The Knowledge Resource for the World of Grain Handling and Processing Industry Operations

The International Board of Directors represents the interests of all members in evolving and advancing GEAPS’ strategic plan. The Board identifies and oversees the development and implementation of member programs and services that best serve GEAPS’ core purpose—providing forums that promote innovation and facilitate the exchange of ideas and information about grain industry operations safety, health, efficiency and environmental responsibility. GEAPS International bylaws define the Board structure. GEAPS International Officers are also on the Board.

The International Executive Committee is responsible for the development and oversight of GEAPS’ governance and operations policies. The committee also directs and oversees the development and allocation of governance, financial, volunteer workforce, operations management, support resources and services to ensure effective and efficient implementation of the Strategic Plan as developed by the International Board of Directors.

Robert Taylor

International President

Cargill Inc

Minneapolis Chapter

Mr. Taylor is technology and training leader at Cargill Inc., Wayzata, Minnesota. Robert joined GEAPS in 1995 and was elected in 2016 as second vice president in succession to the office of 2018-19 president. As International president, Robert chairs the Executive Committee, which develops GEAPS’ governance and operations policies and oversees financial and operations management services. The president also serves as a member of the Marketing Oversight Committee and as an ex-officio member of all other International committees. Robert also serves as Secretary of the GEAPS Foundation.

Steve Myers

International 1st Vice President

Bunge Milling

Kansas City Chapter

Mr. Myers is the elevator superintendent at Bunge Milling, Atchison, Kansas. He joined GEAPS in 2008 and was elected in 2017 as second vice president in succession to the office of 2019-20 president. As International first vice president, Steve serves as a member of the Executive Committee and Marketing Oversight Committee. Steve also serves as GEAPS representative to the NGFA Board, a member of the Membership Committee and as a director of the Kansas City Chapter.

 

Jeff Jones

International 2nd Vice President

MKC

Great Plains Chapter

Mr. Jones is director of southern operations for MKC, Moundridge, Kansas. He joined GEAPS in 2013 and was elected in 2018 as second vice president in succession to the office of 2020-21 president. As International second vice president, Jeff serves as a member of the Executive Committee and as Sponsorship Campaign co-chair for Exchange 2019. For the 2018-19 year, Jeff also serves as a member of the Executive Committee, a member of the Chapter Resource Committee, a member of the Chapter Leader Advisory Support and Information Council, as GEAPS representative to the KSU Grain Science and Industry Advisory Council and as treasurer of the Great Plains Chapter.

David McKerchar, MCGOM, P.Ag, CCA

International 3rd Vice President

Parrish & Heimbecker, Ltd

Canadian Prairies Chapter

Mr. McKerchar is the regional construction coordinator-Saskatchewan at Parrish & Heimbecker Ltd, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. He joined GEAPS in 2012 and was appointed in 2015 as International Third Vice President. For 2017-18, he also serves as a member of the Chapter Resource Committee and the Chapter Leader Advisory Support and Information Council.

David Krejci, CAE

Strategic Initiatives and Governance Leader and Executive Vice President

GEAPS

Mr. Krejci was named GEAPS executive vice president  in 1987. David joined the GEAPS staff team in 1982 as director of technical services. As executive vice president, David is GEAPS’ chief staff officer and serves as a non-voting member of the International Board of Directors, Executive and Nominations Committees. He also serves as GEAPS staff executive representative to the Kansas State University Grain Science and Industry Advisory Council, which he chaired from 2012-18. David is also the executive director of the GEAPS Foundation.

Julia Kloehn, CAE

Operations & Component Relations Leader and International Secretary

GEAPS

As operations leader, Julia oversees GEAPS general operations management. As component relations leader, she is staff liaison to the Associates Board of Directors. She also serves as GEAPS International Secretary. Julia joined the GEAPS staff team in 2007.

Mark Fedje

International Treasurer

General Mills, Inc

Minneapolis Chapter

Mr. Fedje is operations manager Minneapolis elevators for General Mills Inc., Minneapolis, Minnesota. He joined GEAPS in 1988. Mark was elected in 2007 as an International Board director and in 2009 as second vice president in succession to the office of 2011-12 president. As treasurer, Mark leads the International Board’s stewardship of GEAPS’ financial resources and Executive Committee development and oversight of funding strategies for member programs, services and general operations. Mark is also Board chair of the GEAPS Foundation and a member of the Marketing Oversight Committee. For 2018-2019, he also serves as a member of the Membership Committee.

Marcus Neal

International Board Chair

Kansas City Chapter

Mr. Neal was elected in 2012 as an International Board director and in 2014 as second vice president in succession to the office of 2016-17 president. As International Board chair, Marcus leads GEAPS’ strategic plan review, development and implementation oversight. He also chairs the Marketing Oversight Committee and the Nominations Committee for the International Board 2019 election, and serves as a member of the Executive Committee. Marcus also serves as  a member of the Membership Committee, as a director of the GEAPS Foundation and as first vice president of the Kansas City Chapter.

