Officers and Staff



Gary Beachner Erik Wilkey baudler Gary Beachner
John Heck
The Scoular Company
Omaha, Neb.
First Vice Chairman
Eric Wilkey
Arizona Grain
Casa Grande, Az.
Second Vice Chairman
David Baudler
Cargill Inc.
Minneapolis, Minn.
Immediate Past Chairman
Gary Beachner
Beachner Grain Inc.
Parsons, KS


NGFA Executive Committee

Executive Committee

Organization Name First Name Last Name Title City State/Territory
The Andersons Inc. James Banachowski Vice President and General Manager Maumee OH
Cargill Inc. David Baudler Managing Dir., Grain – Cargill Ag Supply Chain N.A. Wayzata MN
Beachner Grain Inc. Gary Beachner President & CEO Parsons KS
Archer Daniels Midland Company Chris Boerm President, Global Transportation Decatur IL
Louis Dreyfus Company B.V. Steve Campbell Executive Vice President – Head of North American Grains Kansas City MO
COFCO International Thomas Coyle General Manager Chicago IL
Central Missouri AGRIService LLC John Fletcher General Manager Marshall MO
Landus Cooperative Roger Fray Executive Vice President Ralston IA
Bunge North America Inc. Matt Gibson Vice President, General Manager, Grain Division Saint Louis MO
National Grain and Feed Association Randall Gordon President Washington DC
The Scoular Company John Heck Senior Vice President Omaha NE
Purina Animal Nutrition LLC David Hoogmoed Executive Vice President, Land O’Lakes and Chief Operating Officer Arden Hills MN
Grain Service Corporation Diana Klemme Vice President Atlanta GA
Grain Craft Alan Koenig Chief Supply Chain Officer Chattanooga TN
Wheeler Brothers Grain Co. Todd Lafferty Co-Chief Executive Officer Watonga OK
CHS Dan Mack Vice President, Transportation and Terminal Operations, Ag Business N.A. Saint Paul MN
J.D. Heiskell & Co. Ryan Pellett President and Chief Executive Officer Elkhorn NE
Arizona Grain Inc. Eric Wilkey President Casa Grande AZ

