COTTAGE GROVE – Landmark Services Cooperative (LSC) Chairman of the Board John Blaska was recently recognized for his success in completing the three-year Advanced Governance Series (AGS) training through Farm Credit Counseling Services (FCCS).  

Developed solely for cooperatives, the AGS merges timely, content-rich courses and dynamic collegial interaction. Focus is given to the complexities of governance today and fiduciary responsibilities directors face. The result is a proven path to higher board performance and greater confidence for directors seeking substance and significance.

 Over the course of the three-year program, Blaska joined directors from agricultural cooperatives across the nation as part of an AGS membership group. These participants take part in six core modules, each focusing on an area essential to excellence in governance. The modules provide a solid foundation for leadership decision-making.

Throughout this series, Blaska had the opportunity to network with others in similar roles while furthering his education, thereby demonstrating his dedication to the cooperative and its member owners.

Jim Dell, Landmark CEO and president explains, "The Landmark board chairman’s decision to participate in the AGS training emphasizes the board’s commitment to excellence. This program not only provides comprehensive training to complement our strategic plan, but also exposes our directors to tactics and management practices used by other progressive cooperatives that participate in this program."  

Upon completion of this series Blaska was recognized for his achievements at the April Landmark Services Cooperative Board of Directors meeting. Jim Dell, Landmark CEO and president, presented Blaska with an Advanced Governance Series Certificate of Achievement. 

The Landmark Services Cooperative Board of Directors was part of a leading group of cooperative board members who helped FCCS develop this series of training board governance. Members of the Landmark Services Cooperative Board of Directors take part in FCCS training throughout the year.

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