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Craig Floss

Chief Executive Officer

Brian Jones

Chief Operating Officer

Lindsay Calvert

Leadership Development Manager

Lindsay Calvert, Leadership Development Manager, manages training and development for the Iowa Corn board, committees, staff, and members. She also coordinates the I-LEAD and CAT programs as part of Iowa Corn’s leadership development efforts. Lindsay grew up on a farm in Guthrie County. After vowing as a 14-year-old that she...

Shannon Textor

Director of Marketing and Communications

TJ Page

Market Development Manager

Brandi Snyder

Public Relations Manager

Mackenzie Felt

Publications Manager

Mackenzie Felt, Publications Manager, writes most publications for Iowa Corn including the Roots magazine, Warm Welcomes magazine and Insider member email. Mackenzie is a fourth generation farmer who grew up on her families century farm in Dallas County, IA raising cattle, pigs, corn, and soybeans. Prior to Iowa Corn she...

Victoria Butt

Communications Outreach Manager

Victoria Butt, Communications Outreach Manager, handles the Iowa Corn social media platforms, as well as oversees Iowa Corn’s consumer outreach programs, including the Iowa Food and Family Project and CommonGround. Victoria also manages Iowa Corn’s producer and consumer outreach events such as the Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series, the Iowa Corn...

Mindy Larsen-Poldberg

Director of Government Relations

Kevin Studer

Federal Policy Advisor

Kevin J Studer, Attorney and Federal Policy Advisor has been involved with agriculture policy for over 20 years serving in many roles in Washington, DC on Capitol Hill and the United States Department of Agriculture. He currently resides in West Des Moines and enjoys spending time with his wife and...

Emily Callison

Government Relations Manager

Jim Gumpert

Director of Grower Services

Jim Gumpert, Director of Grower Services, directs the activities of the Grower Services Team comprised of 8 District Field Managers and is the Staff Lead for the Grassroots Network, Membership and Checkoff (GNMC) Committee at Iowa Corn. Jim has an extensive background in Iowa and Global Agriculture having spent more...

Lowell Appleton

District 1 Field Manager

Lowell Appleton, District Field Manager, covers 12 counties in northwest Iowa. Since 1980 Lowell has been a small acreage farmer. Prior to Iowa Corn he worked off the farm for 35 years as an accountant for a local health care provider. His involvement with Iowa Corn first started when he...

Joni Erwin

District 2 Field Manager

John Finley

District 3 Field Manager

John Finley, District 3 Field Manager, covers 11 counties in NE Iowa. Those counties include Allamakee, Black Hawk, Bremer, Buchanan, Chickasaw, Clayton, Delaware, Dubuque, Fayette, Howard and Winneshiek.

Janelle Kracht

District 4 Field Manager

Janelle Kracht, District 4 Field Manager, covers West Central Iowa where she enjoys working with county and district board members, planning and implementing several county events and activities all while advocating for agriculture. She also enjoys working with consumers and sharing the farmers story. Janelle has been with Iowa Corn...

Carrie Dodds

District 5 Field Manager

Danielle Balvin

District 6 Field Manager

Jenni Richards

District 7 Field Manager

Alyssa Preston

District 9 Field Manager

Rod Williamson

Director of Research and Development

David Ertl

Technology Commercialization Manager

David Ertl, Technology Commercialization Manager, manages research programs related to profitable corn production technologies such as the Genomes To Fields Initiative. David is a native of Connecticut and received his Bachelor’s degree in Agronomy from the University of Connecticut. He then attended Iowa State University where he obtained a Masters...

Ben Gleason

Sustainable Program Manager

Alex Buck

Industrial Innovation Manager

Alex Buck, PhD is the Industrial Innovation Manager directing and coordinating the new uses research portfolio of Iowa Corn. In addition to being a technical lead, Alex also manages the patent strategy and licensing strategy for converting corn to value-added projects. Alex grew up outside of agriculture in Cedar Rapids....

Julie Kirby

Director of Finance and Business Operations

Sarah Kirk

Financial Manager

Lynnette Rohrs

Administrative Services Manager

Michele Poe

Administrative Assistant

Donna Lemon

Administrative Assistant

Valerie Sanchez

Accounting Analyst

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