Last updated: March 18, 2016

NGFA Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Travis Antonsen Producer Marketing Manager South Dakota Wheat Growers Assn Aberdeen SD
Matt Ashton Sr. Vice President – Grain Central Valley Ag Cooperative York NE
Keith Bailey Chief Executive Officer AgVentures NW LLC Odessa WA
James Banachowski Vice President and General Manager The Andersons Inc. Maumee OH
Augusto Bassanini President and CEO United Grain Corporation Vancouver WA
David Baudler Managing Dir., Grain – Cargill Ag Supply Chain N.A. Cargill Inc. Wayzata MN
Gary Beachner President & CEO Beachner Grain Inc. Parsons KS
Chris Boerm President, Global Transportation Archer Daniels Midland Company Decatur IL
Robert Bond AGREX Inc. Franklin TN
JoAnn Brouillette President Demeter LP Fowler IN
Jeremy Burkhart Multi-Commodities & Project Manager CHS SunPrairie Minot ND
James Byrum President/Secretary Treasurer Michigan Agri-Business Association E. Lansing MI
Steve Campbell EVP – Head of N.A. Grains Louis Dreyfus Company B.V. Kansas City MO
Sharon Clark Sr. VP, Transportation & Regulatory Affairs Perdue AgriBusiness LLC Salisbury MD
Charles Colbert Sr. Exec. VP and Chief Trading Officer Zen-Noh Grain Corp. Covington LA
Jerry Cope Vice President, Marketing Dakota Mill and Grain Inc. Rapid City SD
Thomas Coyle General Manager COFCO International Chicago IL
CC Craig Vice President-Grain Merchandising Farmers Grain Terminal Inc. Greenville MS
Mitch Dawson Director of Grain Operations MFA Incorporated Columbia MO
Scott Docherty General Manager Topflight Grain Cooperative Monticello IL
John Every General Manager – Vita Plus Loyal VP Holdings Corp. and Subsidiaries Loyal WI
Chris Faust Regional Vice President Gavilon Grain LLC Omaha NE
John Fletcher General Manager Central Missouri AGRIService LLC Marshall MO
Roger Fray Executive Vice President Landus Cooperative Ralston IA
Gary Gantz President D. E. Bondurant Grain Co. Inc. Ness City KS
Matt Gibson VP, GM, Grain Division Bunge North America Inc. Saint Louis MO
Brian Gordon Chief Executive Officer Ritzville Warehouse Co. Ritzville WA
Scott Gower VP-Commodity Operations Riceland Foods Inc. Stuttgart AR
Phil Greene Director of Commodities Foster Commodities Fresno CA
Jeffrey Hainline Risk Management Advisor Advance Trading Inc. Bloomington IL
Jarvis Haugeberg VP Operations and Marketing Form A Feed Stewart MN
John Heck Senior Vice President The Scoular Company Omaha NE
Rex Holstein VP Commodity Purchasing Tyson Foods Springdale AR
David Hoogmoed EVP, Land O’Lakes and COO Purina Animal Nutrition LLC Arden Hills MN
Kyle Jeworski President and CEO of North America Viterra Regina SK
Robert Jones Managing Director Wells Fargo Securities LLC Chicago IL
Joe Kapraun Business Relationship Manager-Grain GROWMARK Inc. Bloomington IL
Jerald Kemmerer CEO & General Manager Pride Ag Resources Dodge City KS
Diana Klemme Vice President Grain Service Corporation Atlanta GA
Robert Knief President Bartlett Grain Company L.P. Kansas City MO
Alan Koenig Chief Supply Chain Officer Grain Craft Chattanooga TN
Barb Kraft Human Resources Director Landus Cooperative Ralston IA
Lynn Krueger Manager US Purchasing, Commodities Ingredion Incorporated Westchester IL
Todd Lafferty Co-Chief Executive Officer Wheeler Brothers Grain Co. Watonga OK
Dan Mack VP, Transportation and Terminal Ops, Ag Business N.A. CHS Saint Paul MN
Ryan McCoy President, Grain CoMark Grain Marketing LLC Cheney KS
Michael Meyers Director of Wheat By-Products APEX Hamburg NY
Jim Moore Vice President, Feed Division Southern States Cooperative Inc. Richmond VA
Chad Nagel Manager of Trading Nagel Farm Services Inc. Wye Mills MD
Steven Nail President & CEO Farmers Grain Terminal Inc. Greenville MS
Chris Peha General Manager Northwest Grain Growers Inc. Walla Walla WA
Ryan Pellett President and Chief Executive Officer J.D. Heiskell & Co. Elkhorn NE
Rand Schafer Co-Owner/General Manager Lortscher Agri Service Inc. Bern KS
Chris Schaffer Vice President, Export Marketing Ag Processing Inc. Omaha NE
Ted Schultz Chief Operating Officer Team Marketing Alliance LLC Moundridge KS
Carl Schwinke Vice President, Grain Supply Siemer Milling Company Teutopolis IL
Benjamin Smith Managing Director Attebury Grain LLC Amarillo TX
Jerry Stephenson Nat’l Sales Manager, Dried Products & Molasses Westway Feed Products Inc. Tomball TX
Bruce Sutherland President Michigan Agricultural Commodities Lansing MI
Jeff Van Pevenage CEO/President Columbia Grain Inc. Portland OR
Will Waters Principal and Vice President Harris-Crane Inc. Clinton NC
Eric Wilkey President Arizona Grain Inc. Casa Grande AZ
Robert Zelenka Executive Director Minnesota Grain and Feed Assn Eagan MN

Last updated: March 24, 2016



Randy Gordon, President

Randall Gordon


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, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Treasurer

Todd Kemp

Senior 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, Senior Vice President of Feed Services

David Fairfield

Senior 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, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary

Charles Delacruz

Senior 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, Vice President, Safety and Regulatory Affairs

Jess McCluer

Vice President, 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
Rebecca Grubbs, Director, Meetings and Marketing

Rebecca Grubbs

Director, Meetings and Marketing

Rebecca supervises and manages the logistical and contractual arrangements, planning, and execution for the Association’s meetings, conferences, and special events. Rebecca also manages all marketing campaigns including meeting branding, and print, web, and email communications and creates and executes all aspects of the Association’s sponsorship plan. Additionally, Rebecca oversees the Committee Apprentice Program and Next Generation Agribusiness Leaders program, the Association’s two initiatives aimed at engaging early-career members in professional development and networking.

