SPEAKERS

    Greg Beck, Senior Vice President, CGB Enterprises, Inc.

Greg’s career began as a barge fleet dispatcher in Cincinnati, OH after graduating from Purdue University with a BS in Mechanical Engineering Technology and an MS Agricultural Economics. Through his beginning in marine transportation, new duties were learned in truck dispatch and bulk terminal operations.  After that initial experience in logistics and transportation, he began to originate grain from producers which led to trading commodities among the various transportation modes including truck, rail and barge.  In addition to trading in the late 80s, he began to manage facilities, smaller to larger, which led to general management for two of CGB’s five grain division regions. 

In July of 2002, he assumed the role of Vice President of Consolidated Grain and Barge Co. and became an officer for CGB Enterprises, Inc.  Today, Greg is Senior Vice President for CGB Enterprises, Inc. with focus on growth and strategy.  Throughout his career, Greg has served on and/or chaired or co-chaired different committees both inside and outside of CGB.  Today, he is 1st Vice Chair for the National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA), Chair of the NGFA Foundation and serves on the Executive Committee.  Outside the industry, he serves as President of the Gulf South BMW Owners Club and sits on the board of Grace Adventures.
     
    Amy Cornell, President, Agribusiness Council of Indiana

Amy Cornell is a vice president with Bose Public Affairs Group as a member of the firm’s government relations team. Amy focuses on the firm’s clients in the areas of state and local government relations, grassroots lobbying and stakeholder engagement. In addition to her public affairs practice, Amy is of counsel with Bose McKinney & Evans LLP in the Agribusiness Group.

Amy serves as president of Agribusiness Council of Indiana (ACI) and is a member of the Purdue Agriculture Dean’s Advisory Council. She is an adjunct faculty member at the Robert H. McKinney School of Law. Recently, Amy was chosen as the consultant who will lead the development of a new cooperative agriculture law program with IU McKinney School of Law and Purdue University. Prior to joining Bose Public Affairs Group, Amy served as policy advisor and counsel for Indiana Farm Bureau.

Amy received her bachelor’s degree in management from Purdue University. She went on to receive her juris doctorate from Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law and a LL.M. in agricultural law from the University of Arkansas School of Law.

     
    Tom Coyle, former Managing Director, North America, COFCO International (ret.)

Tom started started his 42-year career in agriculture with the former Continental Grain Corp in 1976, where he worked as grain originator, grain elevator manager, regional merchandiser, soy bean trading manager, regional manager Minneapolis, assistant general manager in Kansas City, VP of grain origination for North America in Chicago. He thereafter joined Nidera in 1999, overseeing the company’s grain origination and marketing and the two export facilities in the US. He equally supported Nidera Australia during a period of time.  Tom was appointed MD of North America following the creation of COFCO International in 2017.

Tom’s presence in the industry was not limited to his roles in the various companies. As an active member of the National Grain and Feed Association (NFGA), he served as chairman of the Risk Management Committee before being elected the association’s first vice chairman in 2006. He also has served as an arbitrator, has been a member of the NGFA Board of Directors and Executive Committee, and has served as second vice chairman, prior to his election as the NGFA’s 62nd industry chairman in 2008. Tom retired from COFCO International in March of 2019.
     
 

Ambassador Jeffrey Gerrish, Partner, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and Affiliates
Ambassador Gerrish returned to the Skadden law firm in 2020 after serving as second in command only behind Robert Lighthizer at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. In this role, he formulated and implemented U.S. trade policy for Asia, Europe, and the Middle East and led critically important trade negotiations, and developed and executed strategies to address trade barriers and unfair trade practices in countries around the world.  Ambassador Gerrish served as lead negotiator for the U.S.-China Economic and Trade Agreement and played a key role in the negotiation or renegotiation of several other major trade agreements, including the U.S.-Japan Trade Agreement, the U.S.-Japan Digital Trade Agreement, the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement and the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement. In addition, from April 2018 to May 2019, Ambassador Gerrish also served as acting president and chairman of the Export-Import Bank of the United States, where he developed and implemented major policy initiatives, including an increased focus on programs to aid small businesses. 
Presently, Ambassador Gerrish helps clients navigate challenges and barriers in international trade and investment.

     
    Samuel Goldberg, Producer, Silo
Samuel Goldberg is a film, television, theatre and live events producer. He began his career as an actor and moved into writing and creative producing while studying at the University of Pennsylvania. Samuel has produced multiple award-winning documentaries including Web and Silo: Edge of the Real World. He has also worked with renowned artists Jon Batiste, Shaina Taub and Louis Cato, to name a few. Most recently he produced the feature film SILO about a grain entrapment accident and rescue in a small American farm town. Samuel believes in the power of stories to produce empathy and, alongside his amazing wife, loves telling tales to their young daughter.
     
