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.

Steve Myers

International 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 president, Steve 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. Steve also serves as a director of the Kansas City Chapter.

 

Jeff Jones

International 1st 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 first vice president, Jeff serves as a member of the Executive Committee and Marketing Oversight Committee. Jeff also serves as GEAPS representative to the NGFA Board, a member of the Chapter Resource Committee, a member of the Chapter Leader Advisory Support and Information Council and as president of the Great Plains Chapter.

Barbara Grove, CGOM

International 2nd Vice President

Central Valley Ag Cooperative

Great Plains Chapter

Ms. Grove, CGOM is quality systems manager at Central Valley Ag Cooperative, Beloit, Kansas. She joined GEAPS in 2010 and was elected in 2019 as second vice president in succession to the office of 2021-22 president. As International second vice president, Barbara serves as a member of the Executive Committee and as Sponsorship Campaign co-chair for Exchange 2020. For the 2019-20 year, Barbara also serves as the International Board liaison to the Exchange Educational Programming Committee and as a member of the Executive Committee. She also serves as director 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 2019-20, he also serves as a member of the Chapter Resource Committee and the Chapter Leader Advisory Support and Information Council.

Steve Records, CAE

Executive Vice President

GEAPS

Steve is GEAPS’ chief staff officer and serves staff liaison to the GEAPS International Board of Directors and Executive Committee. Steve joined the GEAPS staff team in 2019.

Julia Kloehn, CAE

Operations & Component Relations Leader and International Secretary

GEAPS

Julia oversees GEAPS general operations management. 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 2019-2020, he also serves as a member of the Membership Committee and 2020 Host Advisory Council.

Robert Taylor

International Board Chair

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 Board chair, Robert leads GEAPS’ strategic plan review, development and implementation oversight. He also chairs the Marketing Oversight Committee and the Nominations Committee for the International Board 2020 election, and serves as a member of the Executive Committee. Robert also serves as Secretary of the GEAPS Foundation.

Chris Blair

Director

NEW Cooperative Inc

Greater Iowa Chapter

Mr. Blair is the regional manager at New Cooperative, Inc., Oomeroy, Iowa. He has been a GEAPS member since 2007. Chris was elected in 2015 as an International Board director. For 2019-20, he also serves as chair of the Continuing Education Program Oversight Committee, a member of the Marketing Oversight Committee and a director of the Greater Iowa Chapter.

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. For 2019-20, Scott also serves as vice chair of the Chapter Resource Committee and as a member of the Chapter Leader Advisory Support and Information Council.

Mason Cady

Director

GM Lawrence & Co

Greater Iowa

Mr. Cady is director of operations and safety for GM Lawrence & Co in Essex, Missouri. He joined GEAPS in 2012 and has served in international and chapter leadership.

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 president, Regan is one of three Associate member representatives to the GEAPS International Board of Directors. For 2019-20, he also serves as a member of the Continuing Education Program Oversight Committee and Marketing 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. For 2019-20, David also serves as a member of the Chapter Leader Advisory Support and Information Council and as president of the Tri-State Chapter.

Bob Horvat, PE

Director

Cargill Inc

Minneapolis Chapter

Mr. Horvat, PE is mfg tech lead for Cargill Inc, Wayzata, Minnesota. He has been a GEAPS member since 2010 and was elected in 2019 as an International Board director. For 2019-20, Bob also serves as a member of the 2020 Host Advisory Council and as director of the Minneapolis Chapter.

Tim Kramer

Director

Bunge North America

Kansas City Chapter

Mr. Kramer is maintenance superintendent for Bunge North America, Atchison, Kansas. He has been a GEAPS member since 2010 and was elected in 2019 as an International Board director. For 2019-20, Tim also serves a member of the membership and continuing education program oversight committees, as a member of the chapter leader advisory support and information council and as president of the Kansas City Chapter.

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. The Associates Board vice president is also one of three Associate-member representatives to the GEAPS International Board of Directors. For 2019-20, Vince also serves as a member of the Exchange Educational Programming Committee and Marketing Oversight Committee.

Todd Morey

Director

AGI AIRLANCO

Kansas City Chapter

Mr. Morey is territory manager at AGI AIRLANCO, in Falls City, Nebraska. Todd has been a GEAPS member since 2010 and was elected in 2014 as an Associates Board director. As Associates Board secretary, Todd 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 2019-20, Todd 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.

Paul Steinlage

Director

General Mills Inc.

Kansas City Chapter

Mr. Steinlage is operations manager at General Mills, Inc, Kansas City, Missouri. He has been a GEAPS member since 2008 was elected in 2019 as an International Board director.