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Names in the News: May 2017

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

BIOZYME INC., St. Joseph, Mo. — Richard Moats has joined the company as area sales manager in Montana and North Dakota. Moats will work to develop new and build upon current dealer and customer relations. He was previously with Ridley Block Operations.

Caitlin Tye has joined the company as content and social media manager. Tye will facilitate content and ensure that social media efforts are meeting company objectives. She was previously with Deere & Co.


INTERNATIONAL DAIRY FOODS ASSN., Washington, D.C. — Tony Eberhard has joined the legislative team as vice president of legislative affairs. Eberhard will work with members on policy development and legislative strategy while advocating for dairy food companies and the dairy industry before the Congress and the Administration. He previously worked for Sen. John Hoeven (R., N.D.).


POLLINATOR PARTNERSHIP, San Francisco, Cal. — Val Dolcini has been named president and chief executive officer. Dolcini was previously with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Farm Service Agency.

James E. Sherman has been promoted to chief operating officer.


RABOBANK, St. Louis, Mo. — Sam Funk has joined the RaboResearch Food & Agribusiness team as senior grain and oilseed analyst. Funk was previously with AgServe LLC.

Sterling Liddell has been taken on the expanded role of global senior data analyst. Liddell will work with global strategists, regional managers and specified analysts to expand proprietary analytical capabilities and to enhance research platforms. He was most recently senior grain and oilseed analyst.

Andrick Payen has joined the RaboResearch Food & Agribusiness team as associate analyst of sugar and grains and oilseeds. Payen will cover grains and oilseeds, sugar and animal protein.

Aga Dobrowolska Perry has joined the RaboResearch Food & Agribusiness team as a dairy analyst. Perry was previously with the European Commission.

Jim Watson has joined the RaboResearch Food & Agribusiness team as senior beverage analyst.


APTIMMUNE, Champaign, Ill. — Brian Konz has joined the swine division as strategic account manager. Konz will focus on launching the Aptimmune autogenous porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) vaccine and will help grow the portfolio of swine vaccines. He was previously with Novartis/Elanco Animal Health.

Andy Smythe has joined the swine division as strategic account manager. Smythe will focus on launching the Aptimmune autogenous PRRS vaccine and will help grow the portfolio of swine vaccines. He was previously with Novartis/Elanco Animal Health.

Andy Wuethrich has joined the swine division as strategic account manager. Wuethrich will assist in the development and implementation of comprehensive sales strategies. He will partner with Aptimmune technical services to support customer initiatives and manage relationships with designated key account partners. He was previously with Elanco Animal Health.


PAPILLON AGRICULTUREAL CO., Easton, Md. — Larry Mrozinski has joined the company as vice president of technical sales. Mrozinski will be responsible for the implementation and management of all sales functions and will assist research and product development. He was previously with Belstra Milling Co.


SCR DAIRY, Madison, Wis. — Dennis Dynneson has joined the North American team. Dynneson will be responsible for working with strategic accounts and partners in growing their business. He was previously with Alta Genetics.

Gary Bradfield has joined the North American team as application specialist. Bradfield will provide customer service as part of the technical service team. He was previously with BouMatic.


ARM & HAMMER ANIMAL NUTRITION, Princeton, N.J. — Scott Druker has been promoted to general manager, animal nutrition. Druker was most recently director, animal nutrition.

James Rainey has been promoted to director, Americas sales. Rainey was most recently Americas senior sales manager.

Ben Towns has been promoted to director, global business. Towns was most recently global business manager.


THE MASCHHOFFS LLC, Carlyle, Ill. — Paul Fox has joined the company as chief operating officer. Fox will be responsible for operations across the company's footprint and will work with general managers across the five production regions. He was previously with Family Farms Group.


ZINPRO CORP., Eden Prairie, Minn. — Ron Leonhardt has joined the company as global director, human resources. Leonhardt will lead the human resources department and direct it to expand initiatives that develop current and future company leaders.


AGRI-SEARCH, Arthur, Ill. — Katie Pieper has joined the company as professional agricultural recruiter. Pieper was previously with Software Solutions Integrated LLC and Total Grain Marketing.


ANIMART LLC, Beaver Dam, Wis. — Teresa Clifford has joined the Michigan sales team as territory manager. Clifford will build and maintain relationships with customers in Michigan, Indiana and Ohio while providing access to a wide array of products and veterinary services.


CHS INC.¸ St. Paul, Minn. — Jay D. Debertin has been elected president and chief executive officer. Debertin was most recently executive vice president and chief operating officer for the energy operations and processing food ingredients business.


