I grew up on an onion farm outside of Salem, Oregon where I learned to work hard. I learned how to operate a business when I rented one acre of onions from my father during my junior high and high school years. I attended Oregon State University in Corvallis and graduated with an Agricultural Business Management degree. Prior to graduation, I was required to do an internship. I worked for a farm and did a profit analysis on two hybrids of filberts (hazelnuts) that showed in very fine detail the actual cost of each hybrid and then showed true net profit based on the sale price. This data was used by the farmer to adjust his future planting decisions based on which hybrid lead to better profits. As a result of this experience I have a strong desire to help businesses and farmers find ways to make more money.
In 1998 I came to work for Mycogen Seeds that was a part of Dow AgroSciences in York, NE. This was a great opportunity for me to learn, grow and be challenged to improve work processes that helped streamline the chaos of normal work life. I often found myself helping to improve some kind of corn seed work process. As I jumped from operations to supply chain, I was encouraged to become Six Sigma Green Belt Project Leader certified in 2017. This certification equipped me with even more skills to help improve processes to support business efficiency and increase business profit.
I am a father of two great kids and have been married to my “Nebraska Lady” for over 21 years.