I grew up on a family farm south of Lawrence where my parents still raise corn, wheat, and cattle. I spent my childhood helping with harvest, planting, fixing fence, and working cattle. I attended Lawrence/Nelson High School where I was involved in FFA, football, basketball, and baseball. My wife, Jaycee, and I live in Nelson with our one-year-old daughter Blaine. We are expecting our second child in October.
I have been a grain merchandiser with Aurora Cooperative at the Sedan terminal for about 5 months. After graduating from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with an ag business degree, I started working for Commodity Solutions Inc. in Humphrey as a grain merchandiser. I worked there for about 4 years before accepting a job with Aurora Cooperative. The trade area I cover includes Nuckolls, Clay, Webster, Adams, Thayer, and Fillmore counties.
The best part about my career is having the opportunity to be involved in agriculture and talk with producers about what is going on out in the field. I believe that having an ag-based background allows me to relate to some of the circumstances that our owners are facing. I feel it’s my responsibility to provide accurate, up-to-date market information daily to our owners. Keeping up with what is going on in the markets is key to our owners’ bottom line, so being able to relay relevant market information to them is important.
I believe in working hard to make our owners profitable and Aurora Cooperative successful, while continuing to always be an advocate for agriculture.