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Names in the News: June 2017

A roundup of new employees and appointments in the agribusiness industry.

PAULSEN, Sioux Falls, S.D. — Thomas Kamnikar has been promoted to digital project manager. Kamnikar will manage website projects, traffic the web department, track developer workload, create proposals, statements of work and estimates, improve the project management process and provide account service support. He was most recently lead web developer.


AMERICAN FEED INDUSTRY ASSN., Arlington, Va. — Constance Samuels has joined the association as manager of meetings and events. Samuels will help with planning and executing events, partner educational programs, committee meetings, board meetings and webcasts. She was previously with Envision EMI.


COBB-VANTRESS INC., Siloam Springs, Ark. — Devin Stuart has joined Cobb Europe quality assurance team. Stuart will provide customer support for facilities within the Netherlands, the U.K. and Ireland. He was previously with Festive.


WHEAT GROWERS, Aberdeen, S.D. — Todd Linbo has joined the cooperative as general manager of the Wheat Growers Innovation Center. Linbo will be responsible for sales growth, productivity and efficiency in precision agriculture equipment and customer support. He was previously with John Deere.


ZINPRO CORP., Eden Prairie, Minn. — Dr. Chris Ashworth has joined the company as ruminant veterinarian. Ashworth will provide beef, feedlot and dairy customers with training and technical support on the latest research results, production trends and information related to optimal ruminant production and use of Performance Minerals. He will assist with ruminant research efforts and work with sales and marketing teams to develop technical materials and presentations.


ROXELL USA, Anderson, Mo. — David Pickering has joined the service team as service engineer. Pickering will support distributors and service new and existing poultry and pig farmers in the U.S. and Canada sales region.


BROCK GRAIN SYSTEMS, Milford, Ind. — John Marshall has been named vice president and general manager. Marshall will be responsible for leading and providing strategic direction through oversight of sales, manufacturing and the worldwide network of independent dealers and distributors.


AGRILABS, St. Joseph, Mo. — Megan Zawacki has joined the company as customer service representative for vaccines. Zawacki will provide customer service support to the Antelope Valley Bios biological manufacturing division and AgriLabs in support of custom vaccine product lines. She will handle all customer inquiries, sales orders and services relating to vaccine products and provide administrative support to the manufacturing division. She was previously with the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture.


BIORIGIN, Sao Paulo, Brazil — Alessandro Morais Rocha has been appointed global feed business manager. Rocha will expand participation in the feed industry and open up new opportunities in segments and markets not yet explored.


AMERICAN BLACK HEREFORD ASSN., Nancy, Ky. — Brian T. Chism has joined the association as executive director. Chism will lead the establishment of the headquarters in Kentucky, oversee and manage operations and serve as the lead liaison between the board and its members.


GLOBALVETLINK, Ames, Iowa — Joel Harris has joined the company as director of product. Harris will lead market research and product strategy efforts across all customer types and market segments. He was previously with Merck Animal Health.


PATTERSON COMPANIES INC., St. Paul, Minn. — Kevin Pohlman has been named interim president of Patterson Animal Health, effective July 1. Pohlman is currently vice president of sales and marketing for animal health.


AG SPRING, Leawood, Kan. — John Valenti has been named vice president of corporate asset operations. Valenti will oversee the grain operations, processing operations and safety programs. He was previously with Alltech.


AMERICAN FEED INDUSTRY ASSN., Arlington, Va. — Veronica Rovelli has been promoted to senior director of meetings and events. Rovelli will be responsible for the planning and implementation of all meetings, webinars and the International Feed Expo.


KENT NUTRITION GROUP INC., Muscatine, Iowa — Megan Pretz has joined the company as inside sales representative. Pretz was previously with the Iowa Beef Center.


THE F.L. EMMERT CO., Cincinnati, Ohio — Christian Wonders has joined the company as food safety/quality control manager. Wonders will manage the food safety/quality and workplace safety programs, along with supporting various other aspects of the business.


COBB-VANTRESS INC., Siloam Springs, Ark. — Chris Dyer has joined the North American sales team as director of U.S. sales. Dyer will be responsible for sales activities in the U.S. He was previously with Zoetis.


