Kala Jenkins, KCoe Isom
As a manager for KCoe Isom, Kala improves upon the financial performance of food and agriculture producers through strategic planning, operational consulting, and risk management. Her background in grain merchandising and ag lending has provided her with a unique insider’s perspective on the challenges and issues her agricultural clients are contending with. Due to a fundamental love for the Agriculture industry instilled by her family farm experience, Kala has immersed herself in helping producers businesses take a holistic approach to their financial and personal success through strategic planning, operational consulting, and risk management. Kala’s insights have helped position agribusinesses for both survival and success – from agricultural lending, cash flow strategies and debt optimization to grain marketing, succession plans and advocacy. She is a proactive catalyst for agribusiness success – enabling their growth, optimization, and expansion.
Josh Linville, StoneX Financial Inc. - FCM Division
Josh Linville is the Director of Fertilizer for StoneX Financial Inc. – FCM Division. Having grown up in Northwest Missouri on a family farm that raised row crops, tobacco and livestock, Josh brings a unique point of view to the fertilizer markets. With 20 years of experience in the fertilizer industry, Josh has operated in roles that have given him perspective on the market as a North American logistics specialist, a U.S.-based nitrogen producer, and General Manager of Trade in Melbourne Australia. Josh and his team, which spans around the world, have been hard at work educating the market on how to use fertilizer futures markets to not only offset price risk but also be able to sell products to farmers well before fertilizer producers release their physical sales programs.
David Okerlund, Featured Speaker
What can one say about a person who states that the best job he ever had was when he worked on a garbage route for four years in order to save up money to go to college? As David tells his audiences, “That’s when I learned one of the greatest lessons in life—it’s not what I’m doing in life that gives me my dignity. It’s the attitude I bring to what I’m doing, and I can have just as much self-esteem working on a John Deere 4020, as some executive sitting behind a five-thousand-dollar mahogany desk—if I wake up with the right attitude about what I’m going to do that day.”
Over the last twenty years, David has worked with some of the greatest companies and organizations in America and abroad. He has presented numerous seminars and keynote addresses on topics like change management, leadership skills, creativity, and sales and customer service He has helped design communication and persuasion classes for university students and has been described by baseball Hall of Fame shortstop Ozzie Smith and others as the “best personal speech coach in the United States.”
In 1998, David founded the Creative Communications Institute, an organization dedicated to assisting individuals and corporations with their communication needs. He continues to work with corporate executives, political figures, and celebrity athletes to improve their speaking skills.
David has presented over 2,000 speeches to over one million people all over the globe from Anchorage, Alaska to Cairo, Egypt. He has spoken to audiences as small as fourteen people to national conventions of over 25,000. David is a member of the International Hall of Fame for Speakers and has taught speech and debate at Oxford University in England, designed classes in Persuasion and Ethics for university graduate students, and teaches a national executive leadership course at Cornell University in New York.
David has written five books including most recently, Managing the Margins of Greatness, and I Like the Depression. His newest book, Gathering Pebbles is schedule to come out in March of this year.He also founded The Creative Communications Institute, an organization dedicated to assisting individuals and corporations with their communication needs.
David Widmar, Agricultural Economic Insights
David Widmar is an agricultural economist specializing in agricultural trends and the farm economy. Through his research, he supports agribusinesses and farmers in their strategic and planning efforts. David’s current work can be found at Agricultural Economic Insights, aei.ag, which he cofounded with Dr. Brent Gloy in 2014.
Prior to Agricultural Economic Insights, David was a researcher with the Department of Agricultural Economics at Purdue University, and served as the economist for the Kansas Department of Agriculture.
David received his master’s of science degree from Purdue University, and a bachelor’s of science from Kansas State University, both in agricultural economics.
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