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Digital Technology Manager
As a Digital Technology Manager (DTM), Aaron works with ag retailers to create a better customer experience through digital engagement. He helps with the development of a digital marketing strategy and guides the retailer through various phases of that strategy, including web site development and marketing campaign delivery utilizing WinField United’s ATLAS Platform and Data Silo. Prior to joining Winfield United, Aaron spent 5 years at Ziegler, Inc. engaging with growers and retailers around their precision ag hardware needs. He attended Waldorf College in Forest City, IA and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management and Finance. Aaron grew up in Southwestern Minnesota where his family still produces corn, soybeans, and livestock. Today, Aaron enjoys being actively involved in multiple farming operations with his family. Aaron and his wife, Jamie, live in Ankeny, Iowa with their three daughters Avery, Harper and Finley.
Ag Technology Support Specialist
Alex Rust is an Ag Technology Support Specialist for Winfield United where he spends most of his time assisting the Ag Technology Specialists in driving the adoption of “decision ag” tools across farming communities. Rust provides technical support for sellers utilizing the R7 Tool and other precision ag platforms. When he isn’t providing field support, he enjoys working on the development of new technology. Prior to joining Winfield United, Alex worked for a precision ag company as an intern. He earned a bachelor’s degree from St. Cloud State University.
Plant Nutrition and Performance Products Associate
Alex was born and raised in southern Indiana. He graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with his Agricultural Business Management degree in May of 2014. While attending college he worked on the family grain and beef farm in Callaway County Missouri. After graduation he took a position as an associate with an Agricultural Business Consulting firm in Memphis, Tennessee. In April 2015, he started with WinField United as the North East Iowa Ag Technology Specialist Intern. In September 2015, he transitioned into an Ag Technology associate working with United Coop in Webster City, Iowa to promote the use of Ag Technology. Currently, Alex is the Plant Nutrition and Performance associate for Kentucky and Tennessee.
Master Agronomy Advisor
Allen Pung is a Master Agronomy Advisor in West/Central Michigan. He spends most of his time working with large growers on behalf of the WinField United dealers in his area. His role is to help these growers increase their ROI in their operations. This is accomplished by using the vast assortment of tools in his WinField United toolbox. Tools such as R7, MAX-IN products, WinField United Branded HIF's and many times, just a new way thinking about the age old problems that growers face. He also relies heavily on several local sellers and also on the rest of his WinField United team in Michigan. Allen has an AA in Business Management and is also a Certified Crop Advisor. He has been in agricultural sales for 30 years, 20 years with a local retailer and ten years with WinField United. He is married with three grown sons.
Ag Technology Operations Lead
Amanda Neely is the Ag Technology Operations Lead for WinField United. She spends much of her time supporting the strategy and subsequent execution of the Decision Ag Technology Portfolio for WinField United. Amanda is also a member of the Agronomy and Product Development Leadership team where she collaborates with the others members of leadership to push the Agronomy and Product Development group to new heights! Amanda has a Bachelors in Wildlife Biology and a Masters in Environmental Science, with an emphasis in Geographic Information Systems.
Andrew works with the WinField United Agriculture Technology Specialists across the United States to drive the development of technical ability within the agricultural community. His fingers are on the pulse of developing agricultural technology, and he pursues the advancement of farm efficiencies driven by technology. Andrew attended Gustavus Adolphus College in Minnesota and has been in the agricultural industry for years.
Retail Technology Specialist
As a Retail Technology Specialist (RTS), Austin Mattern consults with agricultural retailers, aiding them in the area Operational Ag Technologies. Using a consultative approach of learning current workflows, bottlenecks, goals and priorities, Mattern helps find technology partners that can increase an organization’s efficiency. Whether it’s for the sales team or on the custom application side, Mattern and the RTS team can help implement solutions that fit the retailer’s needs today and align with their goals moving forward. Prior to joining the Winfield United team, Mattern worked in Ag Retail as an Account Relationship Manager and Branch Location Manager. He Attended Purdue University and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Agronomy/Crop and Soil Management. Currently Austin lives in Lagro, Indiana with his wife Hannah and two daughters.
