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

2017 GEAPS Leaders



Voting for the International Board of Directors is now closed. GEAPS will announce election results at the Annual Meeting on Wednesday, July 19, at GEAPS Leadership Education and Networking Workshop in Minneapolis, Minnesota.


Steve Myers, Bunge Milling, Kansas City

Mr. Steve Myers is an elevator superintendent at Bunge Milling, Atchison, Kansas.

He joined GEAPS in 2008 and has served in International and chapter leadership. Steve currently serves on the International Board of Directors, International Executive Committee, Membership Committee and is a director for Kansas City. He has also volunteered on the Exchange Host Advisory Council and as a Student Day speaker. In 2013, he was named a Chapter Member of Distinction. Outside of GEAPS, Steve helped Bunge supply all local EMS stations with grain-entrapment rescue tubes.

“I really enjoy being on the International board. Working with all the different committees and seeing the effort everyone puts into their role as committee members is truly amazing. To be involved in making GEAPS a better organization is very rewarding.”


Steele Boyd, Riceland Foods, Mid-South

Mr. Steele Boyd is director of commodity operations at Riceland Foods, Inc. in Stuttgart, Arkansas. He joined GEAPS in 2011 and has served in chapter leadership. Steele currently serves as secretary/treasurer of Mid-South.

“Conservation, quality, and safety are key parts of the future of grain-related operations. I have a strong interest in and aptitude for discovering new and innovative ways to strengthen these goals. As an International Board director, I will bring years of agricultural experience and a dedication to the future leadership of grain-related operations.”


Scott Brittingham, CGOM, GQM, PCRM, Mountaire Farms, Mid-Atlantic

Mr. Scott Brittingham is grain 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 Mid-Atlantic and was recognized as Chapter Member of Distinction in 2011 and 2014.

“Having earned a certification and two specialist credentials from GEAPS, and having assumed a leading role in the our chapter’s outreach to FFA students, I feel I have a unique perspective to offer as GEAPS continues to expand its programs and influence as the knowledge resource for the grain handling and processing industry.”


Barbara Grove, CGOM, GQM, Farmway Cooperative Inc, Great Plains

Ms. Barbara Grove is a quality systems manager/assistant grain operations manager at Farmway Cooperative Inc, Beloit, Kansas. She joined GEAPS in 2010 and has served in International and chapter leadership. Barbara currently serves as a member of the International Board of Directors, the Exchange Educational Programming Committee, and as president of Great Plains. She has also volunteered as a moderator at Exchange and as a program speaker at GEAPS chapter and Kansas Grain and Feed Association events. Outside of GEAPS, she is a member of Women in Agribusiness, Rotary, and Leadership Mitchell County-Kansas Leadership Council.

“I fully believe in GEAPS core purpose of being the knowledge resource for the world of grain handling and processing operations. Whether it be with the International Board of Directors, Exchange Educational Programming Committee, local chapter or my company, developing and educating our employees is a big focus for me. I feel the Board has great strategic plans in place to continue moving forward and finding the best avenues for our members, and I am fully committed to advancing these plans.”

Jeff Jones, MKC, Great Plains

Mr. Jeff Jones is director of southern operations at MKC in Newton, Kansas. A GEAPS member since 2013, he has served in International and chapter leadership. Jeff currently serves on the International Board of Directors and as treasurer of Great Plains. He has also volunteered on the Chapter Leader Advisory Support Council, Exchange Host Advisory Council, as a Student Day speaker and as a moderator. Outside of GEAPS, Jeff serves on the Hutchinson Community College Ag. Advisory Board.

“As a current board member the past two years, I am honored to promote GEAPS as the leader in grain knowledge and professional development for the grain handling and processing industries. I am committed to working as an International Board director the next three years alongside my fellow elevator and grain processing experts. As the state of agricultural changes daily, it will be imperative to be in the forefront of current and future concerns and upcoming regulatory issues.”

Philip Kelly, CGOM, Louis Dreyfus Company, Gulf South

Mr. Philip Kelly is general superintendent at Louis Dreyfus Company in Port Allen, Louisiana. A GEAPS member since 1999, he has served in chapter leadership. He currently serves as president of Gulf South and was named GEAPS’ top recruiter for 2016 by recruiting 13 new members. Outside of GEAPS, he serves on the North American Export Grain Association Grades and Inspection Committee New Orleans LA Port Range Subcommittee.

“It has been my pleasure to work in the grain industry for just over 33 years. It is my desire and commitment to continue the work GEAPS has done to help create that enthusiasm and share it with current and upcoming generations of grain handling professionals.”

Kris Smelser, MillerCoors, Intermountain

Mr. Kris Smelser is the MT/WY regional manager for MillerCoors, Power, Montana. He joined GEAPS in 2006 and has served in International and chapter leadership. Kris currently serves on the International Board of Directors and Chapter Resource Committee (CRC).

“I have had the privilege to be part of some exciting changes being part of the CRC and would like the opportunity to see the changes through as an International Board director.”