DELMARVA POULTRY INDUSTRY INC., Georgetown, Del. — Holly Porter has joined the association as assistant executive director. Porter will be responsible for membership development and promotion, assisting with outreach programs, expanding public affairs work, serving as liaison with other associations, event and meeting planning and implementation and assisting with organization management and policy implementation. She was previously with the Delaware Department of Agriculture.


PESTELL MINERALS & INGREDIENTS, New Hamburg, Ont. — Rick Bonander has joined the company as account manager. Bonander will be responsible for sales development in the Midwest, including Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Wisconsin and Illinois.


ANIMART LLC, Beaver Dam, Wis. — Nicole Groff has joined the Northeast sales team as inside sales representative. Groff will work with producers and territory managers to build and maintain customer relationships.


WHEAT GROWERS, Aberdeen, S.D. — Tracy Linbo has been named senior vice president of agronomy. Linbo was previously with DuPont Pioneer.


PANCOSMA, Geneva, Switzerland — Dawid Kolacz has been appointed area sales manager for the Central and Eastern European region.

Dr. Marcin Korczynski has been appointed technical support manager for the Central and Eastern European region.


CALYXT INC., St. Paul, Minn. — Joseph B. Saluri has been named general counsel and executive vice president, corporate development. Saluri was previously with Stine Seed Co.


DAIRY BUSINESS MILK MARKETING COOPERATIVE, Green Bay, Wis. — Abigail Anderson has joined the cooperative as member services representative. Anderson will help provide and expand services to members through recruitment and member engagement, providing on-farm support and information. She also will assist with implementation programs as part of the Dairy Strong Sustainability Alliance.


KENT NUTRITION GROUP INC., Muscatine, Iowa — Jordan Fuller has joined the company as financial analyst. Fuller was previously with HNI Corp.

Kelsey Luebbe has joined the company as quality assurance manager, Midwest region. Luebbe will work with the Midwest plants and management to ensure the production of safe and high-quality products. She was previously with the Nebraska Department of Agriculture.

Jerry Schmitz has been named manager, analytical services. Schmitz will be responsible for entering assay results into the database and evaluating the data for compliance with various quality programs.


STRAUSS FEEDS LLC, Watertown, Wis. — Dr. Dan Catherman has been promoted to vice president and general manager. Catherman will continue to assist clients and customers with all milk replacement needs. He was most recently director of technical sales.


BROCK GRAIN SYSTEMS, Milford, Ind. – Michael "Mike" McDowell has joined the company as district manager for the West region of the U.S. McDowell will work with dealers to grow their business and increase their familiarity with storage, handling, conditioning and structural products.


COBB-VANTRESS INC., Siloam Springs, Ark. – Dr. Aldo Rossi has been appointed vice president of research and development. Rossi was most recently managing director of world quality assurance, veterinary and laboratory services.


ADISSEO, Alpharetta, Ga. — Adam Burnsed has joined the company as Rovabio product manager for North and Central America. Burnsed will work with the poultry sales and technical team to further develop the enzyme product line and provide added value to customers through support services and education. He was previously with DSM.

Dr. Alissa Welsher has joined the company as poultry technical manager. Welsher will provide technical support to key accounts and also will serve as the technical lead for the Alterion probiotic and Selisseo selenium products in North and Central America.


AGRILABS, St. Joseph, Mo. — Dr. Robert Rust has joined the company as technical service manager. Rust will provide technical support to customers and the sales and marketing teams and also will grow business relationships with veterinary practitioners, consultants, producers and distributors in the large animal business segment. He was previously with Green Valley Veterinary Services.


TOPIGS NORSVIN USA, Burnsville, Minn. — Dr. Jenelle Dunkelberger has joined the company as geneticist. Dunkelberger will be responsible for U.S. and international research and development activities, sales and marketing support, customer technical service and allied industry support.


ARM & HAMMER ANIMAL NUTRITION, Princeton, N.J. — Mark Martinez has been promoted to manager, business development and national accounts. Martinez will be responsible for leading the poultry and swine commercial team. He was most recently national accounts manager.

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