GreenPoint Ag Agricultural Technology Manager
Ben Carlisle is the Agricultural Technology Manager for GreenPoint AG, LLC. headquartered in Memphis, TN with locations in MO, AR, KY, MS, LA, and TX. He has worked with a team to build an agriculture technology program. He also manages a team of Agriculture Technology Specialists tasked to train GreenPoint AG staff and growers on “why” and “how” technology can be used on the farm. Using tools such as FieldAlytics, R7 Tool, Farmobile, and NutriSolutions GreenPoint AG is able to help growers manage inputs and return an increased ROI to their operation. Ben has a BS from Mississippi State University and a MS in Agricultural Risk Management from the University of Tennessee. He was raised on a farm and has worked in precision agriculture for 10+ years. He is married with two daughters.
Ag Technology Manager
Brad Mason is an Ag Technology Specialist for WinField United. In his current role, Mason provides training and technical support for agronomists and farmers. He drives the implementation of the R7® Tool and other precision Ag offerings to increase efficiency, economics, and sustainability.
Prior to WinField United, Mason worked in seed corn production in Iowa. He continues to help run and manage a family farm in western Illinois, giving him a lot of hands-on experience in agriculture. He graduated from Western Illinois University with a degree in agricultural science.
Brittany Ullrich is an agriculture technology specialist for WinField United with nearly 10 years of experience in agriculture and precision ag technology. In her current role, Ullrich provides training and technical support for agronomists and farmers. She drives the implementation of the R7® Tool and other precision ag offerings, and helps WinField United sales staff, retailers, and farmers use them effectively.
Prior to WinField United, Ullrich worked for a cooperative in North Dakota as precision agriculture lead. She graduated from North Dakota State University with a degree in agricultural economics and remains active with the NDSU Sigma Alpha alumni association to help promote women in agriculture.
Ag Technology Specialist
Cameron is an agriculture technology specialist in Texas and Oklahoma. His passion is to help retailers position ag technology offerings that make sense from an agronomic and economic view for their growers. From his previous work in retail, Cameron understands the challenges sellers and growers face. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in agricultural leadership and development from Texas A&M University.
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Chris Heidrich is the Agriculture Technology Specialist for Western North Dakota, Montana and Wyoming. He spends much of his time assisting our owners with the adoption of Ag technology on the grower’s farm and in the field. Chris is a graduate of Bismarck State College. Prior to WinField United, his experiences include the roles of Coop Location Manager, Seed Coordinator and Precision Ag Lead at a Coop in Western ND.
Technical Seed Manager
Corey is a Technical Seed Manager in Minnesota. He works to develop WinField United’s corn and soybean seed offerings, and provides agronomic technical support to WinField United staff and aligned accounts in Minnesota. Corey went to the University of Minnesota, and received a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Agricultural Industries and Marketing, is currently earning an M.B.A. from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. Today, he resides in Waconia, MN.
Data Management Lead at Sunrise Cooperative
Craig Houin joined Sunrise Cooperative in 2010. In 2014, the cooperative’s precision ag offerings were organized as Sunrise Total Precision Partners (TPP), with Houin as head of TPP data management. In this position, Houin demonstrates his keen understanding of precision ag and its potential every day. He has piloted several additions to the R7® Tool and continues to explore more technologically sophisticated ways to help farmers be successful.
Houin was nominated as the 2015 PrecisionAg Awards of Excellence Crop Adviser of the Year. He graduated from Purdue University, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in agricultural economics with a focus on rural development.