KG MARKETSENSE, Des Moines, Iowa — Mathias Peters has joined the company as junior project manager. Peters will support research projects.


VITA PLUS CORP., Madison, Wis. — Dr. Matthew Gabler has been named regional sales manager. Gabler will supervise and work with sales staff in the Dodgeville and Lake Mills, Wis., areas. He will provide producers with leadership and nutritional expertise.


THE SCOULAR CO., Omaha, Neb. — Megan Belcher has been named general counsel, effective June 1. Belcher also will serve as senior vice president responsible for leading the legal and brand marketing and corporate communications functions. She was previously with Husch Blackwell.

Jeff Schreiner has been named chief information officer. Schreiner was previously with Ardent Mills.


CRV USA, Madison, Wis. — Joe W. Stanek has joined the company as the U.S. genetics development manager. Stanek will manage product portfolios, inventory, sales forecasting, sire procurement, bull life cycles and go-to-market strategies for all company genetic offerings.


NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF WHEAT GROWERS, Washington, D.C. — Craig Berning has joined the association as government relations coordinator. Berning will be responsible for supporting the policy team and providing key research on policy priorities.


NUTRIAD, Dendermonde, Belgium — Roman Krikovtsov has been appointed key account manager for the Russian market. Krikovtsov will work with customers and distribution partners in Russia to provide animal health and nutrition solutions across species.


FMC AGRICULTURAL SOLUTIONS, Philadelphia, Pa. — Julie Boss has been named product manager for insecticides and new technology. Boss will manage marketing programs and campaigns for the insecticide portfolio as well as new technologies, including the 3RIVE 3D application system. She was previously with DuPont Crop Protection.

Flavio Centola has been promoted to herbicide portfolio manager. Centola will be responsible for agricultural herbicide products in the U.S. and will manage the introduction of new herbicide active ingredients in the product pipeline. He was most recently soybean segment manager.

Christina Coen has been named marketing director for the U.S. and Canada. Coen will be responsible for marketing of the full agricultural portfolio, including herbicides, insecticides, fungicides, plant health and new technology offerings. She was previously with Dow AgroSciences.

Rick Ekins has been appointed portfolio manager for insecticides, fungicides, plant health and new technologies in the U.S. Ekins will manage the full line of insecticide and fungicide products as well as the plant health and new technologies platforms. He also will lead the introduction of new insecticide, fungicide and plant health active ingredients and other new technologies. He was most recently fungicide and insecticide portfolio manager.

Lisa Homer has been named senior communications manager for the U.S. and Canada. Homer will oversee marketing communications activities that support the full agricultural portfolio in the U.S. and Canadian markets. She was previously with Stephens & Associates Advertising Inc.


PASSPORT FOOD SAFETY SOLUTIONS INC., West Des Moines, Iowa — Dr. John Ruby has joined the company as vice president of PassTrac Analytics. Ruby will be responsible for leadership and growth of the PassTrac Analytics platform by utilizing modeling to create value for meat protein customers. He was previously with JBS.


PURINA ANIMAL NUTRITION, Shoreview, Minn. — Dr. Clay Burson has joined the cattle consultant team as technical sales specialist. Burson will support beef sales efforts in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and Utah. He was previously with Texas Tech University.

Dr. Martha Moen has joined the cattle consultant team as grass cattle consultant. Moen will support cattle producers in Alabama, Florida and Georgia. She was previously with Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College.


MAXIMUS, Saint-Hubert, Que. — Dr. Tom Stein has joined company as senior strategic advisor. Stein will support the software research and development team and promote company products worldwide. He will focus on technology strategy, software, the mobile data entry platform and use of big data associated with the environmental controllers and electronic sow feeding systems.


CARGILL PROTEIN, Wichita, Kan. — Jon Nash has been named president of the foodservice channel, effective June 1. Nash will lead a team focused on providing foodservice customers with industry insights, innovation and sustainable supply chain solutions. He was most recently integration lead for the Cargill Protein transformation.


NUTRIAD, Dendermonde, Belgium — Jeroen De Gussem has been appointed marketing director. De Gussem will support growth ambitions across geographies and species.

Joke Van De Velde has been appointed marketing communications manager. Van De Velde will support growth ambitions across geographies and species.


FMC AGRICULTURAL SOLUTIONS, Philadelphia, Pa. — Mike Harper has been appointed industry relations manager in the U.S. and Canada. Harper will lead the industry association relationships, facilitate industry stewardship and advance industry goals. He was most recently retail market manager in Missouri.