    Randy Gordon, President and CEO, National Grain and Feed Association

Randy Gordon has served nearly 43 years in various executive capacities at NGFA, most recently as the organization’s chief executive staff officer since 2012. NGFA in July announced that Randy will retire following the association’s 125th annual convention in March 2021. Randy joined NGFA’s staff on July 1, 1978 as its director of information services.

Randy is a recipient of the Distinguished Service Award from the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) – one of only eight industry members to be so honored during AAFCO’s 110-plus-year history. He also was recognized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2005 with an award for efforts to prevent the establishment or spread of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in the United States.

A Nebraska native, Randy is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with undergraduate degrees in journalism, history and political science. Prior to joining NGFA’s staff, he worked at the University’s Agricultural Communications Department for nearly three years.
     
    Michael Gunderson, Head of Agricultural Research & Strategy, MetLife Investment Management’s Agricultural Finance Group

Michael Gunderson is passionate about agriculture and strengthening the entire food value chain. He joined MetLife Investment Management as Head of Agricultural Research and Strategy in 2019. As director, Gunderson provides leadership to market analysis of annual and permanent agricultural crops, forest and timberland products, and agribusinesses to help drive investment strategy for MetLife Investment Management. In this role, Gunderson shares market insights regarding agricultural credit conditions, commodity price forecasts, and industry dynamics to support MIM’s agricultural portfolio.

Previously Gunderson was with the Purdue University and the University of Florida, both as a professor of agricultural economics. He has published research on agricultural credit, agribusiness management, and professional development.
     
    Heather Hughes, Vice President, Stroz Friedberg

Heather is a Vice President in Stroz Friedberg’s Houston office. She provides proactive cybersecurity risk mitigation services, information security incident response, ransomware response, digital forensic investigations, and electronic discovery matters for law firms and corporations. Heather also manages privacy compliance services including; PII, HIPAA risk assessments and GAP analysis.

Heather has over 25 years’ experience in risk management, HIPAA privacy and security and state data breach notification laws. Prior to joining Stroz Friedberg, Heather was the HIPAA Privacy Officer for a national litigation support company for over eleven years. In that capacity, Heather created and implemented a nationwide HIPAA privacy and security program in compliance with federal and state regulations. She also developed employee training, created computer and PDA policies, and managed Business Associate Agreements with over 3000 vendors and subcontractors, She coordinated physical, technical and administrative safeguards across 75 offices. Heather also conducted privacy and security risk assessments for law firms and corporate clients across the country. Heather is certified in Healthcare Privacy Compliance (CHPC) and is a Certified Healthcare Information Security Privacy Professional (HCISPP). She is a graduate of Florida State University where she earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Psychology. She earned her law degree from South Texas College of Law in Houston.

     
    Philip Luce, Grain Merchandising Specialist, White Commercial Corporation
Phil joined WCC in 1995. He heads up the Merchandising Development Team that consults with our customers on basis trading, spread management, grain origination, and other related items. As a dyed in the wool basis nerd, he loves writing about, talking about, and just generally enjoying basis trading in all its aspects. Outside of basis trading, you are likely to find him traveling with his family, fishing, or training Brazilian jiu jitsu. Phil lives in Palm City, FL with his wife and daughter.
     
     Kevin Van Trump, President and founder, Farm Direction and The Van Trump Report

Kevin is a leading expert in Agricultural marketing and analysis, he also produces an award-winning and world-recognized daily industry Ag wire called "The Van Trump Report." With over 20 years of experience trading professionally at the CME, CBOT and KCBOT, Kevin is able to 'connect-the-dots' and simplify the complex moving parts associated with today's markets in a thought provoking yet easy to read format. With thousands of daily readers in over 40 countries, Kevin has become a sought after source for market direction, timing and macro views associated with the agricultural world. Kevin is a top featured guest on many farm radio programs and business news channels here in the United States. He also speaks internationally to hedge fund managers and industry leading agricultural executives about current market conditions and 'black swan' forecasting. Kevin is currently the acting Chairman of Farm Direction, an international organization assembled to bring the finest and most current agricultural thoughts and strategies directly to the world's top producers. The markets have dramatically changed and Kevin is trying to redefine how those in the agricultural world can better manage their risk and better understand the adversity that lies ahead.