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Regional Technology Manager
Drew works with local Agriculture Technology Specialists in the Eastern and Southern United States in developing their technical ability and coaching them for high performance. He works to develop agriculture technology strategies to support the adoption of agriculture technology with the local Winfield United sales teams and their aligned accounts. Drew spent almost 4 years as an Agriculture Technology Specialist in Indiana where agriculture technology adoptions continued to enhance the grower experience and yield improving practices. Before coming to work for Winfield United Drew spent 4 years at the local agriculture retail level helping growers with their agronomic practices and implementation of technology on their farms. Drew earned a degree in Agriculture Education and a minor in Agronomy Plant; Soil science from Purdue University. Drew currently resides in southwest Indiana with his wife and son living on his wife’s family farm.
WinField United Associate
Dylan is a WinField United Associate located in south central Minnesota and a recent graduate of the University of Minnesota. Dylan works closely with retail sellers to bring personalized and high quality data and insights to their growers. With a degree in agriculture and food business management he understands that each operation has specific individual needs. He uses WinField United Answer Plot data to find solutions to those grower needs. When he’s not in a field or at the farm gate Dylan enjoys hunting and attending Golden Gopher sporting events.
Elizabeth Woodside is an Agricultural Technology Specialist for western Kansas. In her current role, Woodside devotes most of her time to helping retailers and farmers implement ag technology tools to fit their needs. She facilitates the implementation of the R7® Tool and other precision ag offerings to help farmers understand field variability and increase the bottom line. Woodside graduated from Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas, with a bachelor’s in business administration in marketing and a minor in agriculture. She and her husband live on their fourth-generation family farm near Prairie View, Kansas.
Product and Market Development
Ethan Wyatt is an Agriculture Technology Specialist with WinField United covering the geography of West Texas and Western Oklahoma. Ethan’s current role involves supporting his local WinField United accounts with the R7® tool and other Ag Tech software programs that help to increase efficiency and return on investments for growers. Wyatt graduated from Oklahoma State University with two degrees, a Bachelors in Plant and Soil Science and a Masters degree in Soil Fertility. Ethan and his wife currently reside in Cache, OK.
As a Master Agronomy Advisor, Jamie helps famers optimize yields by using a systems approach to farming each field. He is an advocate of looking at every phase of crop production to uncover areas that can help crops grow offensively throughout the season. Jamie feels like he is living the dream that allows him to pursue his passion for learning, teaching, and applied research to help farmers be more successful. When Jamie is not working he enjoys spending time with his family, camping trips and many other outdoor activities.
Jason Dvorak is an Agriculture Technology Specialist for WinField United covering Eastern Kansas also North and West Missouri. He works with other WinField United staff, coop agronomists, and growers on the adoption and implementation of new ag technology to increase efficiency, economics, and sustainability. Prior to joining WinField United as an ATS, Jason worked as a Sales Agronomist for 8 years at Ag Partners Coop in Hiawatha, KS. There he worked to build a precision ag program from the ground up while scouting and managing growers fields. He also was tasked to further incorporating new technologies and products into the coop’s offering as they were developed. Jason started his career as an independent Agronomist and worked for Seaman Crop Consulting in Hugoton, KS there he scouted irrigated Corn, Soybeans, Cotton, Wheat, and Alfalfa for 6 years. After growing up on a livestock farm in Southern Missouri, Jason attended Fort Hays State University earning a degree in Agronomy. Jason currently resides near Hiawatha, KS with his wife Nancy and four daughters.
As a District Sales Supervisor for Crop Protection, I lead a team of CPP DSMs in Texas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas who are primarily focused on demand creation within the Range and Pasture market. I grew up on a small farm in central OK and have always owned, or have to some degree, been involved with beef cattle. I have an Agricultural Economics degree from Oklahoma State University and own a small beef herd. Away from work, I enjoy spending time with my wife and two sons at their sporting events or the lake.
Jessica Irvine is an agriculture technology specialist for WinField United working with retailers in southern Indiana and the northeastern United States. She supports WinField United sales, as well as in-field application and market implementation of WinField United technologies.
Irvine grew up on a farm in southern Minnesota and holds a Bachelor of Science degree from South Dakota State University in agricultural communication and leadership, with an emphasis in agronomy.
