Leadership

A Team for Seed Success

Dedicated to providing farmers with the seed they need for success on their farm, the AgVenture management team works relentlessly to equip every Regional Seed Company with the best the industry has to provide.

“Trust is at our core. Our customers trust that our Regional Seed Companies and their employees will provide them with our exceptional seed products locally adapted to their soils and growing environments along with the best, real-time knowledge, tools and production support that allow them to maximize profit on every field.”

Matthew Paul

General Manager

Matthew's professional career has been dedicated to the seed and agriculture industry, with specific leadership in business, finance, and marketing.  His leadership skills provide AgVenture with planning, development, establishment and deployment of effective strategies and objectives.

Education:

  • University of Iowa, Masters of Accounting
  • University of Iowa, Bachelors of Science in Accounting

Continuing Education

  • Pricing Strategy for Marketers and Product Managers, DuPont Marketing Academy
  • DuPont Marketing Excellence for Practitioners (DMX-P)
  • DuPont Marketing Academy, DuPont Marketing Excellence for Project Teams (DMX-T) - Seed Treatment, Project Team Member
“Our network of Regional Seed Companies is not only the largest network in the nation, but also is the very best. As a seed company, our wide genetics access isn’t effective without the local knowledge — the boots on the ground — of our RSC network; people who understand the local growing conditions. These are the top yield specialists in their areas, and it’s a pleasure to work with them to deliver the genetics their customers need to boost yield.”

Chuck Schneider

Regional Business Development Manager

Chuck brings business development, leadership and marketing support to the AgVenture Regional Seed Companies in the eastern U.S. He directs strategic growth initiatives and recruits new seed companies into the AgVenture national network.

Education

  • Simpson College, bachelor’s in management/agricultural resources

Continuing Education

  • ASTA Management Academy
  • Dow™ Chemical Six Sigma Greenbelt
“The technology pipeline is at a new peak of productivity. Our ability to take full advantage of new products, new science and innovative relationships is critically important to our growers’ success.”

Scott Hart

Product/Technical Marketing Director

Scott’s 25 years in the seed industry have taken him to Pioneer, Garst, Monsanto, and now to his current duties with AgVenture. Through his experience in product management, sales agronomy, sales management and business development, Scott directs AgVenture’s Product and Technical Marketing efforts.

Education

  • Iowa State University, Bachelor of Science degree in agronomy

Continuing Education

  • Certified Crop Advisor
  • Purdue University Center for Food and Agricultural Business: ASTA Management Academy, Advanced Management Forum, Strategic Agri-Marketing
  • Cal Tech: Strategic Pricing, Business Negotiation
  • Fluno Center at the University of Wisconsin – Madison: Product Management
“I often say I’m a placement counselor for soybeans, and I’m not joking. It’s my responsibility to match the genetics to specific conditions of our growers’ land. This keeps me in constant contact with agronomists from several leading seed producers. We keep our own observation plots, and I travel all over the country visiting different seed-producer plots searching for the best new varieties. The key goal is to build a custom product lineup for each Regional Seed Company in our network so they can better serve grower needs.”

Jeff Shaner

Seed and Technology Manager/Soybean Product Manager

Since joining our company in 2001, Jeff has worked to keep our market position well ahead of the technological curve. With over 20 years in the industry — everything from bagging operations to field, plant and operations manager positions — his vast experience keeps customer yields high.

Education

  • University of Wisconsin – Platteville B.S. in agribusiness
“The AgVenture approach to the seed business is innovating and refreshing. Managing production of more than 100 soybean varieties and 150 corn hybrids nationwide is a dynamic task that we take very seriously. With AgVenture, every customer benefits through access to uniquely adapted hybrids and varieties custom-fit to their acres.”

Bill Hoben

Production Manager

Bill brings six years in corn production from DEKALB™ Genetics Corporation to his position of Production Manager at AgVenture. He supervises all seed production and works with multiple producers and conditioners throughout the industry. He also interacts with and supports AgVenture Regional Seed Companies and manages their supply needs.

Education

  • Carl Sandburg College, Associate of Science degree
  • Illinois State University, Bachelor of Science in agribusiness
“I have dedicated my career to seed research and improvement. While the seed industry has made huge strides in the types of seed products available, AgVenture leads the way in sourcing specifically adapted seed products selected to perform in diverse and unique environmental conditions. AgVenture’s independent seed company business model is both resilient and practical. The model ensures that the most competitive and regionally adapted seed products are placed with growers.”

