Award. Before joining OSHA, McCluer served from 1999-2003 as manager of government affairs for the Shipbuilders Council of America, overseeing the association’s Safety, Environmental and Human Resources Committees.

McCluer was staff assistant for both the Dole/Kemp ’96 presidential campaign and the 1996 Republican National Committee convention. A native of Dallas, Texas, he was graduated from Texas A&M University with degrees in political science and international studies. He also received a master’s degree in political management from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

Jess is the staff person to contact if you need information on:

  • Environmental issues
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Facility design, operations and security
  • Fires and explosions
  • Fumigants and pesticides
  • Grain inspection, weighing
  • Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards
  • Administration
  • Grain quality
  • National Conference on Weights and Measures
  • Occupational Safety and Health Administration
  • Operations/technical issues
  • Safety and health issues
  • Sanitary/phytosanitary regulation
  • Toxins, contaminants
Max Fisher, Director of Economics and Government Relations

Max Fisher

Director of Economics

and Government Relations

Max Fisher is NGFA’s director of economics and government relations – a newly created position.

Fisher joined NGFA after serving for the past two years as chief economist for the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, where he worked for Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., while he was the committee’s Ranking Minority Member. While serving on the Senate staff, he provided comprehensive analyses of commodity, conservation, crop insurance and nutrition programs. He also conducted cost-benefit analysis forecasting and comparative analysis of federal policy proposals. In addition, he interacted extensively with the Congressional Budget Office, Senate Budget Committee and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Office of the Chief Economist.

At the NGFA, Fisher will provide economic analyses and policy input on a wide range of legislative and regulatory issues affecting the grain, feed, grain and oilseed processing, and export sectors, including agricultural policy; international trade agreements; futures market regulation and measures designed to enhance customer protection; safety and environmental rulemakings; and rail and waterway transportation.

Fisher grew up on a grain and livestock farm in south-central Kansas that his family still owns and operates. He received his undergraduate degree in agricultural business from Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kan., and a master’s degree in agricultural economics from Texas A&M, in College Station, Texas.

Contact Max for information on:

  • Economic analyses and policy input
  • Regulation

 

Director of Communications

Contact the Director of Communications for:

  • NGFA Newsletter and other publications
  • Media inquiries
  • Information requests
  • Social media

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Rebecca Grubbs, Director, Meetings and Event Marketing

Rebecca Grubbs

Director, Meetings and Event Marketing

Rebecca is responsible for managing the selection of meeting sites and hotels for NGFA conventions, conferences, seminars and committee meetings, as well as coordinating other events. She also provides executive staff support to the NGFA president.

Prior to joining the NGFA’s staff, Grubbs was catering sales and conference services manager for the Melrose Hotel in Washington, where she sold catering service and hotel meeting space to corporate, association and other clients. Prior to that, she was sales manager for two other Washington-based catering firms during the period of 2003-08.

She received an undergraduate degree in English and political science (with honors) from Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pa. She is a certified professional catering executive, and a member of the National Association of Catering Executives.

Contact Rebecca for:

  • Directory advertising
  • Meeting and event sponsorship
  • Feed and Pet Food Joint Conference
  • Other NGFA conferences and seminars
  • NGFA Board of Directors and committee meetings
  • NGFA conventions
  • NGFA Country Elevator Conference
Tamela Elliott, Sr. Manager of Business Operations

Tamela Elliott

Sr. Manager of Business Operations

Tammy maintains the Association’s accounting functions and records. She analyzes financial and statistical information, prepares financial reports, monitors investments, and processes invoices and requisitions. She also formats the NGFA Newsletter, Directory/Yearbook and other publications.

Tammy joined the NGFA’s staff in 1998 after serving seven years as an administrative specialist and technical support representative for a private contractor for the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Her responsibilities included preparing documents and graphics for reports, conferences and seminars; managing the firm’s web site; and serving as office manager. Prior to that, she worked as a summer intern for the General Services Administration’s Inspector General’s Office. She attended Frostburg (Md.) State University, where her course work focused on accounting.

Contact Tammy for:

  • Invoices and payments Publications, audio/visual orders General NGFA office questions
Faith Silvers, Manager, Database/Member Services

Faith Silvers

Manager, Database/Member Services

Faith manages the NGFA’s membership database and assists the director of marketing/treasurer in membership-recruitment and retention programs. She also serves as registrar for NGFA conventions, conferences and seminars, and assists in coordinating the NGFA Trade Show conducted in conjunction with the annual December Country Elevator Conference.

She joined the NGFA’s staff in June 2008 with more than 15 years’ experience in office administration and management, including event planning, membership coordination and customer service. Most recently, she spent 10 years as membership coordinator and database manager for the National Consumers League, where she also was involved in membership recruitment, database management, sponsorships and fund-raising initiatives. Prior to that, Faith served nine years with the Computer and Communications Industry Association, the last four of which were spent as its manager of event planning and information services. She attended the College of Charleston (S.C.), and the Northern Virginia Community College.

Contact Faith for:

  • Changing membership records in NGFA database
  • Membership materials
  • Membership rosters
  • Convention and conference registration
  • NGFA Trade Show
Mary Hitchcock, Manager of Arbitration/Mediation Services

Mary Hitchcock

Manager of Arbitration/Mediation Services

Mary is NGFA Manager of Arbitration/Mediation Services. Before joining NGFA, Hitchcock was a business development manager at Cirrus Pharmaceuticals in Durham, N.C. In addition, she has served as an office manager for Country Squire Realty in New York and was an administrative assistant to the chief executive officer at Silicon Solar in New York. She received bachelor of science degree in psychology from Le Moyne College in Syracuse, N.Y.

Contact Mary for:

  • Arbitration: Rules and procedures
  • Status of arbitration cases
Chanel Skinner, Executive Administrative Assistant

Chanel Skinner

Executive Administrative Assistant

Chanel Skinner comes to NGFA after having served as a private contractor in the Washington area for the past decade, during which she did project work for the National Academies of Science, U.S. Commerce Department, the Federal Reserve, the U.S. District Court and Walter Reed Army Medical Center – among others.

She provides administrative support to Director of Legislative Affairs and Public Policy Jared Hill and Senior Manager of Business Operations Tammy Elliott. Among other duties, Skinner will assist in arranging meetings with members of Congress and their staffs; manage the day-to-day operations of the Grain and Feed Political Action Committee; assist in distributing communications on NGFA legislative policies and activities to NGFA committees and members, allied organizations and other external audiences; and organize meetings and events with allied organizations on NGFA public policy initiatives. She also will provide support for maintaining financial and human resource records.

Jacqueline Congress, Mailroom Manager/Telephone Receptionist

Jacqueline Congress

Mailroom Manager/Telephone Receptionist

Jackie is responsible for the operation of the Association’s mail room. She processes and distributes incoming correspondence. She mails the NGFA Newsletter, other publications and audio-visual materials, committee correspondence and other documents. She fills publication and audio/visual orders. Jackie also is the NGFA’s principal telephone receptionist, and assists in ordering office supplies. Prior to joining the NGFA’s staff in 1988, she worked as a stenographer for a reporting service and for an insurance company in records processing and mail operations.

Contact Jackie for:

  • Inbound/outgoing faxes, mailings Status of publication orders