Joel Johanningmeier is an Agriculture Technology Specialist for WinField United covering the Southeast Minnesota area. He works with other WinField United staff, coop agronomists, and growers on the adoption and implementation of new ag technology to increase efficiency, economics, and sustainability. Prior to joining WinField United as an ATS, Joel worked as a Precision Ag Agronomist for 15 years at Greenway Coop in Rochester, MN incorporating new technologies into the coop’s offering as they were developed. After growing up on a diversified crop and livestock farm in Northeast Iowa, Joel attended Iowa State University earning a degree in Agriculture Business. Joel currently resides near Rochester, MN with his wife Katie.
WinField United Ag Technology Applications Lead
As WinField United Ag Technology Applications Lead, Joel Wipperfurth evaluates new precision ag technologies, tracks the rapidly evolving competitive landscape of ag technology and develops new partnerships. He also serves as the WinField United spokesperson positioning the company in the ag technology/precision ag marketplace. He splits his time between the WinField United office in Shoreview, Minn., and out in the country working with WinField United retailers.
Previously, Joel served as a WinField United master agronomy advisor team lead in southern Minnesota, and prior to that as a district sales manager for CROPLAN® seed. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota in agricultural industries and marketing. Joel grew up on a Holstein dairy farm in southern Wisconsin that also produced corn and alfalfa. He currently resides on a small acreage in Owatonna, Minn., with his wife and three children.
Associate Development Manager
Josh is an Agricultural Technology Specialist covering the PNW, CA and NV. He works to find value for Agriculture Technology on the diverse crops and cropping systems of the West. He works closely with the WinField United staff and aligned accounts. Josh earned his Bachelor of Science in Agronomy at South Dakota State University. He has spent time as a coop Agronomist in North Dakota and at another coop in Washington before joining WinField United. He and his family currently resides in Kimberly Idaho.
Keaton Krueger is an agriculture technology specialist for WinField United. He has been part of the agriculture technology team since its inception with the launch of the R7® Tool in 2011. His primary role is to train and support sales staff in their use of agriculture technology platforms. When he isn’t providing field support, he works on the development of new technology, such as the R7® Tool iPad app. Prior to joining Winfield United, he held corn product development roles with multiple seed companies.
Krueger earned a Master of Science in Crop Physiology and Seed Science and a Bachelor of Science in Agronomy from Iowa State University. Krueger is based in northeast Iowa.
Kelley Jamison is an Ag Technology Specialist for WinField United supporting accounts in South Dakota. Growing up on an Iowa crop and beef family farm, her passion for agriculture shows in her role in the South Dakota territory. She helps position ag technology tools, provides training and assistance for her local agronomists and WinField United teammates and helps farmers implement decision ag tools to their operations. Kelley graduated from Iowa State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture Education with a minor in Agronomy.
Within this role, Kelsey utilizes WinField United and partnered ag technology programs to bring value to retailers as they work with their customers. She provides training and technical support to accounts and offers assistance with ag technology at the farm gate. Before joining the WinField United team, Kelsey held roles in farm management and agronomic sales. She graduated from Wilmington College with a degree in Agronomy.
Agriculture Technology Specialist
Vice President, Agronomy & Product Development
Kevin has over 30 years of experience in the cooperative system. Some of his past roles include Agronomist, Agronomy Retail Manager, Agronomy/Seed Representative, Director-Seed Sales West, and Director-Answer Plot® & Agronomy Seed Services. In his current role, Kevin oversees a unified WinField United agronomy and research team for Ag technologies, crop protection and seed products. His team provides research and development, data insights, and technical training programs, including the National Executive Grower Answer Plot® events. The WinField United Intern and Associate Program also fall under Kevin’s leadership. Kevin also provides resources to the FFA Community Garden Project for the Land O'Lakes Foundation. Kevin is a graduate of Ridgewater College with an Associate Agricultural Business degree. Kevin and his wife Cindy have two grown sons, a daughter-in-law, and two grandchildren.
