Advisory Council Members
The purpose of the Advisory Council is to provide leadership to strengthen the Center for Risk Management Education and Research at Kansas State University. Members are volunteers who commit time, share knowledge, and provide resources to enhance risk management education and research at Kansas State University. The Advisory Council provides advice to Center and University administration, assists in advancing the Center's mission, and supports its efforts as an advocate.
Current Advisory Council Members
Ed Prosser | VP Commodity Risk Management | Scoular Co. | CRMER Advisory Council Chair
I love getting to know the students better. It also keeps me involved with the faculty and university. It has been very rewarding to watch the program grow.
Tim Andriesen | Managing Director-Agricultural Products | CME Group
While agricultural trading and agricultural markets has been around for a long time, risk management practices continue to evolve. The Center for Risk Management is a unique place where the more traditional marketing of commodities meets the latest in risk management practices and provides the student with an incredibly rich environment to learn the best of both. I’m honored to provide whatever assistance to the center I can.
Lee Borck | Chairman, Innovative Livestock Services, Inc | ILS Risk Management
I believe the Center for Risk Management puts Kansas State University and the graduates of the Center at a distinct advantage in attracting the leading companies in the country recruiting talent. Risk management is going to continue to elevate as a desired talent of graduates and KSU needs to be among the universities where they look first. It is also a benefit to my company as we search for new talent.
Thomas Einck | Chief Compliance Officer | Veta Investment Partners
The world is getting more complex and volatile with each passing year. Students who study and understand risk management will add tremendous value to their future employers and have an edge over their counterparts.
Patrick Hessini | Vice President of Transportation and Distribution | CHS
Meeting the risk management needs of today and tomorrow requires a strategic view across multiple disciplines. This is what makes CRMER both unique and exciting, given the interdisciplinary approach taken across several outstanding colleges at Kansas State University. CRMER has the potential to create unmatched opportunities for both students and partner organizations.
Todd Kemp | Senior Vice President of Marketing and Treasurer | National Grain and Feed Association
Risk management has always been a critically important function in the grain, feed and processing industry and today, more than ever, our industry firms are looking for employees who will understand the nature of risk in their businesses and who are prepared to hit the ground running. As a 1985 Ag Economics graduate, I am delighted to see K-State meeting this need, and I am privileged to be involved in the planning and direction of the Center. The interdisciplinary approach and diversity of student experience are exciting and unique elements of this important and growing program.
Greg Salton | Senior Vice President - Chief Credit Officer | Farm Credit Services of America
Renee Laird | Senior Managing Director - Global Head of Agriculture & OTC | RJ O'Brien
The Center for Risk Management Education & Research is incredibly intriguing to me for two reasons: (1) there was an industry need to fill knowledge and experience gaps in hiring university graduates, and (2) it would get Kansas State University on the radar at a different level with diverse firms managing all kinds of risk. I am humbled and honored to be on this advisory council. It is incredibly motivating to meet and interact with the student fellows and see graduates of the CRMER program do well in various industries. I am inspired by their energy, determination, and focus.
Steve Neelly | Vice President, Merchandising and Logistics Country Operations | CHS
While it's great to get back on campus and meet with many fellow alumni and see the value in the CRMER and its programs. What truly stands out is the students. The quality of students I meet that are in this program makes you proud to be a Wildcat.
Lance Zimmerman | Manager - Research, Analysis and Data | CattleFax
Companies across the globe are becoming increasingly savvy at recognizing the risks they are exposed to on a daily basis. These issues are multifaceted and require business executives and managers to be exceptional problem solvers. The Center connects student fellows with university and industry leaders to help them understand these macro-level issues and the solutions being implemented at industry-leading companies. K-State students are provided a career fast track, while industry and university partners see long-lasting benefits through research and educational programs. It is exciting to see the ideas and partnerships that continue to develop through the Center’s work.
Mike O'Dea | Risk Management Constultant | INTL FCStone
Risk management is an always evolving art form but over the last few years the pace of that change has risen exponentially as has the market volatility that our customer base is experiencing. The speed at which markets move and change makes it imperative that we hire and develop the best and brightest people to facilitate the implantation and execution of risk management plans that our customers want and need. The Center has been very good place for our company to meet the students and make them aware of our intern and employment opportunities, we have had an active program of hiring interns and have several former CRMER graduates that are now working within the company. We also want the CRMER graduates that we do not hire to be familiar with our company and know the capabilities, they may be a customer one day.
Tegan Louw | Associate Capital Markets Analyst | East Daley Capital Advisors
Del Adcock | Grain Originator | Bartlett Grain
All business are exposed to all kinds of risk some specific their industry and some not. The Center brings together the best of students, academia, and professionals to evaluate and educate others about these risks. I was a risk management fellow during my time at K-State and look forward to staying engaged with a group that added value to my undergrad and career thus far.
|Dhamu Thamodaran | Chief Strategy officer and Chief commodity Hedging Officer | Smithfield Foods|