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Executive Director

Clare, MI
December 26, 2020

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Personnel, Program, and Business Management





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Clare, MI 48617



I grew up on the cash crop/beef farm that my Dad managed. I developed a love for farming and began helping at an early age. My love for agriculture grew stronger as I learned more about it by taking every agricultural class available at my high school and became the FFA Chapter President.

I had successful leadership roles in various agricultural businesses with concentration in livestock feed and fertilizer. In 2010, I successfully ran for state representative for the 97th district of the Michigan House of Representatives. I was known for problem-solving servant leadership. I helped reduce regulation, assisted in balancing the budget, and initiated changes to improve opportunities for education, agriculture, and small business. My constituency greatly appreciated a no-nonsense approach to government representation. They re-elected me overwhelmingly until I was term limited. Shortly thereafter, I accepted an appointment as the State Executive Director of the USDA Farm Service Agency in Michigan. I am honored to have received compliments by agency leaders, general staff, and partner agencies for improved communication, transparency, and implementation of farm programs and farm loan management in Michigan.


Small Beef Backgrounding Operation

Family Watersports

Attending Grandchildren’s Events



Classic Vehicles

Community Events


Michigan State University Institute of Agricultural Technology

Graduated March 1978

Major: Elevator and Farm Supply Management

GPA: 3.75

Merrill Community Schools

Graduated 1976

Future Farmers of America: Chapter President


USDA- Farm Service Agency: State Executive Director for Michigan

October 2017-Present

- Responsible for Implementation of USDA FSA Farm Programs and Farm Loans in Michigan through 49 County Offices and 1 State Office.

- Created a team culture of accountability, through direct supervision of state leadership team and oversight of approximately 250 full time employees plus intermittent part time employees.

- Improved interaction within the agency, various partner organizations, legislators and other government agencies.

Johnson Consulting: Private Contractor

January-October 2017

-Primary Client Mid-Michigan College (MMC)

-Government Affairs

-Helped lead development of experiential learning career center to coordinate with employers and skilled trades students

-Collaborated with Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance, employers, MMC, and Delta College to help develop an Employee Talent Pipeline

Michigan House of Representatives: State Representative


-Term limited after three elected terms as a state legislator representing a rural northern Michigan constituency of 90,000 people.

- Chairman of House Committee on Workforce and Talent Development. Also served on Committees on Agriculture, Commerce, Judiciary, Tourism and Outdoor Recreation, Natural Resources, Financial Services, and Insurance.

-Collaboratively developed, introduced and passed legislation to increase opportunities for skilled trades training in high schools

Johnston Elevator Division of Cutler Dickerson Co. (Clare): Manager


-Directed all aspects of a respected feed and farm supply business. Facilitated excellent improvement in sales, profitability, and condition of equipment and facilities.

Wayne Feed Division of the Continental Grain Co.: District Salesman


-Feed sales to and for dealers in about 1/3 of Michigan. Received extensive training in animal nutrition, business management, financial analysis, listening skills, and salesmanship.

American Bean and Grain Corporation (St. Louis, MI): Manager


-Dry Beans, Fertilizer, Seed, Chemicals, and Custom Application

-Excellent growth in all areas of the business

Sebewaing Farmers’ Cooperative: Sales


-Consultive sales of fertilizer, seed, chemicals, and feed.

-Purchasing and Pricing of Fertilizers, directed custom application

Detroit Stake Farm (Merrill, MI): Division Manager


-Managed the calf division and worked on a beef/cash crop farm

W.R. Grace & Company: Wholesale Sales


-Sold fertilizer and chemicals to dealers in Ohio and Indiana


Relationship Building

Proven Successful Team Building and Development

Financial Management/Business Management and Planning

Public Relations/Communications

Public Policy Analysis, Improvement, and Implementation

Agricultural Lending Management

Commercial Agronomy Management/experience in consultive sales, soil testing, blend formulation and custom application

Commercial Liivestock Nutrition Management and Sales

Equipment Maintenance Management

Computer Skills-learned and operated programs as needed

Community Activities

Michigan Farm Bureau: Silver Plow Award

Clare County Farm Bureau: Past President

Clare Area Chamber of Commerce: Former President

Mid Michigan Big Brothers Big Sisters: Former Board Member

Michigan Agr-Business Association: Former Board Member

MSU Extension: County Advisory Council

Various Church Leadership Positions


Available upon request

Thank you for your time and consideration.

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