NGFA elects officers and board of directors

The National Grain and Feed Association’s (NGFA) members have re-elected JoAnn Brouillette, president and managing partner of Demeter LP in Fowler, Indiana, as NGFA chairman.

NGFA distributed a ballot on March 15 to member companies eligible to vote (active and affiliated association members) for the election of NGFA’s board of directors and industry officers and the ratification of amendments to NGFA’s bylaws, trade rules and arbitration rules. Ballots were due on March 26.

Election of NGFA officers and directors

Congratulations to NGFA’s industry officers who were re-elected to serve one-year terms:

  • NGFA chairman: JoAnn Brouillette, managing partner, Demeter LP; Fowler, Indiana
  • NGFA first vice chairman: Greg Beck, senior vice president, grain division, CGB Enterprises; Covington, Louisiana
  • NGFA second vice chairman: Chris Boerm, president, global transportation, Archer Daniels Midland Co.; Decatur, Illinois

Congratulations to NGFA’s new directors elected to serve three-year terms on NGFA’s board:

  • Matt Ashton, CEO, New Vision Cooperative; Brewster, Minnesota
  • Augusto Bassanini, president and CEO, United Grain Corp.; Vancouver, Washington
  • Gary Beachner, president and CEO, Beachner Grain Inc.; Parsons, Kansas
  • Jeff Bechard, senior vice president, grain, Central Valley Ag; York, Nebraska
  • Jean Bratton, CEO, Centerra Cooperative; Ashland, Ohio
  • Dawn Caldwell, head of government affairs, Aurora Cooperative; Aurora, Nebraska
  • Mark Cullen, senior vice president, feed and livestock, The Equity; Effingham, Illinois
  • Chris Faust, managing director, North America and country manager U.S., COFCO International Grains US LLC; Chicago
  • Tom Fernandes, director of commodity finance, Grain Service Corp.; Atlanta
  • Brian Gier, vice president, sales, Purina Animal Nutrition LLC, Land O’Lakes Inc.; Arden Hills, Minnesota
  • Bill Krueger, president, trade and processing group, The Andersons; Overland Park, Kansas
  • Mike Tate, director, origination North America, Bunge North America Inc.; Chesterfield, Missouri

Ratification of amendments to NGFA’s bylaws and rules  

The ratified amendments involved changes to:

  1. NGFA’s bylaws broadening the application of existing term limits for members of the executive committee
  2. NGFA’s trade rules to define what is a “container” under the rules and align the terms for billing in the barge trade and barge freight trading rules
  3. NGFA’s arbitration rules to address concerns related to the filing of arguments, requesting extensions and oral hearings, and expanding legal liability protections for NGFA and its arbitrators

For the full text of those amendments, click here.