Chief Executive Officer
Jim Chism became FC's CEO on November 1, 2012 following a long career at Frenchman Valley Farmers Cooperative (FVC) in Imperial, Nebraska. Jim began his career at FVC in 1982 folowing a three year stint with De Kalb after graduating from Missouri Western State College with a BS in Agricultural Economics. He was promoted to Assistant General Manager in 1998 and became General Manager on January 1, 2000.
Sr. Vice President & CFO
Mark began his career in 1976 in operations and sales, working for his family owned business, Miner Farm Supply, which was an agronomy facility. Later in 1986 his family sold the business to Mid Iowa Coop where Mark stayed on as the Assistant Manager; later relocating to Earlham, IA as the Location Manager. In 1996 Mark moved to the FC - Farnhamville location and began working as a Financial Analyst. Mark took on his current role, Chief Financial Officer/Vice President of Administration in 2002.
Mark and his wife Cherlyn have 2 daughters and reside in Perry, Iowa.
Sr. Vice President - Grain Marketing and Logistics
Jon received his bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Science from the University of Illinois in 1987. He began his career with The Pillsbury Company and then transitioned to the Peavey Grain Co., a division of ConAgra in a variety of origination, trading, and management positions. Jon began his career with FC in 1996 as grain merchandiser, and he is currently our Sr. Vice President - Grain Marketing and Logistics. Jon served on the National Grain & Feed Association Board of Directors and was active on several committees within the organization. He has also served on the Grain Inspection Packers & Stockyards Association (GIPSA) advisory committee as a member and past chairman.
Jon is a native of Geneseo, IL and currently resides in Fort Dodge, IA with his wife Bridgett and their 3 children.
Sr. Vice President - Operations
Devin grew up on a diversified crop and livestock farm in Lyon County Iowa. While pursuing an Economics and Agricultural Business Degree from Iowa State University, he had the opportunity to do a summer internship with FC, which segued into a full time role as a Financial Analyst upon graduation in 2008. He spent time training in each division of the company, before focusing his efforts on Agronomy Operations working with the Regional Operations Managers. In 2013 he took on his current role of leading the ROMs and Operations Solutions Team as the Sr. VP of Operations. Devin resides in Des Moines.
Sr. Vice President of Agronomy
Ray was born in Ohio and graduated from The Ohio State University in 1991 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture. In July of 1991, he joined Purina Mills. Ray has held various manufacturing and operational roles over the past 19 years with Land O’ Lakes Purina Feed LLC. Most recently, his role was Manufacturing Operations Manager with LOLPF, where he was responsible for 24 plants located in Minnesota, Wisconsin, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, Illinois, and Indiana. Ray came to FC in June of 2010 as the Senior Vice President of Feed. He has since transitioned to the Senior Vice President of Agronomy.Ray resides in the Ames area with his wife, Katie, and their two daughters.
Sr. Vice President - Feed
Ron received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Feed Science and Management from Kansas State University in 1993. He has held various feed operations management positions ranging from plant manager of a single location, to overseeing multiple locations spanning several states. Ron has supervised the construction of new mills as well as rebuilding older facilities to make them productive again. Companies he has worked for include Murphy Family Farms – North Carolina, Choctaw Maid Farms, Inc. – Mississippi, Heartland Pork Enterprises, Inc. – Iowa, and Murphy-Brown, LLC – Iowa. Ron came to FC in February 2011 as Vice President of Feed Operations and transitioned to Senior Vice President of Feed in September 2011.
Ron resides in Ankeny, Iowa with his wife Christie and son Ethan.