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.
Kendall serves on the board of directors for the Producers Ag Insurance Group and National Crop Insurance Services. She previously served on the Athenium Analytics board of directors.
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!
Becky has been in the insurance industry her entire career. Her experience ranges from personal to commercial lines within the property and casualty field as well as crop insurance. She has worked at State Farm, Travelers, CUNA Mutual, John Deere and most recently Farmers Mutual Hail. Her career has spanned areas from claims, product management, strategic development, business transformation and implementation to operations.
Becky was impacted by farming from an early age since her father ran the local coop. She graduated from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing. Becky and her husband, Steve, will be relocating to the Twin Cities from Des Moines, IA. They have two daughters who are currently attending the University of St. Thomas.
Maria has a broad range of leadership experience, including software development and process improvement. Her various industry experience includes crop insurance, direct sales and financial services. She began her career at ProAg seven years ago, and her previous position was director of software development and IT operations.
Maria graduated from Saint Cloud State University in Saint Cloud, Minnesota. She has been a resident of Minnesota her entire life, where she and her husband, David, reside. Their combined family includes six children.
Cody brings over 20 years of broad experience in production agriculture and its supply chain to ProAg, working with corn, cotton, rice, soybeans and wheat throughout his career. He has experience working directly with farmers, ag retail, cooperatives, elevators, mills and consumer packaged goods companies. Cody has also worked in different capacities in seed production, crop production, crop marketing ag technology and business development within the ag supply chain.
Before joining ProAg, Cody was a vice president at Indigo Agriculture, including the Commercial Head of Market+ Merchandise and Source, where he led commercial go-to-market and organizational strategy and execution against North American sales targets. His previous vice president role was as a VP, Buyer – Source and Market Development for Rice and Specialty Grains. He also served as U.S. Production Operations Manager and U.S. Field Operations Manager for RiceTec, Inc. Cody’s previous work experience includes time as a Rangeland Management Specialist at USDA–NRCS.