Board of Directors

The U.S. Soybean Export Council’s Board of Directors is comprised of 15 members.

Four members are from the American Soybean Association (ASA), four members are from the United Soybean Board (USB), and seven seats represent trade, allied industry, and state organizations.

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Doug Winter

CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD - U.S. SOYBEAN EXPORT COUNCIL

United Soybean Board
Mill Shoals, IL

Doug is a fifth generation farmer in Southeastern Illinois, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in agricultural economics from Southern Illinois University.  He continually strives to improve his farm’s sustainability and profitability by improving current practices, as well as implementing new strategies and technologies.  His farming operation includes raising commercial soybeans, seed soybeans, yellow corn, wheat, and milo, and occasionally white corn. He is a seed sales representative for Pioneer. Doug is currently serving in his ninth year as a United Soybean Board Director and has many years of service in the agricultural industry, beginning with the White County Soil and Water Conservation Board, and continuing with the White County Farm Bureau, the White County 4-H Extension Service, and as an advisor to the Southeastern Illinois College Board. 

Stan Born

VICE CHAIRMAN - U.S. SOYBEAN EXPORT COUNCIL

American Soybean Association
Lovington, IL

Stan, a soybean and corn farmer from Lovington, Illinois, has been on the American Soybean Association’s (ASA) Board of Directors since 2016. Stan is also Director on the U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC) Board and, in the past, served as treasurer and assistant secretary treasurer on the Illinois Soybean Association’s Board of Directors. He has a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering from the University of Illinois, a business management certification from Bradley University, and over 33 years of management experience in positions at Caterpillar Inc. Stan’s interests and hobbies include camping, public speaking and leadership.

Dawn Scheier

BOARD SECRETARY - U.S. SOYBEAN EXPORT COUNCIL

South Dakota Soybean Research & Promotion Council
Salem, SD

Dawn farms full time with her husband, Pat, in Salem, South Dakota. She is a fourth generation farmer and raises corn and soybeans. Dawn received her bachelor's degree in animal science from Illinois State University. She is also a graduate of the South Dakota Ag and Rural Leadership program. Besides being active on the farm, Dawn has over 24 years of experience working in ag business. Dawn served as a Sales Manager and Credit Manager for an international farm equipment manufacturer, where she sold farm equipment to dealers in the U.S., Mexico, Canada, Australia and Central America. Dawn currently represents the Allied Class on the Board of Directors on the USSEC board.

Chris Arnold

BOARD TREASURER - U.S. SOYBEAN EXPORT COUNCIL

J.D. Heiskell & Company
Omaha, NE

Chris is currently a Merchandiser for J.D. Heiskell & Company. After graduating with a degree in agricultural business from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2001, Chris started his career at The Scoular Company. Today, Chris lives in Omaha, Nebraska, with his wife and two children. Chris currently represents the Exporter Class on the Board of Directors for USSEC.

John Buboltz

BOARD DIRECTOR - U.S. SOYBEAN EXPORT COUNCIL

Cargill
Wayzata, MN

John is Cargill’s North American Soybean Processing Manager. John has over 24 years of experience in the grain and oilseed industry and has been employed with Cargill since 2000. John began his Cargill career working for Cargill’s flour milling joint venture, Horizon Milling, in various wheat trading, merchandising and risk management roles. In 2011, John moved over to the CASC platform as Hard Red Winter Wheat Product Line Manager and in 2013 transferred to Winnipeg, Canada to take on the role of BU Risk Management Leader. He returned to Minneapolis in 2016 as the North American Oilseed Product Line Leader, managing Cargill’s soybean export and origination program, and in 2018, moved over to the crush desk to lead Cargill’s North American soybean processing business.

Ken Dallmier

BOARD DIRECTOR - U.S. SOYBEAN EXPORT COUNCIL

Clarkson Grain Company
Cerro Gordo, IL

Ken serves as President and Chief Operating Officer of Clarkson Grain Company, Inc. Clarkson Grain supplies grains and oilseeds throughout the year to clients in North and South America, Asia and the EU. Ken earned his Bachelor of Science from the University of Illinois and Ph. D. from Iowa State University. He has held management positions with his family business, Sturdy Grow Hybrids, Inc., as well as Syngenta Seeds, Inc., Agrible, Inc., and Clarkson Grain Company, Inc. He has served on the Board of Illinois Foundation Seeds, Inc. and is now serving on the Organic Trade Association’s Global Supply Chain Integrity Task Force.

Tony Hill

BOARD DIRECTOR - U.S. SOYBEAN EXPORT COUNCIL

ADM
Decatur, IL

Tony graduated from Southern Illinois University of Edwardsville in 2008 with a degree in business administration and joined ADM. He has spent the past 14 years working throughout many ADM locations within a variety of merchandising, commercial management and risk management roles. He currently serves as ADM’s Trade Manager of U.S. Bulk Soybean Exports. Tony lives in Forsyth, Illinois with his wife, Megan, and two kids, Harrison and Riley. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family, golfing and coaching little league baseball. 

Darren Kadlec

BOARD DIRECTOR - U.S. SOYBEAN EXPORT COUNCIL

United Soybean Board
Pisek, ND

Darren grows soybeans, corn, dry edible beans and wheat in Pisek, North Dakota. He is the owner of Production Edge Inc., which is a retail seed business. This is his sixth year on the United Soybean Board. He serves on the Audit and Evaluation Committee. In addition, Darren is on the Demand Action Team for the Health and Nutrition Priority Area. In his spare time, he enjoys playing golf, traveling, watching sports, reading and cooking.

