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Board of Directors  09/07/17 1:49:54 PM

 

 
BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2017


Todd Christensen: Todd Christensen graduated from Kearney State with an Ag Business degree. He then returned to the family farm south of Alma where he raises wheat, corn, and soybeans. Todd and his wife Nora, have
two daughters, Lauren and Karri. He is active in the community as a certified firefighter. Todd and his family attend the United Methodist Church in Alma. Todd is carrying out his 17th year on the CHS Holdrege Board, serving as the
Chairman. Todd has enjoyed serving as a CHS Holdrege Board of Director and continues to see growth and profitability as keys to the company's success.


Reed Philips: Reed and Sheila Philips farm in the Loomis and Bertrand areas, raising corn, soybeans, wheat, alfalfa, and cattle. They are the proud parents of Kara, Courtney, Bryce, and Livia. The family keeps busy following
the kids' activities in the Bertrand school system and is now enjoying the opportunity to give back to the community by serving on the Bertrand Community School Board. Reed also earned a degree in Agriculture from the University
of Nebraska. The Philips family farm has been a long time supporter of the Cooperative system, buying hardware, energy, agronomy, selling grain and using the marketing services that CHS Holdrege provides. Reed has been on the board for 17 years 
and is presently serving as Vice Chairman on the Board of Directors for CHS Holdrege and believes that being ties with CHS has created many benefits for patrons, including keeping the equity program viable.

      Mary Kay Lyon:  Mary Kay is the fourth generation to live on the family farm northeast of Loomis. She farms with her brother-in-law, Scott Kreutzer, and their operation consists of corn, soybeans, alfalfa and a cow/calf herd. Mary Kay
is a member of Holcomb Evangelical Free Church and is currently serving as financial secretary and helping in the Awana program. She is also a past board member of the Nebraska Rural Radio Association. She enjoys being on the 
board of the directors giving her the opportunity to be a part of leading the company into the future. Mary Kay is currently on her 18th year of service
.

Joe Wendell: Joe Wendell, age 34, and his wife Hannah live in the Bertrand/Smithfield area. They are the parents of two children, Dylan, who is 8, and Ashlyn, who is five. Joe graduated from UNL in 2005 with a bachelor's degree
in Animal Science, and since then has been farming with his father on the family operation. They farm mainly irrigated cropland, which consists of primarily corn and soybeans. They also have a cow/calf operation and raise bulls
for Powerline Genetics in Arapahoe, NE. Joe has operated a Golden Harvest Seeds seed corn business for over ten years. Joe and Hannah are active in their church and he has also served on the Farm Service Agency board for
the last eight years. Joe has served on the CHS Holdrege Board of Directors since 2013.


Neil Hemberger: Neil Hemberger and his wife Sharon live just south of Roseland. He farms with his brother Brad, raising corn, soybeans, and cattle. Neil graduated from Southeast Community College in Milford, with a degree in
Agricultural Technology. He worked at a John Deere dealership in Hastings for seven years before pursuing farming full time. Neil is an active member of the Roseland Volunteer Fire Department, where he has served for over 25 years.
He is also a member of Assumption Church and has been involved with the Knights of Columbus since he graduated from high school. For the past 15 years, he has kept records for the Assumption Cemetary. In his spare time, Neil 
enjoys golfing, grilling and watching football. Neil has served on the CHS Holdrege Board of Directors since 2003. He has also served on the Land O'Lakes Ag Executive Council for the past 10 years. During his tenure as a board
member, Neil has especially enjoyed opportunites to meet producers and rancers from many regions of the United States as well as Canada and South Australia, enhancing his knowledge of farming techniques around the globe


Doug Luther:  Doug Luther and his wife Alicia live in Overton, NE with their four children, Ella, Gracyn, Eli, Emerson, and Asher. After graduating from UNL in 2001 with a BS in Agricultural Sciences, Doug returned
to the family farm where he currently farms with Pat (father) and Matt (brother). The farm consists of irrigated corn and soybeans. Doug has a passion for family, farming, faith, golfing, technology, and serving on various boards.
He is now serving his 11th year on the CHS Holdrege Board of Directors. Doug states "The farm industry is changing rapidly every day. Being partnered with CHS helps our Coop reach out to more domestic and global markets. This
will continues to support our company and bring value back to the customers. I look foward to the commitment of building a strong company and long term relationships with our farmer owners!"


Chadd Jacobson:  Chadd and Kristine Jacobson have three children and farm south of Holdrege. Having been a life long resident of Holdrege, Chadd and his family understand the importance of making rural communities a great
place to live and raise their family. He has been on the Board of Directors for eight years and has helped guide the company through many changes, including the merger of Agri Co-Op into CHS. Chadd believes this
merger has helped position the company long term by providing the necessary investment capital to rebuild the assets of the company. Chadd has been serving on the Board of Directors for 9 years.


Ryan Sorensen:  Ryan Sorensen farms in conjuction with his father, Rodney, in the Bladen area. The Sorensens produce corn, soybeans, and wheat. Ryan is a graduate of Southeast Community College in Beatrice and has a degree
in Agri-Business. He and his wife, Michelle, are the parents of two sons, Jack (10), Paxton (9), and a daughter Ava (5). Ryan is a member of the Sacred Heart Church in Roseland, and also enjoys coaching the K-3 grade flag
football team for Silver Lake School. Ryan states he likes to serve on the CHS Holdrege Board of Directors so that he can have a voice in the decisions that are being made that have an effect on the eastern CHS facilities. He has
been serving on our Board of Directors for 3 years.


Willie Keep: Willie is the fourth generation to farm the family farm north of Elm Creek. He raises corn, soybeans, alfalfa and some pasture grass. He and his wife, Barb, are the parents of three grown children. Their son, Nathan, has a Master’s Degree in Agronomy from
Kansas State and works for a seed company in Central Nebraska. His wife is a dental hygienist. Their daughter, Tracy, is a chiropractor. She and her husband, who is a teacher and coach, have two young children. Their other daughter, Kelsey, is a graphic design artist. 

Willie graduated from Kearney State College. He holds a Business Degree with an emphasis in Accounting. He has over thirty years of accounting experience. He has worked in grain accounting as well as in hospital and manufacturing settings. Willie served on the
Elm Creek School Board for sixteen years. He is currently serving on the Buffalo County Planning Commission, a position he has held for twelve years. He helped lead Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts and has served a term as the 4-H Council treasurer.

     


 
 
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