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Management

Board

Jay Debertin

  • President and Chief Executive Officer
  • Jay Debertin is president and chief executive officer of CHS, a leading energy, grains and foods company and the largest member-owned cooperative in the United States, which employs 11,000 people and represents 600,000 farmer-owners nationwide. 

    Debertin leads the CHS strategic leadership team in strengthening the company by advancing operational excellence, accelerating its focus on results and delivering products and services that help the cooperative’s owners grow.

    Debertin was named CEO in 2017 after 33 years in leadership roles in the business. In addition to his role as chief executive officer at CHS, Debertin serves as chairman of the board for Ventura Foods, LLC.

    Previously, Debertin was executive vice president and chief operating officer for the company’s diverse energy operations and processing and food ingredients. He joined CHS in 1984 in its petroleum division, holding a variety of leadership positions including overseeing energy marketing, crude oil supply, refining, pipelines and terminals, trading and risk management, and transportation.  

    Debertin grew-up in the heart of the Red River Valley in East Grand Forks, Minn., surrounded by vibrant agricultural communities and a strong cooperative system.

    Debertin earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of North Dakota – Grand Forks. He also holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Wisconsin - Madison.


Shirley Cunningham

  • Executive Vice President, Ag Business and Enterprise Strategy
  • Shirley Cunningham is executive vice president, Ag Business and Enterprise Strategy, for CHS Inc., the nation’s leading farmer-owned cooperative and a global energy, grains and foods company. In her role, she leads the company’s aligned Ag Business platform consisting of its International and North America Grain Marketing and Agronomy operations. She is also responsible for CHS Enterprise Strategy functions including information technology and marketing communications as well as planning and strategy. Cunningham joined CHS as executive vice president, Enterprise Strategy, in April 2013 before expanding her role in 2014.

    Prior to joining CHS, Cunningham was the chief information officer for Monsanto Company and has more than 25 years of experience in information technology and business management including leading global IT operations, acquisitions, IT research and development, strategic planning and enterprise initiatives. She was also responsible for developing and executing Monsanto’s quality oils strategy. In addition to broad business expertise, Cunningham has extensive global experience, having led Europe, Middle East and Africa IT operations for Monsanto. She also held leadership positions with several companies in the United Kingdom.

    She holds a master’s degree in business administration from Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri.  She currently serves on the board of directors of Ventura Foods, LLC, the Kemira Oyj Board, Helsinki, Finland, and the Gildan Board, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

     

Rick Dusek

  • Executive Vice President, CHS Country Operations
  • Rick Dusek is executive vice president for the Country Operations of CHS Inc., the leading U.S. farmer-owned agriculture cooperative and a global energy, grains and foods company. He is responsible for the division delivering agricultural inputs, energy products, grain marketing, animal nutrition, sunflower processing and other farm supplies and services to more than 75,000 producer-owners through 450 communities in 16 states. He was appointed to his current role in 2017.

    Since 2014, Dusek had served as vice president of CHS Agronomy, responsible for global crop nutrients supply and trading; North American fertilizer operations, sales and marketing; and for developing additional agronomy product and technology offerings.

    Prior to that, Dusek was vice president, grain marketing, where he was responsible for all North American commodity trading, logistics and transportation, risk management, and coordinating trades executed by the company’s South American, European and Asia-Pacific businesses. Dusek and his team were also responsible for strategic expansion of the company’s North American grain origination platform, including inland river terminal acquisitions and development and upgrading of export terminal facilities. 
      
    Dusek joined CHS in 1988 and spent his early days on the wheat export trading desk. He was named director of merchandising in 2006 and vice president of grain marketing in 2012. He currently serves on the board of directors for The Fertilizer Institute, and is a past board member of the Minneapolis Grain Exchange.

    Born and raised in Grafton, N.D., Dusek earned a bachelor’s of science degree in agricultural economics from North Dakota State University. He is a 2013 graduate of the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program, a personalized learning experience to for global business managers to develop best management practices and strategies to sustain long-term growth.  

Darin Hunhoff

  • Executive Vice President, Energy and Processing and Food Ingredients
  • Darin Hunhoff is executive vice president of Energy and Processing and Food Ingredients for CHS Inc., a leading energy, grains and foods company and the largest member-owned cooperative in the United States.  

