USSEC Seats 2023/2024 Board of Directors

Stan Born Elected Chairman of the Board

St. Louis, MO – March 8, 2023 – The U.S. Soybean Export Council’s (USSEC) 2023-2024 Board of Directors was seated on March 7, 2023 during the organization’s annual meeting prior to Commodity Classic in Orlando.

USSEC’s board is comprised of 15 members representing various stakeholders from the U.S. Soy industry. Four members are from the American Soybean Association (ASA), four members are from the United Soybean Board (USB), and seven seats represent trade, industry, and state organizations.

“The unique composition of USSEC’s board provides us with exemplary leadership with representation from across the U.S. Soy industry,” said Jim Sutter, USSEC CEO. “U.S. soybean exports have set records in the last two years and remain strong in this current market year. Robust trade is critically important to our industry with approximately 60% of U.S. Soy production being exported each year. Our board leaders are key to guiding growth, as well as being important contributors to U.S. Soy’s vision to advance nutrition, climate-forward solutions, and progress for people and communities.”

Stan Born, an ASA director and soybean and corn farmer from Lovington, Illinois, was elected as USSEC chair for a 12-month term.

“I am honored to have the trust and confidence of the USSEC board to serve as chairman for the coming year,” said Born. “As members of the soy value chain, we are fortunate to have such a strong global team representing our industry in markets around the world. USSEC team members work each day to create a preference for U.S. Soy by nurturing relationships, growing awareness, and demonstrating value. I am excited to do my part to listen and to lead our board and support the USSEC team in their ongoing success.”

Born has served on ASA’s board of directors since 2016. He holds a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering from the University of Illinois, a business management certification from Bradley University, and has more than 33 years of management experience in positions at Caterpillar, Inc., including Corporate Director of Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) and Sustainability.

USSEC 2023/2024 Board of Directors

Executive Committee
Stan Born, Chair
Lance Rezac, Vice Chair
Dawn Scheier, Secretary
John Buboltz, Treasurer

Allied Sub-Class

Dawn Scheier, South Dakota Research & Promotion Council
Tori Sorensen, Insta-Pro

Exporter Sub-Class

John Buboltz, Cargill
Ken Dallmier, Clarkson Grain Company
Tony Hill, Archer Daniels Midland
Shawn Hulm, Viterra Craig Pietig, Ag Processing, Inc.

ASA Appointments

Stan Born, Grower Leader, Illinois
Janna Fritz, Grower Leader, Michigan
Jeff Jorgenson, Grower Leader, Iowa
Joel Schreurs, Grower Leader, Minnesota

USB Appointments

Darren Kadlec, Grower Leader, North Dakota
Mike McCranie, Grower Leader, South Dakota
Lance Rezac, Grower Leader, Kansas
Reggie Strickland, Grower Leader, North Carolina

This press release was funded in part by the soy checkoff

Media Contacts

Christopher Samuel
USSEC Director of Global Communications

Kerrey Kerr-Enskat
USSEC Senior Communications Manager
(+1) 515-823-1848

Mary Peck
USSEC Communications Manager
(+1) 314-973-4674

About U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC)
Soybeans are the United States’ No. 1 food and agricultural export. The U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC) is focused on building preference, improving the value, and enabling market access for the use of U.S. Soy for human consumption, aquaculture, and livestock feed in 82 countries across the world. USSEC is a dynamic partnership of U.S. soybean producers, processors, commodity shippers, merchandisers, allied agribusinesses, and agricultural organizations; and connects food and agriculture industry leaders through a robust membership program. USSEC is farmer-funded by checkoff funds invested by the United Soybean Board, various state soybean councils, the food and agriculture industry, and the American Soybean Association's investment of cost-share funding provided by U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS). To learn more, visit and, and engage with us on USSEC’s LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, and U.S. Soy’s LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.