Brady is a founding member of Firebird Artisan Mills and a veteran of the United States Navy. He has more than a decade of leadership experience. His background also includes technical expertise in a variety of areas such as packaging, project management and gluten-free milling.
Agspring leadership, with decades of experience, understands the complexity of global agriculture production, distribution and marketing.
Chief Executive Officer
Beemer has more than 28 years of grain and agriculture processing industry experience and has built a reputation and track record as a senior executive providing strategic and operational leadership. Over this time, he has served on boards of directors of multiple companies, and managed more than $5 billion in manufacturing and agricultural industry assets while working with multiple private equity firms. Most recently he served as CEO of Aventine Renewable Energy, where he revitalized the company.
Mark started his career in commodity trading at the Chicago Board and joined Louis Dreyfus Corp. in 1988, moving to Archer Daniels Midland Co. through the company’s 1993 joint venture, where he managed the corn and soybean merchandising operations. During his 13-year tenure with Archer Daniels Midland Co, he served in various key management roles, including strategic planning, operations and corporate transportation. In the Kansas City community, Beemer serves as a member of the National Agricultural Center and Hall of Fame board of directors.
Vice President, Corporate Asset Operations
Valenti brings Agspring more than 17 years of professional experience in technical and large asset operations management in the chemical processing, food ingredients, packaged consumer goods, large-scale wet corn processing and biofuels industries. Valenti recently served as plant manager for Alltech after holding several operations management positions at Aventine Renewable Energy Inc. Prior to that, Valenti was operations manager for B&G Foods while they obtained SQF certification, and technical manager for Parallel Environmental Services Corp. managing capital projects and improving operations, which contributed to record profits. Earlier in his career, Valenti served in various management and engineering roles with Tate & Lyle, a multinational agribusiness company.
Chief Financial Officer
As the CFO of Agspring, Stratton brings senior-level expertise in the areas of finance, risk assessment and technology to the team. He has more than 20 years of global experience serving as an executive in various entrepreneurial organizations primarily in the energy sector.
Stratton’s experience includes start-ups, private equity-funded ventures and Fortune 100 companies. Most recently, Stratton was CFO of ProEnergy Services, a service provider to the global energy industry. Additionally, he currently serves on the board of directors of Vertex Energy.
Vice President of Marketing, Customer Engagement and Sustainability
Warner brings Agspring more than two decades of diverse experience with both business and consumer markets through results-based market, product/service and channel development. Warner’s work with agricultural information systems, consumer packaged goods, and sustainable food ingredients has spanned market planning, product development, business development and marketing communications roles.
Previous to Agspring, Warner founded 4Comm Marketing Insights & Solutions, a market planning and operations consultancy. Warner has also served a Director of Marketing for On Demand Technologies and Embarq Logistics where he also led the corporation’s private-label manufacturer, Premier Telecom Products. Prior to that Warner held marketing, research and communications roles in the telecom, healthcare and entertainment industries.
Director, Human Resources
Trupka has been a versatile member of the corporate team since mid-2013, contributing to many functional areas including HR, finance and administration. As the human resources director of Agspring, she brings expertise in human resource management, quality assurance and accounting to expand the internal HR capabilities of the corporate team, institute college recruiting and internship programs, and continue staff development and training efforts.
Trupka’s previous roles at Agspring involved project management supporting mergers and acquisition activity, recruiting and managing employee relations, as well as helping develop the company’s training and onboarding program. Her work at Dine Equity included the development, implementation and reporting methods of a quality monitoring system for distributors and suppliers.
She remains active in the community as a member of SHRM-KC for HR professionals.
Assistant Vice President of Transportation and Supply Chain
Skatvold is responsible for overseeing all rail and truck logistics at Big River Rice and Grain and for Thresher Artisan Wheat, Agspring. He enhances Agspring’s customer base by providing consistent just-in-time delivery by truck or railcar, and by managing the Thresher private railcar fleet. He also works to ensure that the increasingly stringent requirements for food safety and security are met for both truck and rail movements.
Senior Vice President, Operations of Big River Rice and Grain
After three years in sales with Monsanto Company, Henderson spent 30 years directly involved in all aspects of production agriculture managing a rice, cotton, corn, soybean, wheat and milo farm.
In 2007, he joined Tubbs Rice Dryers, managing the elevator in Mer Rouge, Louisiana. During his time with Tubbs, the business grew from a volume of less than 1 million bu. to more than 7 million bu. annually. When Tubbs Rice Dryers became part of Big River Rice and Grain, Henderson remained in the manager’s role in Mer Rouge and managed construction projects at other locations as well.
Senior Vice President, Merchandising of Big River Rice and Grain
As VP of Merchandising, Towery adds depth to the merchandising team in export and domestic trading, truck, rail, barge and manages the trading strategy and execution for Big River Rice and Grain. Towery has an extensive background in the grain business, including four years with Bunge in soybean processing and grain divisions and 12 years as general manager of Bayou Grain, which in 2013 became part of Big River Rice and Grain.
Towery is committed to meeting facility and superior customer service expectations and assuring a fair price and accessible market for area producers to deliver their grain for Big River. Towery remains active in the community where he has served on many boards over the years including the USA Rice Federation Latin American Trade Policy committee and Ashley County Farm Bureau board. In addition, he is the former Chairman of the USA Rice Merchant’s Association.
Plant Manager of Firebird Artisan Mills
Senior Vice President of Merchandising at Thresher Artisan Wheat
Wille serves as the chief operating officer of Thresher Artisan Wheat. Wille has a deep background in the premium grain and wheat markets including most recently managing grain merchandising for General Mills. Previously, Wille managed special grains for ADM Benson Quinn and Farmland Atwood for nearly a decade and half.
Vice President, Operations
Harrison oversees operations for Thresher Artisan Wheat including all grain handling, seed cleaning and conditioning facilities. He has been a valuable contributor to the organization since he joined in 2015, and he brings considerable value to the entire team as Thresher continues to leverage natural strengths within milling quality supply chains. His considerable agricultural operations and logistics background with Cargill, J.D. Heiskill, YRC Worldwide and Thresher are a source of confidence to producers, customers and business partners.
Harrison’s promotion is effective immediately and includes all operations in Idaho including the newly expanded cleaning plant in Blackfoot.
Vice President, Merchandising
As VP of Merchandising, Hanson leads in the strategic management, implementation, and efficiency of purchasing and marketing grain for Thresher Artisan Wheat. Hanson brings twenty-eight years’ grain and agriculture experience in cost-effective merchandising strategies for area producers, including three years as senior risk manager for Land O’Lakes.
Hanson remains active in the community by currently serving on the National Grain and Feed Association Rules Committee. Over the years, Hanson has served on other boards including the National Grain and Feed Association Risk Committee, the American Feed Ingredient Association, and the Edina Baseball Association.
Huss brings a wealth of experience with a 40 year career in Senior Management roles at Archer Daniels Midland Company spanning merchandising and transportation areas of responsibility. Most recently, Huss was Senior Vice President and Chief Risk Officer at the company and has previously held the position of President of the company’s Agricultural Services and Transportation business units. Huss has a superior understanding of the U.S. grain supply chain including terminal operations as well as barge and rail logistics.
Tubbs has been in the agriculture business for more than 50 years, working in the grain elevator businesses well as farm production of corn, soybeans, wheat and rice. After merging his company, Tubbs Rice Dryers, Inc to become Big River Rice & Grain Company, Tubbs lead the new company as CEO until he retired in January, 2015. Tubbs now serves as director emeritus for Big River Rice and Grain.