    In his role, Hunhoff is responsible for growing and strengthening the company’s diverse energy operations including refineries, pipelines and terminals, refined fuels, propane, lubricants and transportation. He also leads CHS Processing and Food Ingredient’s work to efficiently, consistently and profitably deliver quality products that global food, feed and fuel ingredients companies can depend on. CHS Processing and Food Ingredients business includes canola and soybean processing plants. Hunhoff is also responsible for the CHS Aligned Solutions group which provides strategic business advisory services to cooperatives.

    Hunhoff joined CHS 25 years ago as a petroleum specialist, selling Cenex-branded energy products to farm producers and rural customers in central Nebraska. Prior to his current role, Hunhoff was chief strategy officer responsible for planning and analysis focused on the long-term strategic view of CHS assets. His career also included several years in energy leadership roles including time as senior vice president of refined fuels.

    Hunhoff is originally from Yankton, South Dakota, where his family still owns and operates a farm equipment dealership. He was active in the 4-H youth program and continues to support the organization’s work as part of CHS. 
      
    Hunhoff holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing and business management from Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall, Minnesota. He currently serves on the board of directors of Ardent Mills, LLC.
     

Timothy Skidmore

  • Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
  • Timothy Skidmore is executive vice president and chief financial officer for CHS, the nation's leading farmer-owned cooperative and a global energy, grains and foods company. Skidmore joined CHS in August 2013 and is responsible for finance, accounting, tax, patron equity, treasury, strategic sourcing and insurance risk management.

    He previously served as vice president of finance and strategy for Campbell North America, Campbell's largest operating division. Skidmore joined Campbell as assistant treasurer in 2001 and has held numerous leadership positions in finance including leading the cash management, corporate finance and international treasury functions and serving in various business unit CFO roles including the U.S. soup, simple meals, beverages and international businesses where he was responsible for financial strategy, planning, reporting and balance sheet management. Prior to joining Campbell, Skidmore spent 15 years at DuPont Co., where he held a variety of financial leadership positions, including leading DuPont's finance function across Asia Pacific. Skidmore began his career at Conoco Philips.

    Skidmore is currently on the board of trustees for the Science Museum of Minnesota, where he serves on the Audit and Finance Committee. He is also a director on the Finance 50 and CHS Pension Plan boards. 

    He holds a bachelor's degree in risk management from the University of Georgia and a Master of Business Administration in finance from Widener University, Chester, Penn.

Jim Zappa

  • Executive Vice President and General Counsel
  • Jim Zappa is executive vice president and general counsel for CHS Inc., the nation’s leading farmer-owned cooperative and a global energy, grains and foods business.  In his role, Zappa provides counsel to CHS leadership and the CHS Board of Directors on issues related to company strategy and its execution, corporate governance, government affairs, and compliance with laws and regulations, including the CHS global compliance program. He also works with the CHS corporate finance team to ensure the company maintains the processes and infrastructure that support robust Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) reporting and compliance, disclosure and investor communications.  In addition to his role as general counsel, Zappa currently serves as a director for Ventura Foods, LLC. 

    Zappa joined CHS in April 2015 after serving as vice president, associate general counsel and chief compliance officer for 3M Company. In that position, he led a global legal team responsible for overall corporate compliance and business conduct. He previously served as vice president, associate general counsel, International Operations, working with 3M global subsidiaries and business operations. His career also included serving as counsel to the 3M Board’s Compensation Committee, assistant general counsel for consumer and office business and human resources; and counsel and assistant general counsel for labor and employment law. Prior to joining 3M, he worked for UnitedHealth Group and for the law firm Dorsey & Whitney.

    Zappa earned a juris doctor degree from the University of Minnesota Law School, a master’s degree in communication arts and sciences from the University of Southern California, and a bachelor’s degree from Drake University. He is an active community volunteer and currently serves as a director of the Greater Twin Cities United Way and the Boy Scouts of America, Northern Star Council. 

     

Dan Schurr

  • Chairman, CHS
  • Dan Schurr joined the CHS Board of Directors in 2006 and currently serves as chairman of the CHS Board and the Board’s Executive Committee. Schurr previously served as secretary-treasurer and, more recently, first vice chairman of the CHS Board. 

