WASHINGTON, D.C. – 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 (www.AgGateway.org).

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 Nov. 5-7 at the Sheraton Austin Hotel at The Capitol, Austin, Texas.