Ag Faces in the Crowd: Meyer to head EC/SS

Wisconsin State Farmer
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Meyer is GM of East Central/Select Sires

The East Central/Select Sires Board of Directors has named Jerome Meyer, Viroqua, WI, as the new general manager for the 75-year-old, southern Wisconsin, artificial breeding cooperative. He replaces retiring general manager, Alan R. Deming. Meyer has been employed with East Central/Select Sires since 2014 as a dairy program manager,
overseeing employees and operations in the cooperative's western Wisconsin territory.

Jerome Meyer

A graduate of UW-Madison, he previously worked for the Holstein Association in the classification department, in addition to being an integral part of their training team. Meyer has judged cattle shows throughout the on the planning committee for the International Post-Secondary Dairy Cattle Judging Contest at World Dairy Expo.

Starting in early January, Meyer will work closely with Deming to learn the structure, financials, and regular activities associated with the general manager position — providing the new general manager with solid footing to take off from. Deming will officially retire in July.


Cramer receives Cooperative Builder Award

United Cooperative President and CEO David Cramer was honored on Nov. 14, by Cooperative Network with the “Cooperative Builder Award” at its Annual Meeting held in Stevens Point, WI. The award is Cooperative Network’s highest honor, given to individuals who have made significant contributions to the cooperative movement. Cramer was nominated for the award by his peers in the cooperative industry.

During the ceremony, Cramer was recognized for his service to cooperatives, and for the success of building United Cooperative to be the largest farm supply cooperative in Wisconsin, with locations in more than 30 communities. Since his arrival in Beaver Dam to serve as general manager at Dodge County Cooperative, David has grown what is now known as United Cooperative from $7 million in sales to more than $570 million in sales.


BioZyme promotes Gillig

BioZyme® Inc., manufacturers of natural supplements for a variety of livestock, has promoted Ken Gillig of Aurora, MO to Key Accounts Manager in the Supplement Division.

Ken Gillig

In his new role, Gillig will be responsible for growing the key BioZyme accounts which provide coverage across multiple states and play a significant role in the growth, expansion and customer loyalty of BioZyme and its products. He will also identify and secure additional key accounts in areas not currently represented, continue to promote significant growth within the Supplement Division and increase nationwide access to Supplement Division products.

As the Key Accounts Manager, Gillig will champion the coordination needed to build long-lasting relationships with our key growth partners and their teams. Gillig started with BioZyme in 1982 as an Area Sales Manager.


Zinpro Corp. adds Global Commercialization manager

Zinpro Corporation announced that Mark Scott has joined the company as commercialization manager – global. In this newly created position, Scott will manage new product projects and the commercialization process for Zinpro Corporation, bringing new products and business applications to the marketplace.

Mark Scott

Scott’s primary responsibility will be to coordinate and guide the company’s Sales, Marketing, and Research & Nutritional Services teams on all aspects related to new product development and global commercialization. In addition, Scott will work with management to further develop the current commercialization process and manage the project portfolio.


Real Estate Auction Company hires Joel King

The nation's leading real estate auction marketing firm expands its agriculture team with the hire of Joel King, CAI and Arkansas Auctioneer Hall of Fame recipient. King will serve as a National Auction Marketing Specialist. King represented the company at their southwest regional office from 2002-12.

King has served many land owners through the auction process, representing them with their farm and land sales with properties that include Wagner Farms, a 2,300-acre recreational property in Tennessee, which sold for $2.3 million and the Fairgrounds Bankruptcy in Craighead County, AK., which consisted of 11.7 acres and sold for $2.75 million.

Joel King