Experience. Experience. Experience.
Experience. Experience. Experience—three reasons why the Executive Team adds incredible strength to ProAg. With almost 100 years of cumulative experience in all phases of crop insurance—from adjusting and underwriting to trade organizations and Capitol Hill—this team thoroughly understands the industry. They put their knowledge to work for the benefit of ProAg agents and customers every day.
Kendall Jones has served as the President and Chief Executive Officer since July of 2017. She previously served as Executive Vice President and COO for eight years. Since coming to ProAg in May of 2006, she has demonstrated leadership in acquisitions and has been responsible for the Standard Reinsurance Agreement (SRA), Livestock Price Reinsurance Agreement (LPRA), commercial reinsurance, and private insurance product management, implementation and maintenance. These responsibilities include claims, training, reinsurance, named peril and crop hail products, underwriting procedures and controls, and the day-to-day operations of ProAg.
Before coming to ProAg, Kendall began her crop insurance career in 1995 in the finance and underwriting departments of Rural Community Insurance Services. Her Masters in Business Administration and Bachelor of Science degrees are from the University of South Dakota.
Currently, Kendall serves on the board of directors for the Producers Ag Insurance Group, Athenium Analytics and National Crop Insurance Services.
Kendall resides with her family in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
Grant Adams has served as the Chief Operating Officer for ProAg since July of 2017. Grant previously served as Executive Vice President and General Counsel for eight years. Prior to joining ProAg, he practiced law as a shareholder at the Underwood Law Firm in Amarillo, Texas, where his practice focused primarily on civil litigation, including a national practice comprised of representing clients in commercial, employment, and professional malpractice disputes, both individually and on a class-wide basis. Additionally, Grant’s private practice included the representation of numerous insurance clients, including several crop insurance AIPs, along with advising and assisting a wide variety of businesses in the formation of entities and plans designed to best manage risk. He is licensed to practice before courts in multiple jurisdictions.
At ProAg, Grant oversees the day-to-day operations of the Regional Offices and their support teams, and with the other members of the executive team strives to ensure the success of ProAg, and thereby the success of its policyholders, agents, and business partners. Grant earned both his B.B.A. and J.D., with honors, from the University of Texas at Austin.
He and his family have called Amarillo home since 1994.
Russ Klein has served as CFO since November of 2009. Prior to coming to ProAg, Russ served as the Product Director for CUNA Mutual Group’s Crop Insurance business. During his 10 years of service with CUNA Mutual, he also held various accounting and financial roles, including an interim CFO post for CUNA Mutual’s Australian operations.
Prior to joining CUNA Mutual, Russ worked for three years in public accounting at the Madison office of Clifton Gunderson LLC, specializing in insurance and agribusiness audits.
Russ is a CPA and holds a Bachelors of Business Administration in Accounting from the University of Wisconsin at Whitewater, as well as a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.
Russ resides with his family in Lino Lakes, Minnesota, although he remains a rabid Cheesehead. Go Pack!