As an MAA, Korey helps growers select optimum performing products, such as seed and other crop inputs, uniquely targeted to the needs of their operation. With a degree from Minnesota’s Southwest State University and co-op experience, Korey brings vast experience in the precision agriculture arena. With technology in farming growing as fast as it is, he is excited about the cutting edge information that is available to help make research based decisions. From GIS mapping and correlation projects for the University of Minnesota to individual farm planning, Korey brings a determination to do his best and perform at the highest level in every aspect of his life – from commitment to his family and his career to his favorite hobby, fishing.
Mark Heineman is an Agronomist in Eastern Nebraska for WinField United. He spends most of his time supporting local sales staff on agronomic needs and positioning of products. Mark is a Certified Crop Advisor which is a recognized agronomic education commitment system to help train professional agronomists. Mark is also on the PGR/Plant Nutrition Steering Committee where future strategic decisions are made to enhance and develop this vital component of WinField United business. Mark has a Bachelors in Diversified Agriculture with Minors in Agribusiness, Ag Economics, and Animal Science.
Mary Pat Sass
Mary Pat is a Technology Manager supporting retailers and farmers across the state of Wisconsin. She specializes in developing season-long ag technology strategies to fit their individual business needs and increase ROI. Mary Pat grew up on a dairy farm in Wisconsin, and earned her Bachelor of Science in Ag Business from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. She currently resides with her husband near his family farm in Marengo, Illinois.
Retail Technology Manager
As a Master Agronomy Advisor, Matt helps growers select optimum performing products, such as seed and other crop inputs, uniquely targeted to the needs of their operation. Growing up and working on a farm he has always had a passion for agriculture. With a UMM Degree in Agricultural Industries and Marketing, Matt has always had roles tied to the grower with the bulk in the coop system. Seed has always been a bright spot for Matt and as technology grew his interest leads more to it. Using multiple information sources along with the retail partner, Matt has helped growers identify opportunities and get the most out of their acres. Away from work Matt enjoys spending time with his wife and two boys as well as gardening, hunting and fishing.
Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Land O’Lakes, Inc.
Mike joined Land O’Lakes, Inc. in 2010 and became senior vice president and chief information officer in June 2013. During his tenure, Mike has led extensive efforts to embrace mobile and cloud computing across the enterprise and invest in developing unique and market-leading solutions in the areas of precision agriculture and industry analytics. Before joining Land O’Lakes, Mike held a breadth of roles at Ingersoll Rand, AlliedSignal and was involved in several start-ups including G5 Technologies and Multi-Media Solutions. Mike earned his MBA from Duke University and a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University.
Mike Vande Logt
EVP and COO, WinField United
For nearly 40 years, Mike has worked in all aspects of the seed industry, with nearly 30 of those years in evolving roles at Land O’Lakes, Inc. Today, Mike leads Land O’Lakes’ combined seed and crop protection products business, WinField® United. He focuses on delivering data-backed, insights-driven agronomics, operational excellence and sustainable solutions to help locally owned and operated agricultural retailers meet farmers’ needs.
After earning degrees in agronomy and plant breeding, Mike began his career working directly with farmers, first as an extension service county agent and then in a variety of sales, sales management and technical agronomy roles. Mike joined the Land O'Lakes seed team in 1990 and assumed leadership of the overall business in 2012. Throughout his tenure at Land O’Lakes, Mike has focused on using insights to support local agricultural retailers in helping farmers increase productivity using fewer resources. Mike earned master’s and bachelor’s degrees from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and Green Bay, respectively.