Brian Kemp

BOARD DIRECTOR - U.S. SOYBEAN EXPORT COUNCIL

American Soybean Association
Sibley, IA

Brian and his wife, Cindy, raise soybeans and corn near Sibley in Northwest Iowa. Brian served as president of the Iowa Soybean Association. He currently serves as a Township Trustee, Chairman of the Sibley-Ocheyedan High School Ag Education Fund Governing Board, Elder on his church’s governing board, and is president of the Iowa Wallaces Farmer Master Farmers Association. He is a past president of the Osceola County Iowa Farm Bureau. Brian is a former County Agricultural Extension Agent and has bachelor's and master’s degrees from Iowa State University. Brian is serving as Director on the board of the American Soybean Association. He currently serves on the Trade Policy and International Affairs Advocacy Committee. He and Cindy have two adult daughters.

Mike McCranie

BOARD DIRECTOR - U.S. SOYBEAN EXPORT COUNCIL

United Soybean Board
Claremont, SD

Mike is a fourth generation farmer who grows soybeans and corn on his farm in Claremont, South Dakota. He farms with his sons, Matthew and Mitchell, and his wife, Monica, where they incorporate sustainable practices, which help improve the land. He plans to pass it to the next generation better than he received it. This is Mike’s third year on the United Soybean Board. He serves on the Demand Action Team for the Infrastructure and Connectivity priority area. Mike is very active in his community. He has been a member of the South Dakota Soybean Association, American Soybean Association, South Dakota Corn Growers Association, Farmers Union and Farm Bureau. Along with many agriculturally related organizations, Mike also serves the local church.

Monte Peterson

BOARD DIRECTOR - U.S. SOYBEAN EXPORT COUNCIL

American Soybean Association
Valley City, ND

Monte, a grower from Valley City, North Dakota, has been on the American Soybean Association (ASA) Board of Directors since 2015. He’s served on various committees such as Membership and Corporate Relations, Finance and Administrative Services and Strategic Planning. Monte currently serves on the Trade Policy and International Affairs Committee of ASA and on the Agricultural Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission. He also serves on the North Dakota Soybean Growers Association (NDSGA) Board of Directors with focus on its Legislative Committee. He also served on the North Dakota Soybean Council (NDSC) from 2006 – 2013, serving as Chairman for three years and Research Chair for two years during his term. He continues to serve on the Council’s Market Committee. Monte is a fourth generation farmer who began his farming career in 1980 after receiving a business administration degree from North Dakota State College of Science. He and his wife continue working on the family farm where he grew up, producing corn and soybeans. Peterson and his wife, Penny, have two daughters and two granddaughters.

Craig Pietig

BOARD DIRECTOR - U.S. SOYBEAN EXPORT COUNCIL

Ag Processing, Inc.
Omaha, NE

Craig is a Senior Director of Exports at  AG Processing Inc., and has worked for AGP for 13 years. After graduating from Iowa State University, Craig began working at various plant locations buying soybeans and selling soybean meal prior to moving to Omaha. In Craig’s current role, he focuses on exporting grain, soybean meal and DDGs through the Port of Grays Harbor into Southeast Asia.

Lance Rezac

BOARD DIRECTOR - U.S. SOYBEAN EXPORT COUNCIL

United Soybean Board
Onaga, KS

Lance grows soybeans, corn, wheat, alfalfa, native hay and brome for seed and hay. He operates a farrow-to-finish swine operation with his brother, son and daughter in Onaga, Kansas. This is his sixth year on the United Soybean Board. He is Vice Chair of the Audit and Evaluation Committee. In addition, Lance serves on the Demand Action Team in the Innovation and Technology priority area. Lance is involved in the Onaga Lions Club, Kansas Soybean Association, USSEC and the Kansas Soybean Commission. In his spare time, he enjoys vacationing in the Caribbean and serving as a member in the Congregational Church in Onaga.

Joel Schreurs

BOARD DIRECTOR - U.S. SOYBEAN EXPORT COUNCIL

American Soybean Association
Tyler, MN

Joel farms near Tyler in Southwestern Minnesota. Over the years, his family has raised hogs, cattle, sheep, corn, soybeans and alfalfa. As the farming operation has grown, it has evolved into a grain operation, raising corn and soybeans. Like many Midwest farmers, Joel and his family work hard to protect and preserve the land they farm while providing a safe, quality product for their customers. Joel keeps in mind that consumers like to know where their food comes from – both in the U.S. and abroad –and that farms work responsibly to conserve the land. Joel serves as Director on the Boards of the American Soybeans Association, U. S. Soybean Export Council and Minnesota Soybean Growers Association.

Tori Sorensen

BOARD DIRECTOR - U.S. SOYBEAN EXPORT COUNCIL

Insta-Pro Intl.
Grimes, IA

Tori has over 15 years of experience in the agriculture industry in marketing and communications roles. She is passionate about global food security and the agriculture industry. Tori has spent the past six years as the Marketing Director for Insta-Pro Intl.  She was raised on a row crop farm in Southeast Iowa and received her degrees from The University of Iowa.  Tori received two Clarion Awards for her work in communications, is a former Board Member for the Association of Women in Communications and on the Advisory Board for the Iowa Donor Network.  She currently lives in the Des Moines, Iowa metro with her husband, Chris, and son, CJ.  Tori represents the Allied Class on the Board of Directors and serves as Chairman of the Soy Excellence Center Committee and Co-Chair of the Animal and Aquaculture Utilization Team.