Board of Directors


The Board of Directors holds the ultimate governing authority and responsibility of the association. The Board is composed of 24 retailer representatives from five geographical regions (Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, Great Plains and West) and 19 industry supplier representatives from all areas of the agricultural retail sector (Crop Protection and Seed, Fertilizer, Equipment, Technology and Other Services).

Northeast - Region 1

Paul Nelson
Carolina Eastern-Vail, Inc.
Salem, NY

Steve Patterson
Southern States Co-op
Richmond, VA

Southeast - Region 2

Dean Williams
Pinnacle Ag Holdings
Memphis, TN

Griffin Evans
R.W. Griffin Feed, Seed & Fertilizer.
Douglas, GA

Dooie Leach
FCI Inc.
Reaford, NC

Dave Thomas
Helena Chemical Co.
Collierville, TN

Tim Witcher
GreenPoint Ag
Memphis, TN

Midwest - Region 3

Amy Asmus
Asmus Farm Supply
Rake, IA

Barry Day
Superior Ag
Huntingburg, IN

Gary Halvorson
CHS Crop Nutrients
Inver Grove Heights, MN

Tim McArdle
Past Chairman
Brandt Consolidated
Springfield, IL

John Oster
Chairman
Morral Companies
Morral, OH

Scott Schertz
Schertz Aerial Service
Hudson, IL

Brad Stedman
Winfield Solutions
Shoreview, MN

Rod Wells
Growmark, Inc
Bloomington, IL

Plains - Region 4

Tracy Linbo 
South Dakota Wheat Growers
Aberdeen, SD

Billy Pirkle
Crop Production Services
Loveland, CO

Randy Stephens
SureGrow Ag Products
Comanche, TX

Dave Spears
Mid-Kansas Cooperative Association
Moundridge, KS

West - Region 5

Mark Aldax
Mid Valley Ag Services
Linden, CA

Dave Dufault
J.R. Simplot Company
Boise, ID

Richard Lloyd
Valley Agronomics
Mt. Angel, OR

Troy Johnson
Vice Chairman
Wilbur-Ellis
San Francisco, CA

Ian McGregor
The McGregor Company
Colfax, WA

Crop Protection and Seed

John Demerly
DowDuPont
Indianapolis, IN

Mark Helt
Monsanto Company
St. Louis, MO

John Kapser
FMC Agricultural Products
Philadelphia, PA

Al Luke
Bayer CropScience
Research Triangle, NC

Bill Rowland
BASF
Macon, MO 

Paul Backman
Syngenta
Washington, DC

Bob Trogele
AMVAC
Newport Beach, CA

Fertilizer

TIm Richie
Mosaic USA, Inc.
Plymouth, MN

Toby Hlavinka
American Plant Food
Galena Park, TX

Ryan Burke
Gavilon
Savanah, GA

Brooke McMullin
International Raw Materials 
Philadelphia, PA

Brett Nightingale
CF Industries
Deerfield, IL

Gary Vogen
Yara North America
Tampa, FL

Equipment

Darin Ebeling
Sackett/Waconia
Waconia, MN

Ken Lehmann
Case IH
Racine, WI

Dave Webster
AGCO Corporation
Duluth, GA

Matt Tripp
John Deere Company
Lenexa, KS

Technology and Services

Jason Lueders
CoBank
Minneapolis, MN

Ernie Chappell
EFC Systems
Brentwood, TN

State Affiliate Representative

Jean Payne
Illinois Fertilizer and Chemical Association.
Bloomington, IL

Ex-Officio

Daren Coppock
President & CEO
Agricultural Retailers Assoc.
Washington, DC

Doug Catt
AgPro Magazine
Lenexa, KS

Chris Jahn
The Fertilizer Institute
Washington, DC

Jay Vroom
CropLife America
Washington, DC

Leroy Startz
ING
Dallas, TX