Chris Blair

Director

NEW Cooperative Inc

Greater Iowa Chapter

Mr. Blair is the regional manager at New Cooperative, Inc., Lohrville, Iowa. He has been a GEAPS member since 2000. Chris was elected in 2015 as an International Board director. For 2017-18, he also serves as chair of the Continuing Education Program Oversight Committee and a member of the Marketing Oversight Committee.

Steele Boyd

Director

Riceland Foods Inc

Mid-South Chapter

Mr. Boyd is director of commodity operations for Riceland Foods Inc, Stuttgart, Arkansas. He joined GEAPS in 2011 and was appointed in 2018 as an International Board director. Steele also serves as secretary/treasurer of the Mid-South Chapter.

R. Scott Brittingham, MCGOM

Director

Mountaire Farms

Mid-Atlantic Chapter

Mr. Brittingham is the regional manager at Mountaire Farms in Harrington, Delaware. He joined GEAPS in 2004 and has served in international and chapter leadership. Scott currently serves as treasurer of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter and was recognized as Chapter Member of Distinction in 2011 and 2014.

Mason Cady

Director

Ag Partners, LLC

Greater Iowa

Mr. Cady is EHS director for Ag Partners LLC in Albert City, Iowa. He joined GEAPS in 2012 and has served in international and chapter leadership. He currently serves as a member of the Chapter Resource Committee, Chapter Leader Advisory Support & Information Council and as secretary of the Greater Iowa Chapter.

Jacob Elder

Director

Proximity Malt

Mid-Atlantic Chapter

Mr. Elder is the assistant plant manager for Proximity Malt, Laurel, Delaware. He has been a GEAPS member since 2008. Jacob was elected in 2013 as an International Board director. For 2017-18, he also serves as the International Board liaison to the Membership Committee, as a member of the Chapter Leader Advisory Support and Information Council and as the secretary of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter.

Barbara Grove, CGOM

Director

Central Valley Ag Cooperative

Great Plains Chapter

Ms. Grove, CGOM is quality systems manager at Central Valley Ag Cooperative, Beloit, Kansas. She has been a GEAPS member since 2010 was elected in 2014 as an International Board director. For 2018-2019, she serves as the International Board liaison to the Exchange Educational Programming Committee and as a member of the Executive Committee. She also serves as past president of the Great Plains Chapter.

Regan Heaton

Director

SCAFCO Grain Systems

Inland Empire Chapter

Mr. Heaton is sales manager for SCAFCO Grain Systems, Spokane, Washington. He joined GEAPS in 2008 and was elected in 2015 as an Associates Board director. As Associates Board secretary, Regan is one of three Associate member representatives to the GEAPS International Board of Directors. For 2018-19, he also serves as a member of the Continuing Education Program Oversight Committee.

David Hoffman

Director

Ag Producers Cooperative

Tri-State Chapter

Mr. Hoffman is superintendent for Ag Producers Cooperative, Sunray, Texas. He joined GEAPS in 1996 and was elected in 2016 as an International Board director. David also serves as a member of the Chapter Leader Advisory Support and Information Council and as president of the Tri-State Chapter.

David Marr

Director

Michigan Agricultural Commodities

Michigan/So Ontario Chapter

Mr. Marr is an employee of Michigan Agricultural Commodities in Breckenridge, Michigan. A GEAPS member since 1998, he was elected in 2013 as an International Board director. For 2018-19, he also serves as vice chair of the Membership Committee.

Vince Marze

Director

WL Port-Land Systems, Inc.

Seaway Chapter

Mr. Marze is purchasing manager at WL Port-Land Systems, Inc., in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Vince has been a GEAPS member since 2010 and was elected in 2016 as an Associates Board director. As Associates Board secretary, Vince serves as Sponsorship Campaign co-chair for GEAPS Exchange. The Associates Board secretary is also one of three Associate-member representatives to the GEAPS International Board of Directors. For 2018-19, Vince also serves as a member of the Exchange Educational Programming Committee.

Kris Smelser

Director

MillerCoors

Intermountain Chapter

Mr. Smelser is the Montana regional supervisor for MillerCoors, Power, Montana. He joined GEAPS in 2006 and was elected in 2014 as an International Board director. For 2018-19, he also serves as the International Board liaison to the Chapter Resource Committee.

Darren Zink

Director

Hoosier Chapter

Mr. Zink is Global Product Manager for Tuthill Transfer Systems, Fort Wayne, Indiana. He joined GEAPS in 1999 and was elected in 2014 as an Associates Board director. As Associates Board vice president, Darren serves as a member of the Associates Board Director and Member Recognition Nominations Committee. The Associates Board vice president is one of three Associate member representatives to the GEAPS International Board of Directors and also serves as a member of the Marketing Oversight Committee. For 2018-19, he also serves as a member of the Continuing Education Program Oversight Committee.