Prior to joining NGFA in 2010, Rebecca 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.

Rebecca is a native of the Washington, DC area and received an undergraduate degree in English and political science from Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pa.

Contact Rebecca for:

  • NGFA Annual Convention
  • NGFA Country Elevator Conference
  • NGFA Board of Directors and committee meetings
  • Other NGFA conferences and seminars
  • Meeting and event sponsorship
  • Committee Apprentice Program
  • Next Generation Agribusiness Leaders (NextGen) program
  • Directory advertising
Bobby Frederick, Director of Legislative Affairs and Public Policy

Bobby Frederick

Director, Legislative Affairs and Public Policy

Bobby Frederick is NGFA’s director of legislative affairs and public policy.

Frederick previously held a position as legislative director for Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Ill., serving as his lead staff member for agricultural biotechnology and research issues, as well as rail, waterway and surface transportation policy.

Frederick has more than 11 years of experience on Capitol Hill, having previously worked as senior legislative assistant for then-Rep. Tim Johnson, R-Ill., and as acting chief of staff and legislative director for then-Rep. Bobby Schilling, R-Ill.

As NGFA director of legislative affairs and public policy, Frederick serves as the Association’s principal policy advocate on Capitol Hill, and is intimately involved in developing and executing the association’s overall legislative strategy. He is the lead staff member on agricultural biotechnology issues, and serves as principal staff liaison to NGFA’s Biotechnology Committee.  He also leads NGFA’s staff efforts on inland waterway and port issues, and serves as principal staff liaison to the Waterborne Commerce Committee. In addition, he is responsible for operating Grain and Feed PAC.

A native of Champaign, Ill., Frederick received his undergraduate degree with a major in political science from DePauw University in Indiana, and received a certificate in political management and political action committees from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

Sarah Gonzalez, Director of Communications and Digital Media

Sarah Gonzalez

Director, Communications and Digital Media

Sarah is responsible for media relations, digital and social media, and member communications for NGFA.

Prior to joining NGFA in 2015, she was an associate editor for the agricultural publication Agri-Pulse in Washington from 2011-2015. At Agri-Pulse, she gained extensive reporting, writing and video news interview experience focusing on a wide range of agricultural issues.

A native of Elburn, Ill., Gonzalez earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism at Iowa State University. She wrote extensively for the Iowa State Daily, worked in the Public Relations/Marketing Department of the Iowa State Daily, and served as communications intern for the Iowa State Agricultural Extension Service before joining Agri-Pulse.

Contact Sarah for:

  • NGFA Newsletter and other publications
  • Media inquiries
  • Information requests
  • Social media
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
Jim Seibert, Manager of Regulatory Affairs, Education and Training

Jim Seibert

Manager of Regulatory Affairs, Education and Training

As NGFA’s manager of regulatory affairs, education and training, Jim is responsible for developing new education and training materials to assist NGFA members in complying with safety, health and other regulatory requirements. He also is involved in reviewing and updating the NGFA’s extensive inventory of employee safety education, training and information materials, as well as addressing grain, feed and processing facility operations issues.

Previously a grain and crop inputs Production Supervisor for Cargill Inc. in Ravenna, Neb., Seibert has more than six years of experience managing facility production and regulatory compliance inspections, and conducting ongoing safety education and process improvement projects at grain elevator facilities and feed mill locations.

Seibert also serves as an Airborne Forward Support Company Commander in the Nebraska Army National Guard, having served in several capacities in his 16 years of military service.

Beginning his career working on his family’s farm in south central Nebraska, Seibert graduated from Oklahoma State University’s College of Agriculture with a bachelor’s degree in plant and soil sciences.