Dr. Keith Campbell

Seed & Technology Manager

Keith holds over 25 years of experience in the seed industry, including roles in corn product advising, production research and product representation. His duties with AgVenture include assisting with corn seed production and placement, directing strategic growth initiatives and recruiting new Regional Seed Companies into the AgVenture network.

Education

  • Ph.D., plant pathology/plant breeding, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • M.S., plant and soil science, University of Delaware at Newark
  • B.S., Agricultural Economics, University of Wisconsin – Madison

Professional Organizations

  • American Phytopathology Society
  • Crop Life Ambassador Program
  • Pheasants Forever
“AgVenture’s approach to sourcing the right products for specific growing environments is second to none. I take great pride in our ability to select the right products and get them to each of our Regional Seed Companies. It’s that combination of the right products with the RSCs knowledge of their customers, their growing environments and their dedication to working together with growers year-round that truly allows their customers to succeed. Working for AgVenture combines my passions for agronomic leadership and a dedicated commitment to customer’s success.”

Louis Sutton

Product & Technology Manager

Utilizing his past experiences as a regional agronomist and district sales manager for companies such as Mycogen Plant Sciences and Stine Seed, Louis manages seed and technology analytics, grain sorghum initiatives and acts as an agronomic technical liaison between research and production/sales. In addition, Louis also lends his energy to strategic growth and business development.

Education

  • Bachelor of Science, management, Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas

Professional Training

  • Certified Crop Adviser – American Society of Agronomy
  • Advanced Selling "Dare To Be Different," by Bob Clements
  • "Improving Yourself to Improve the Team," by Rod Osthus
  • "RADE- Recruiting Active Dealers Effectively," by Roger Watke
  • Value Based Relationships I-IV, by Roger Watke
“Having personally experienced the demands and challenges of independent business ownership, I can relate to our RSC owners. They are a remarkable group of seedsmen and business professionals. Their commitment to their customers’ success comes first each and every time. They attract and build strong teams of employees who share their vision. The success and growth of these companies across the region is testament to the both the products and the people.”

Frank Peterson

Regional Business Development Manager

Frank brings three decades of experience and expertise to RSCs from the Dakotas to the Gulf, and from the Rockies to the Mississippi River.  He worked for a decade in the corporate seed business with Novartis where he served in leadership, sales and business development roles. His early career was in the ag retail and fertilizer business, working in the western Cornbelt.

Education:
Bachelor of Science Degree in Agronomy from South Dakota State University

Continuing Education:
Leadership Academy
General Business Management Training
Strategic Agri-Selling Course
Targeted Selection New Hire Training
Performance Team Counselor Sales Training

Professional Organizations:
Past President Albion Lions Club
Past Member Nebraska Integrated Pest Management Advisory Board
Past Member and Director Bloomington Rotary Club

 

“Providing excellent service to our Regional Seed Companies is critical to success in the marketplace. We win when they win.”

Kirk Graeve

Operations Manager

Kirk’s 15-year career in the seed industry provides AgVenture with a wide range of expertise and knowledge. Kirk guides AgVenture’s operations with experience in finance, credit and collections, marketing, and business improvement. Kirk also has farm roots and was raised on a corn, soybean and hog farm near Harlan, Iowa.

Education:

  • Buena Vista University at Storm Lake, Iowa, Bachelor of Arts in Marketing
  • University of Iowa, Master of Business Administration
“Agriculture is continually evolving, and I'm excited to bring innovative strategies to AgVenture. I hope to continue our commitment to growers by leveraging AgVenture's local selection, seed treatments, seed quality and Maximum Profit System.”

Tiffany Hamil

Marketing Manager

Tiffany brings nearly 15 years’ experience in marketing and communications to the AgVenture team in her role as Marketing Manager. With skills that span communications strategies, interactive initiatives and a deep knowledge of agriculture marketing, Tiffany provides AgVenture with the direction and experience to create effective marketing campaigns to attract new customers and keep them growing with AgVenture.

Education:

  • Northwest Missouri State University, Bachelors degree in Marketing and Management