    In addition to his duties on the CHS Board, Schurr sits on the board for Blackhawk Bank and Trust, serving on its audit and loan committees. He is past chairman and current member of the board for the Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area and past director of the River Valley Cooperative of Mt. Joy, Iowa, and the Great River Bank. He is active in numerous agriculture and community organizations and was named the Iowa Jaycees Outstanding Young Farmer in 2004.

    Schurr holds a bachelor’s degree in agricultural business, with a minor in economics, from Iowa State University. He raises corn and soybeans near LeClaire, Iowa. Schurr also operates a commercial trucking business. He has completed the National Association of Corporate Directors comprehensive Director Professionalism course, received its Certificate of Director Education and Board Leadership fellow status.

Region 1 (Minnesota)

Perry Meyer

  • Director
  • Perry Meyer was elected to the CHS Board of Directors in 2014. He serves as a member of the Board’s Audit and Corporate Risk committees. He currently serves as a director for Heartland Corn Products Cooperative, a board on which he has served since 1992. Meyer also is a member of and active in a broad range of other cooperative and agricultural organizations including United Farmers Co-op, Winthrop, Minn.; Central Region Cooperative, Sleepy Eye, Minn.; Minnesota Farm Bureau, Minnesota and Nicollet County corn growers associations and Minnesota Pork Producers Association. 

    Meyer serves as president of the Steamboat Pork Cooperative, Lafayette, Minn. He is chairman of the NU-Telecom Board, which he has served on since 1995, and a director for the Minnesota Valley Lutheran School Foundation. He is past director for the former CHS Oilseed Defined Investment Board and has previously held leadership roles on numerous local government boards as well.

    Meyer holds a degree in agricultural mechanics from Alexandria (Minn.) Technical School. He attended the CHS New Leaders Forum in 1985 and is a 2006 graduate of the Minnesota Agriculture and Rural Leadership (MARL) program. Along with his daughter and son-in-law, Meyer operates a 2,500-acre corn and soybean farm near New Ulm, Minn., and finishes 12,000 hogs annually.

David Johnsrud

  • Secretary-Treasurer
  • David Johnsrud was elected to the CHS Board of Directors in 2012 and currently serves as secretary-treasurer of the CHS Board and the Board’s Executive Committee. He serves as a member of the Corporate Risk and Governance committees. He currently serves on the board of directors for the Cooperative Network. He formerly served as board chairman for AgCountry Farm Credit Services, as well as chair of its human resources committee. He has served on the Minnesota Farm Credit Legislative Committee as director and chairman; was chairman of the Minnesota Farm Credit nominating committee for the AgriBank election in 2012, and served on the Farmers Union Oil and CHS Prairie Lake Co-op boards of directors from 1987 through 2007. Johnsrud also has served on the Mid-Minnesota Association Board, with terms as secretary and chairman, and served on the State Directors’ Association, with terms as treasurer. 

    In 2010, Johnsrud completed the Farm Credit Services Premier Governance Series, became a Certified Director, and is a 2010 graduate of Minnesota Agricultural Rural Leadership Class V.  He has completed course work and been designated a Board Leadership Fellow by the National Association of Corporate Directors. Johnsrud farms in partnership with his brother and nephew near Starbuck, Minn.

Alan Holm

  • Director
  • Alan Holm was elected to the CHS Board of Directors in 2013. He serves as chairman of the Board’s Corporate Risk Committee and is a member of the Board’s Government Relations Committee. He is a member of the board of the Citizens Bank of Minnesota. Previously, Holm was a member and served as chairman of CHS Annual Meeting Resolutions Committee. He is a past member of the River Region Co-op Board, where he served for 21 years, with 12 years as chairman. Holm also served as chairman of the Southern Minnesota Co-op Directors’ Association and secretary of the Minnesota State Co-op Directors’ Association. In addition, he has also held leadership positions with the Brown County Farm Service Agency county committee, Ag Star Financial Services Advisory Board and Renville Co-op Transport.

    Holm holds an associate’s degree in machine tool technology from Mankato Technical College and has completed his Director Professionalism course through the National Association of Corporate Directors. He was awarded a Certificate of Director Education and board leadership status in 2016.

    He partners with his daughter and son-in-law to raise corn, soybeans, sweet corn, peas and hay on their farm near Sleepy Eye, Minn., which has been in his family since 1870. Holm also has a cow-calf herd. He has participated in numerous cooperative and agriculture educational programs, along with being an active coach and leader in area youth baseball and softball programs.