Nathan Rahe is a Retail Technology specialist (RTS) for WinField United. In this role, Nathan aids ag retailers on their ag technology needs from an operational perspective. Using a consultative approach of learning current workflows, bottlenecks, goals and priorities, Rahe helps find technology partners that can increase efficiency within their organization – saving them both time and money. Whether it’s for the sales team or on the custom application side, Nathan and the RTS team help implement solutions that fit the retailers’ needs today and align with their goals moving forward. Prior to WinField United, Nathan worked in ag retail as a Crop Consultant. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with a focus in plant physiology and ecology; also retiring as a collegiate athlete. Today, Nathan lives in Madison, WI and enjoys boating, and spending time on his family farm in Central Illinois.
Nathan Wainscott is an Agriculture Technology Specialist for Winfield United covering Northern Indiana, Michigan and Ontario Canada. He works with retail sellers and other WinField United staff to promote and educate growers on the value and practical uses of technology tools. Prior to joining the WinField United team Nathan was an Agronomy Specialist for HarvestLand Coop in East Central Indiana for 8 years. He attended Purdue University and graduated with a Bachelors in Agriculture Economics. Nathan resides in his hometown on Lapel Indiana with his wife Stacy and daughter Madison.
Rick Behrens, of Red Oak, IA started with Winfield United in June of 2011. He is a graduate of Northwest Missouri State University and holds two bachelor’s degrees in Vocational Agriculture Education and Ag Computer Science plus a master’s degree in Geographic Information Science. He has thirteen years of experience teaching experience at the high school and community college levels. Rick also has about ten years retail experience working at the local cooperative environment as salesman, branch manager, seed and precision agriculture lead. Rick has about twenty years of experience of working with precision agriculture between his education and cooperative experience.
Retail Development Manager
Ryan Halvorson, Retail Development Manager, for WinField United. An a RDM for the past 5 years, Ryan likes solving problems and giving his retailers the best service he can. With an agronomy degree from South Dakota State University and a farm management degree from North Dakota State College of Science, along with working in the seed industry for 15 years, Ryan brings a lot of experience to his retailers. Training is one of the areas he enjoys most when it comes to working with the retail sales staff. Outside of work, Ryan enjoys spending time with wife and two daughters.
Ag Technology Operations Support Specialist
Ryan Miller is an Ag Technology Operations Support Specialist working on the Ag Technology Operations team. He works primarily with the R7 Tool and supports implementation and testing of new features, In-Season Imagery programs, as well as supporting other Winfield United Ag Technology offerings. Ryan holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls in Geography, and has previously worked for Xcel Energy as a software support specialist, and with the Minnesota Dakota County’s Environmental Management Department.
Ryan works with Agriculture Technology Specialists in the Northern and Western United States in developing their technical abilities and coaching them for high performance. He works to develop agriculture technology strategies to support the adoption of agriculture technology with the local WinField United sales teams and their aligned accounts. Prior to the RTM role Ryan spent 9 years as a Technical Seed Manager for WinField United in the U.S. and Canada working to help build and promote the CROPLAN seed brand and before that worked for three years at a local independent retail cooperative as an Agronomy Production Specialist through Agriliance. Ryan earned both his Master of Science and Bachelor of Science degrees from North Dakota State University. Ryan currently resides in West Fargo, North Dakota.
Agronomy Services Manager
Ryan Wolf’s career has focused on agronomic issues in the Upper Midwest. For the past fourteen years, Ryan has worked for WinField United. He currently is an Agronomy Services Manager, and his venture has him traveling through the United States managing WinField United Agronomists from Minnesota to the Pacific Northwest. Ryan also continues to cover parts of South Dakota for WinField United as a Regional Agronomist. Ryan spends time training agronomists, growers, and applicators on all aspects of crop production but specializes in plant nutrition and weed control. During the growing season, Ryan plans, coordinates, and presents at WinField United’s Answer Plot® events. He also provides tech and sales support for WinField United. Ryan is involved nationally with the North Central Weed Science Society. Prior to working for WinField United, Ryan worked for five years as a retail sales agronomist for Midwest Farmer’s Coop in Sheldon, Iowa, located in the northwest corner of Iowa. He specialized in precision agriculture. Ryan earned his M.S. in Weed Science from South Dakota State University in 1998. He holds a B.S. in Plant Science also from South Dakota State University.
