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Mr. Pottinger is a former vice president of global partner relations for AGCO Corp., and president of AG-Chem Equipment, president of J.R. Simplot’s Agribusiness Group and president and CEO of SaskFerco (now Yara). Previously, Mr. Pottinger operated Don Pottinger Consulting, LLC, which worked with top fertilizer and chemical retailers in North America.
Mr. Mackie has more than 43 years of experience in nitrogen plant development and plant operations. He graduated from the University of Manitoba with a degree in mechanical engineering. He has been involved in leadership positions with nitrogen projects around the globe. He previously was plant manager and director of Simplot Canada’s Brandon plant and has consulted in the industry for nearly two decades.
Mr. Anderson farms near Valley City, ND, raising corn, soybeans and spring wheat. He is a graduate of North Dakota State University. Mr. Anderson has a long record of industry and community service, including three terms as president of the North Dakota Corn Growers Association. His service includes terms as chairman of the Northern Corn Development Corporation; chairman and vice chairman of the Barnes County Marketing Club; and, chairman of the Barnes County Crop Improvement Association.
David H. Bednar
Mr. Bednar is currently president & CEO of DHB Holdings, Inc., Roseport Resources, LLC, and Hy-Energy Systems, LLC. Mr. Bednar was the founder and CEO of Continental Nitrogen & Resouces Corporation and Viking Explosives & Supply, Inc. He also serves on several boards including Magnetation, Inc. and Wolf Head Discovery and Mining, LLC., and was a past chairman of the Institute of Makers of Explosives. Mr. Bednar is a mining engineer, graduating from the Colorado School of Mines in 1961.
Mr. Dows farms in partnership with his brother, son and nephew, raising corn and soybeans. Mr. Dows attained a Bachelor’s Degree in Agricultural Economics from North Dakota State University. His current and past civic and industry service includes chair of the Page Development Corporation; membership on the Board of Directors of North Dakota State University Research Foundation; chairman of Dakota Renewable Fuels; and chairman of the North Dakota Corn Utilization Council.
Mr. Hoffmann is a semi-retired farmer. He participates in a joint venture with his son and brother, growing corn, soybeans, wheat and alfalfa . Mr. Hoffmann is a graduate of North Dakota State University with a degree in animal science and a minor in agricultural economics and general agriculture. Mr. Hoffmann has served as a district representative on the North Dakota Corn Growers Board since 2004.
Admiral Bill Owens (ret.)
Admiral Owens is chairman of AEA Investors ASIA located in Hong Kong and executive chairman of Prometheus, Beijing. Previously, he was chief executive officer and vice chairman of Nortel Networks. Admiral Owens also serves on several boards of directors. Owens had a distinguished career in the U.S. Navy, including service as vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the second-ranking military officer in the United States. He is a 1962 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics, holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in politics, philosophy and economics from Oxford University, and a master’s degree in management from George Washington University.
Mr. Stone is CEO of Consolidated Sourcing Solutions, a partnership established in June 2010 that procures and manages over 1 million tons of fertilizer for three large agricultural cooperatives located in South Dakota, Nebraska and Iowa. Prior to this current role, Mr. Stone spent 21 years with Terra Industries, a global nitrogen manufacturing company. Mr. Stone earned a B.B.A. in marketing from the University of Iowa an M.B.A. from the University of South Dakota.
Mr. Whipple incorporates no-till farming practices raising corn and soybeans on his farm. Mr. Whipple earned a degree in animal science from South Dakota State University. He has been a member of the South Dakota Corn Utilization board since 2008. Mr. Whipple also served on the South Dakota Corn Growers Association board and held positions of vice president and chairman. He was also a founding director of Northern Growers LLC.