AgGateway Announces 2018 Leadership

AgGateway has announced its 2018 leadership, including the directors of its Strategic Board and Operational Management Board, and leaders of its councils and committees. The non-profit organization, which has more than 200 member companies, is moving into its 13th year in expanding how the industry can better manage agricultural information to maximize efficiency and productivity.

“We have a terrific slate of directors and leaders this year, and I’m excited about the work we’ll be doing to benefit agribusinesses and related industries,” said AgGateway President and CEO Wendy Smith. “AgGateway and its members thank these individuals and their companies, which have recognized how essential this work is to the ongoing success of the ag industry.”

AgGateway enters the year with an updated mission, vision, and five-year strategic plan. A summary can be found in the 2017 Annual Report on the AgGateway website (

2018 Leadership

Strategic Board of Directors

Chair: Doug Farrington, Head of IS Business Partnering, Syngenta

Vice-Chair: Tim McArdle, COO, Brandt Consolidated

Past Chair: Doug Mills, CIO, The Mosaic Co.

Teddy Bekele, Vice President, IT, WinField United, Land O’Lakes

Jeff Belding, Business Excellence Champion, RiceTec

Dennis Daggett, Sr Vice President, ProAg Management

Mark Trostle, Director, Global Registrations & Regulatory Affairs, Agrium/CPS

Dan Willey, CIO, Wilbur-Ellis

Jeremy W. Wilson, Technology Specialist, Crop IMS

Wendy Smith, President & CEO, AgGateway


Operational Management Board

Chair: Stephanie Frazier, eBusiness Specialist, Dow/DuPont

Vice-Chair: Randall Kasparbauer, B2B Software Product Manager, John Deere

Eric Hoefing, Manager of Applications Development, ACS

Michael Carrabine, CIO, International Raw Materials Ltd

Michael Thronson, Business Technical Writer, Control Systems Software

Aaron Berger, Software & Integration Engineer, AgSense

Randy Fry, Data Process & Information Systems Manager, Ceres Solutions

Sarah Moster, Manager, Customer Experience, BASF

Brent Kemp, Executive VP and COO, AgGateway


Council Leadership

Ag Retail Council

Chair: Natasha Lilly, The Equity

Vice-Chair: Mike Ball, J.R. Simplot Company

Vice-Chair Elect: Jacob Crow, Growmark, Inc.


Allied Providers Council

Chair: Steve Daigle, Elemica

Vice-Chair: Eileen Licitra, Iteris


Crop Nutrition Council

Chair: Marge Nerness, United Suppliers

Vice-Chair: Ron Staab, United Services Assoc.

Vice-Chair Elect: Open


Crop Protection Council

Chair: Julie Benick, WinField United

Vice-Chair: Clay Mayer, Syngenta

Vice-Chair Elect: Mike Glidden, J.R. Simplot


Grain & Feed Council

Chair: Rich Adams, Key Cooperative

Vice-Chair: Steve Oberlander, CHS, Inc

Vice-Chair Elect: Carissa Staples, Land O’ Lakes


Precision Ag Council

Chair: Ben Craker, AGCO

Vice-Chair: Jessica Trites-Rolle, National Crop Insurance Services, Inc.

Vice-Chair Elect: Scott Nieman, Land O’ Lakes


Seed Council

Chair: Anthony James, Syngenta

Vice-Chair: Alek Krenichyn, XS Inc.

Vice-Chair Elect: Jenna Johnson, WinField United


Specialty Chemical Council

Chair: Theresa Smith, BASF Corporation

Vice-Chair: Stephen Barkley, SePRO Corporation

Vice-Chair Elect: Open


Committee Leadership



Chair: Michael Carrabine, IRM

Vice-Chair: Open


ADAPT Oversight

Chair: Mark Stelford, Premier Crop

Vice-Chair: Dan Danford, CNH



Chair: “J” (James) Nolfo, BASF

Vice-Chair: Open



Chair: Scott Meredith, ACS

Vice-Chair: Julie Benick, WinField United


AGIIS Directory Oversight

Chair: David Surber, Dow/DuPont

Vice-Chair: Kay Campe, Rosen’s Diversified



Chair: Denice Foster, EFC

Vice-Char: Brian Sokoloski, Kahler Automation


Standards & Guidelines

Chair: Rob Kovalsky, The Mosaic Co.

Vice-Chair: Open


In addition, AgGateway announced that its 2018 Mid-Year Meeting will be held June 11-14 at Prairie Meadows in Altoona, Iowa; and its 2018 Annual Conference will be held November 5-7 at the Sheraton Austin Hotel at The Capitol, Austin, Texas. More on AgGateway activities and how to become involved can be found at

Source: Feed and Grain

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