Regional Agronomist, WinField United
Sara is an Agronomist in Southeast Missouri and Southern Illinois for WinField® United. She spends most of her time training on agronomic topics with her local WinField® United sales team and aligned accounts. Sara earned her Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from the University of Missouri, and is currently working on her Master of Science degree in Agronomy from Auburn University. Her research focuses on plant growth regulators and nutrition on reduced-lignin alfalfa. Sara resides in Sikeston, MO.
Manager of Sustainability ‒ Soil & Water Conservation Land O’Lakes SUSTAIN®
Answer Plot® Program Manager
Steve joined WinField United as operations lead for the Answer Plot® Program in 2009. With nearly 20 years of experience in both cooperative and research-focused roles, Steve oversees all processes involved in operating WinField® United’s Answer Plot® program, which comprises more than 200 research and demonstration locations across the United States. He guides teams in producing more than 5 million data points to help farmers make localized, data-backed decisions.
Steve holds a Master of Science degree in agronomy from Iowa State University and lives in Iowa.
Vice President of IT
Teddy Bekele is the Vice President of IT for the WinField United division of Land O’Lakes. In his role, Teddy serves as the Business CIO and provides full IT management and leadership responsibilities including strategy development, innovation enablement, project execution, system support, and financial planning. Prior to joining Land O’Lakes and WinField United, Teddy spent 13 years at Ingersoll Rand in numerous IT, engineering and supply chain roles including Director of Program Management, Director of Innovation & Engineering Technology and Custom Software Development Manager. Teddy holds an MBA from Indiana University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from North Carolina State University. Teddy has spent significant time internationally and speaks fluent Italian and Ethiopian.
Strategic Sales Director and Master Agronomy Advisor Director
Tom is a 16 year veteran of the cooperative system. Tom Graduated from North Dakota State University with a degree in Ag Economics with an emphasis in farm management and commodity marketing. He began his career with Belgrade Co-op as an Agronomist and Seed Team Lead in 1999 and became Agronomy Manager in 2003. Tom joined Land O’ Lakes in 2005 as a Seed and Agronomy Advisor. In 2010 Tom transitioned into the Master Agronomy Advisor Program for Winfield United where he served as a Team Lead for the upper Midwest. Tom Currently serves as the Director of Strategic Sales leading Winfield United’s large grower strategy across the country and still works with growers on a daily basis. He has a proven track record in retail sales as well as a strong agronomic background in production agriculture and precision ag. Tom is also an active partner in his family’s 1200 acre corn/soybean farm near Springfield, MN. He currently resides in Springfield, MN with his wife Kori.
District Sales Manager
Travis is a District Sales Manager in Southeastern Nebraska. He works to develop a knowledgeable sales team with his local WinField United retailers. Travis earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Nebraska; and, currently resides in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Marketing Director Plant Nutrition
Tyler Grenzow is the Plant Nutrition Marketing Director for WinField United. He spends much of his time implementing and managing the strategy of the NutriSolutions 360 system along with marketing the nutritional products that feed the crops we work with. Tyler has a Bachelors in Agronomy.
Will is an Agriculture Technology Specialist in Central Minnesota. He works to develop agriculture technology strategies to support the adoption of agriculture technology with his local WinField United sales team and his aligned accounts. Will earned his Bachelor of Science in Agriculture and Food Business Management from the University of Minnesota; is currently working on his Masters in Agronomy at Iowa State University; and currently resides in Glenwood, MN.
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Zach Vavak is a Ag Technology Specialist based in St. Louis who supports retail accounts in Missouri, Louisiana, Arkansas and Mississippi. In his role, Zach helps retailers and farmers successfully implement ag technology into their operations. Prior to his current role, Zach served as a Retail Development Manager for WinField United, after a stint at Black Gold Farms. He holds a Bachelor’s of Applied Science degree in agronomy and crop science from Arkansas State University.