Scott Cordes

  • Director

  • Scott Cordes was elected to the CHS Board of Directors in 2017 and currently serves as a member of the Board’s Audit and Corporate Risk Committees. He was president of CHS Hedging, LLC from 2000 to 2016 and served on the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s ag advisory committee from 2013 to 2016. Cordes is a member of a number of cooperatives including Ag Partners, Goodhue, Minn.; CFS (Central Farm Service), Owatonna, Minn., and Farmers Co-op Oil Company, Echo, Minn. He currently serves as board chair for Security State Bank of Wanamingo and previously served as a director for the Minneapolis Grain Exchange and the National Futures Association.

    Cordes holds a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, and he completed the Graduate Institute of Cooperative Leadership at the University of Missouri-Columbia. With his brother and nephew, he operates a 1,000-acre corn and soybean farm near Wanamingo, Minn. 
     

Region 2 (Montana, Wyoming)

Edward Malesich

  • Director
  • Ed Malesich was elected to the CHS Board of Directors in 2011. He serves as a member of the Board's Capital and Governance committees. He is a member of the Montana Stock Growers Association, Montana Grain Growers Association, Farm Bureau and Montana Farmers Union. He currently serves on the board of the Montana Council of Co-ops. 

    Malesich was previously director and served 12 years on the board of Rocky Mountain Supply, Inc., Belgrade, Mont., and 18 years on the board of one of its predecessor cooperatives. In addition, he served 13 years on the board of Northwest Farm Credit Services, Spokane, Wash., an $8 billion association serving four states. During his tenure with that organization, Malesich served two years as board chairman. He also served 16 years as a director for the East Bench Irrigation District. 

    Malesich holds a bachelor’s degree in agricultural production from Montana State University and is a member of the Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity. He is president of Malesich Ranch Co., a diversified operation raising 1,300 head of commercial Angus cattle on 14,000 acres near Dillon, Mont. It also utilizes federal, state and private land leases. Malesich Ranch also raises wheat, malt barley and hay on 2,000 irrigated acres and operates a custom haying business.  He has completed the National Association of Corporate Directors comprehensive Director Professionalism course and has been awarded its Certificate of Director Education and Board Leadership Fellow status.

Region 3 (North Dakota)

Dennis Carlson

  • Director
  • Dennis Carlson was elected to the CHS Board of Directors in 2001. He is a member of the Board’s Corporate Risk and Governance committees. He has also served as first and second vice chairman of the Board. Carlson was previously chairman of the Farmers Union Oil Company of Bismarck/Mandan, N.D., and served on that board for 18 years.

    A fourth-generation farmer, Carlson and his wife, Kristi, raise wheat, sunflowers and soybeans near Mandan, N.D.  He has completed the National Association of Corporate Directors comprehensive Director Professionalism course and has been awarded its Certificate of Director Education and Board Leadership Fellow status.

Jon Erickson

  • Second Vice Chairman
  • Jon Erickson was elected to the CHS Board of Directors in 2011 and currently serves as second vice chairman of the CHS Board. He is chairman of the Board’s Government Relations Committee and serves as a member of the Board’s Capital Committee. He previously served as a member of the CHS Annual Meeting Resolutions Committee. He is a member of North Dakota Farmers Union and the North Dakota Stockman’s Association. Erickson previously served as director and chairman for Enerbase of Minot, N.D., an energy and agricultural supply cooperative. He is a past director on the North Dakota Farmers Union board (NDFU), the NDFU Mutual Insurance board and the National Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board. He is the third generation of his family to serve in a cooperative leadership role. 

    Erickson holds a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics from North Dakota State University. He operates the third-generation Diamond T Ranch southwest of Minot, N.D., where his family raises small grains and oilseeds and has a commercial Hereford/Angus cow-calf operation. He has completed course work and been designated a Board Leadership Fellow by the National Association of Corporate Directors.

Steve Fritel

  • Director
  • Steve Fritel was elected to the CHS Board of Directors in 2003. He is a member of the Board’s Capital and Governance committees. Fritel has previously served as secretary-treasurer, first and second vice chairman of the CHS Board. He served four years on the former Harvest States Wheat Milling Defined Member Board and 21 years on the board of Rugby Farmers Union Elevator. He is a past board member of the North Central Experiment Station Board of Visitors, the North Dakota Farm and Ranch Business Management Advisory Board, and Envision. He is also a past board member of the Quentin Burdick Center for Cooperatives. 