ANIMART LLC, Beaver Dam, Wis. — Dr. Megan Miller has joined the professional services team. Miller will work with Northeast team members to provide comprehensive animal health solutions to dairy products in New York.


FEED MARKETING LLC, Chester, N.H. — Erik Ferrell has joined the company as an advisor. Ferrell will focus on graphic design illustration and will work with clients nationwide to support areas of need related to advertising, logo design, booth displays, signage and all other marketing collateral.

Herb Polzin has joined the company as an advisor. Polzin will work with clients in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, North Dakota and South Dakota, with a focus on food safety planning, including Food Safety Modernization Act compliance, Safe Feed/Safe Food certification and veterinary feed directives.

Meegan VanCamp has joined the company as administrative assistant. VanCamp will support clients and advisors.

Bill Whitney has joined the company as an advisor. Whitney will be responsible for supporting clients nationwide with guidance related to logistics, fleet management, U.S. Department of Transportation compliance and all issues related to rail.


KENT NUTRITION GROUP INC., Muscatine, Iowa — Eric Rupnow has joined the company as territory sales manager. Rupnow will serve as swine specialist for northwest Iowa and will be responsible for developing and growing existing accounts, prospecting for new accounts and helping develop projects and feeding strategies for livestock producers in northwest Iowa. He was previously with Maschhoffs Family Farms.


LAND O’LAKES INC., Arden Hills, Minn. — Yone Dewberry has been promoted to chief supply chain officer, effective May 15. Dewberry will be responsible for overall supply chain operations across the enterprise, with a focus on supply chain talent development. He is currently senior vice president — supply chain and procurement.


PAULSEN, Sioux Falls, S.D. — Kacey Herrmann has been promoted to account associate. Herrmann will support the management and coordination of strategic planning and daily projects.


SELECT SIRES INC., Plain City, Ohio — Marc Bolen has joined the Jersey sire team. Bolen will drive genetic and market development for the Jersey breed and serve customer-owners in Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, western Pennsylvania and western New York. He was most recently dairy progeny specialist.

Mitch Kappelman has joined the company as Brown Swiss sire analyst. Kappelman will provide customer-owners with genetics and will assist the Select Sires federation with Brown Swiss marketing needs. He was previously with Meadow Brook Farms.


AMERICAN VETERINARY MEDICAL ASSN., Schaumburg, Ill. — Angela Roberts has been named chief marketing and communications officer. Roberts will be responsible for managing all aspects of the marketing and communications division, providing strategic leadership and overseeing the marketing and communications functions, including planning, organizing, staffing and training. She was previously with the Blue Cross Blue Shield Assn.


NEDAP LIVESTOCK MANAGEMENT, Pipestone, Minn. — Robert Drew has joined the U.S. swine technology team as sales and application manager. Drew will support producers with the design and implementation of automated swine management technology, including electronic sow feeding for sows in large groups.


WORLD DAIRY EXPO, Madison, Wis. — Dawn Dommisse has joined the expo as administrative services manager. Dommisse will be responsible for assisting the general manager, coordinating corporate board and committee meetings, overseeing volunteer coordination and databases and managing daily operations of the office and annual event. She was previously with ABS Global.


OHIO SOYBEAN ASSN. (OSA) / OHIO SOYBEAN COUNCIL (OSC), Worthington, Ohio — Emilie Regula has joined the organizations as OSA policy and membership coordinator and OSC marketing and outreach coordinator. Regula will assist with OSA’s legislative and policy program, coordinate membership campaigns and organize OSA participation in statewide, regional and national programs and events. She will assist with OSC marketing projects related to animal agriculture and soy biodiesel and coordinate outreach to key industry partners. She was previously with the staff of Ohio state senator Cliff Hite.


BROCK GRAIN SYSTEMS, Milford, Ind. — Chris Devine has joined the company as planning and scheduling manager. Devine will manage the planning and scheduling group for production materials, inventory and shop floor controls in the Milford and Kansas City, Mo., manufacturing facilities.


BIOMATRIX INTERNATIONAL, Princeton, Minn. — Dr. Nathan Horn has joined the company as research scientist. Horn was previously with JBS United.


PANCOSMA, Geneva, Switzerland — Marcos Teixido has been appointed global sales director. Teixido will manage sales and distribution networks and coordinate them with upstream functions. He was most recently sales manager and regional sales director.

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