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Note: The last day to vote in the 2014 elections was Monday, Jan. 20. The election and candidate information below is for reference only. Results from the elections will be announced at Exchange 2014 in Omaha and in the March issue of the In-Grain newsletter.

Slate of Candidates Ready for 2014 Leadership Election

Seven seek four positions on International Board
Four seek to fill four positions on Associates Board


Nominations are in for open International and Associates Board positions. Vote for your favorite from a slate of outstanding candidates by Jan. 20. All active Regular and Associate members will receive an online ballot with voting instructions via email in December.

There is a strong slate of candidates for both the International and Associates board openings. There are seven candidates for four available positions on the International Board, and four candidates for four positions on the Associates Board.

International Board election results will be announced at GEAPS’ Annual Meeting, to be held Feb. 25 at Exchange 2014 in Omaha. Associates Board director election results will be announced during the Associate members meeting Feb. 24 at the Exchange.

International Board Vacancies

At the Exchange, three director spots on the International Board become available. The International candidates will fill positions currently held by Chad Cook, Deseret Grain Storage, Intermountain Chapter; Jacob Elder, Purdue Agribusiness, Mid-Atlantic; and Wes O’Bannon, Farmway Cooperative Inc., Great Plains.

Incumbent elected directors who will continue to serve are Eric Kelley, Attebury Grain LLC, Tri-State; David Marr, Michigan Agricultural Commodities, Michigan/So. Ontario; Marcus Neal, Lansing Trade Group, Kansas City; Barb Quandt, West Central, Greater Iowa; Robert Taylor, Cargill Inc., Minneapolis; and Tom Winkel, MaxYield Cooperative, North Iowa.

The 2nd vice president seat will also become available at the Exchange as current officers succeed to their next positions. Marcus Neal, director of facility operations for Lansing Trade Group and current International Board director, is running unopposed for the position of 2nd VP. If elected, Neal will be on track to become GEAPS International president in 2016-2017.

Due to a change in employment, International President Slav Waplak no longer meets the eligibility requirement to succeed to the office of Board chair. However, the International Board voted at its Nov. 20 meeting to waive the bylaw requirement and retain Slav as International president through the end of the term coinciding with the Annual Meeting at the Exchange. Because Slav is ineligible to “succeed” to the office of Board chair, the succession protocol is that the incumbent chair would continue to serve in that role if willing to do so, and that if not, succession would pass to Board chair predecessors in order of succession.

Incumbent officers who will continue to serve for 2014-2015 are First Vice President Jim Jundt, Pacific Ethanol Columbia LLC, as International president; and Second Vice President Matt Kerrigan, Bunge, as first vice president.

Associates Board Vacancies

Four director seats will open on the Associates Board in February as well. Associate member candidates will fill positions currently held by Jeany Hesse, Integra Plastics, Siouxland; Brend King, Intersystems, Kansas City; Colin McClure, PMI Nebraska LLC, Greater Nebraska; and Robert Paige, Hazmasters Inc., Canadian Prairies.

Incumbent Associates Board directors who will continue to serve are: Ross Carlson, Chief Agri-Industrial Division, Minneapolis; Rick Fifer, 4B Components Ltd., Cornbelt; Janice Kantola, Argonics, Michigan/So. Ontario; Cheryl Lansink, Comco Mfg., Siouxland; Kent Mellen, BM&M Screening Solutions, Minneapolis; Greg Van Sickle, TSGC, North Iowa; Daryl Watts, RCI Safety, North Iowa; and Ed Zdrojewski, Grain Journal, Cornbelt.

Incumbent Associates Board officers who will continue to serve are Associates Board President Scott Chant, Safe Grain/Maxi-Tronic, Seaway, as immediate past president; Vice President Bob Klare, River Consulting, Gulf South, as president; and Secretary Jeff Roumph, WD Patterson Co. Inc., Kansas City, as vice president.

GEAPS Elections: Place Your Online Vote Quickly and Securely

Whether you are a Regular member or an Associate, casting your vote for GEAPS leaders is as easy as one, two, three.

Be on the lookout for an election email in the coming weeks, and follow the link to vote.

  1. Open the email and click on the survey link
  2. Enter the password supplied in the email
  3. Follow the instructions and cast your vote!

It’s that easy to cast your ballot and make a difference.