    Fritel earned an associate’s degree from North Dakota State College of Science, Wahpeton. He has completed course work and been designated a Board Leadership Fellow by the National Association of Corporate Directors. Fritel is involved in a wide range of agricultural and co-op organizations. He raises cash grain, including spring wheat, barley, soybeans, edible beans, corn and confectionary sunflower on a family farm near Rugby, N.D. Along with his son, Fritel has continued to run his father’s 50-year-old family business which deals in the sale of farm grain storage and related equipment.

Region 4 (South Dakota)

Randy Knecht

  • Director
  • Randy Knecht was elected to the CHS Board of Directors in 2001 and serves as a member of the Board’s Capital and Government Relations committees. Knecht previously served as assistant secretary-treasurer of the CHS Board. Knecht is a past board member for the American Coalition for Ethanol and is a past board member and chairman of Full Circle Ag and Northern Electric Cooperative.

    Knecht holds a bachelor’s degree in agriculture from South Dakota State University. He is a partner in a family farm operation near Houghton, S.D., which raises corn, soybeans and alfalfa, as well as beef cattle. Knecht has completed the National Association of Corporate Directors comprehensive Director Professionalism course and has been awarded its Certificate of Director Education.

David Kayser

  • Director
  • David Kayser was elected to the CHS Board of Directors in 2006. He serves as chairman of the CHS Foundation Finance and Investment Committee and is a member of the Board’s Audit Committee. Kayser currently serves on the Mitchell Technical Institute Foundation Board. He previously was a member of the CHS Annual Meeting Resolutions Committee. He served as director and chairman of the Farmer’s Alliance, Mitchell, S.D., as well as chairman of the South Dakota Association of Cooperatives.

    Kayser raises corn, soybeans and hay near Alexandria, S.D., and operates a cow-calf and feeder-calf business. He has completed the National Association of Corporate Directors comprehensive Director Professionalism course and been awarded its Certificate of Director Education.

Region 5 (Wisconsin, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia)

Mark Farrell

  • Director
  • Mark Farrell was elected to the CHS Board of Directors in 2016. He is a member of the Board’s Audit and CHS Foundation Finance and Investment committees. He served as a director on the Premier Cooperative board, Mount Horeb, Wis., from 2000 to 2017 and was president from 2000 to 2004. Before that, he served on the board of directors for Mount Horeb Farmers Co-op from 1992 to 2000. He was the president of that board from 1996 until 2000 when Mount Horeb merged with Patrons’ Mercantile Cooperative to form Premier Cooperative. Farrell was also a director at United Ethanol from 2006 to 2017. 

    Farrell graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison College Ag and Life Sciences short course in 1978. With his brother and son, Farrell operates a corn, soybean and wheat farm in Dane County, Wis.

Tracy Jones

  • Director

  • Tracy Jones was elected to the CHS Board of Directors in 2017 and currently serves as a member of the Board’s Governance and Foundation committees. He has been a board member of CHS Elburn (Ill.) since 1996 and board chairman since 2011. Jones previously served on the boards of DeKalb County Farm Bureau, DeKalb Kane Cattlemen’s Association and DeKalb County Corn Growers. He currently is vice chairman of the DeKalb County Board and a board member on the DeKalb County Long Term Recovery Corporation. 

    Jones earned an associate’s degree in farm management from Kishwaukee College, Malta, Ill., and is a 2006 graduate of the Illinois Agricultural Leadership Foundation program. He operates a fourth-generation family farm near Kirkland, Ill., that raises 2,600 acres of corn, soybeans and wheat along with feeding 1,400 head of cattle annually.
     

Region 6 (Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Utah, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Alaska) — a director will be elected at the 2017 Annual Meeting

Russel Kehl

  • Director

  • Russ Kehl was elected to the CHS Board of Directors in 2017 and currently serves as a member of the Board’s Capital and Governance committees. Most recently, Kehl served as a director for CHS SunBasin Growers, Quincy, Wash. He had been a director since 2004 for CHS Connell Grain, which merged with CHS Sun Basin in 2017 to create CHS SunBasin Growers.  He was a member of the CHS Resolutions Committee in 2011-2012 and previously was vice chairman of the Columbia Basin Seed Association.

    Kehl participated in numerous leadership programs including through Northwest Farm Credit Services, the National Potato Council and the CHS New Leaders Program. He and his wife operate a 12,000-acre irrigated farm that raises 11 crops, primarily potatoes and dry beans, and includes a cow-calf herd. The Kehl family also owns a dry bean processing facility, runs a custom farming business and owns and operates a trucking and logistics company. 
     

Region 7 (Iowa, Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee)

Dan Schurr

  • Chairman, CHS
  • Dan Schurr joined the CHS Board of Directors in 2006 and currently serves as chairman of the CHS Board and the Board’s Executive Committee. Schurr previously served as secretary-treasurer and, more recently, first vice chairman of the CHS Board. 

    In addition to his duties on the CHS Board, Schurr sits on the board for Blackhawk Bank and Trust, serving on its audit and loan committees. He is past chairman and current member of the board for the Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area and past director of the River Valley Cooperative of Mt. Joy, Iowa, and the Great River Bank. He is active in numerous agriculture and community organizations and was named the Iowa Jaycees Outstanding Young Farmer in 2004.

    Schurr holds a bachelor’s degree in agricultural business, with a minor in economics, from Iowa State University. He raises corn and soybeans near LeClaire, Iowa. Schurr also operates a commercial trucking business. He has completed the National Association of Corporate Directors comprehensive Director Professionalism course, received its Certificate of Director Education and Board Leadership fellow status.

Region 8 (Nebraska, Kansas, Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas)

Steve Riegel

  • Assistant Secretary-Treasurer
  • Steve Riegel was elected to the CHS Board of Directors in 2006. He serves as chairman of the Board’s Governance Committee and is a member of the CHS Foundation Finance and Investment Committee. Riegel is also an advisory director for Bucklin (Kan.) National Bank. He is the former chairman of Pride Ag Resources, Dodge City, Kan., and previously served as a director and officer for Ford-Kingsdown Cooperative and Co-op Service, Inc.

    Riegel attended Fort Hays State University, Hays, Kan., and majored in agriculture business and animal science. He raises irrigated corn, soybeans, alfalfa, dryland wheat and milo near Ford, Kan. He has completed the National Association of Corporate Directors comprehensive Director Professionalism course and been awarded its Certificate of Director Education and Board Leadership fellow status.

Don Anthony

  • Director
  • Don Anthony joined the CHS Board of Directors in 2006. He is assistant secretary-treasurer of the Board and the Board’s Executive Committee. He is a member of the Board’s Audit and Corporate Risk committees. He is a past director of Country Partners Cooperative and was formerly chairman for All Points Cooperative of Gothenburg, Neb., and Lexington Co-op Oil. Anthony is active in several state and local cooperative and agricultural organizations

    Anthony earned a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics from the University of Nebraska. In April 2013, he was elected to the Nebraska Hall of Agricultural Achievement. He raises corn, soybeans and alfalfa near Lexington, Neb. Anthony has completed the National Association of Corporate Directors comprehensive Director Professionalism course, been awarded its Certificate of Director Education and was among the first corporate directors in the U.S. to earn NACD distinction as a Board Leadership Fellow. He was a 2014 recipient of the Nebraska Agribusiness Club’s Service to Agriculture Award.

C.J. Blew

  • First Vice Chairman
  • C.J. Blew was elected to the CHS Board of Directors in 2010 and currently serves as first vice chairman of the CHS Board and the Board’s Executive Committee. He is a member of the Board’s Corporate Risk and Government Relations committees. Blew previously served as second vice chairman of the CHS Board and a member of the CHS Annual Meeting Resolutions Committee. He is serving his fifth and final term on the Mid Kansas Coop (MKC) board of directors in Moundridge, Kan., where he previously served as chairman, vice chairman and secretary. He is a member of the Hutchinson Community College Ag Advisory Board, Kansas Livestock Association, Texas Cattle Feeder’s Association and the Red Angus Association of America.

    Blew holds an applied science degree in farm and ranch management from Hutchinson Community College. He farms and ranches in southcentral Kansas in a family partnership. Blew has achieved Board Governance Fellowship status from the National Association of Corporate Directors.