Leading the way in helping us see more in your fields
To achieve success in today’s agriculture, you have to have passion, dedication, and focus. Most of our senior team leaders have spent their lives involved in agriculture. All have a passion for seeing our clients succeed. Each seeks to provide the leadership necessary so that we live up to our promise of seeing more in your fields.
Energy Team Leader
Helping clients and coworkers to come up with solutions to their challenges is what Chad enjoys most working at MaxYield. He was born and raised on a family farm and farmed with his father for three years after graduating with a degree in Agricultural Studies from Iowa State University. He joined the MaxYield team in 1999.
Chad enjoys spending time with his kids. He’s a big fitness buff and competes in triathlons. Making home improvements is another hobby that keeps him busy.
Grain Team Leader
Finding solutions for our clients and team members is the exciting challenge Harry works toward every day. He believes that there is always a solution if you work together. Harry strives to increase the positive effect MaxYield has on our clients, team, and community.
Harry grew up on a farm in the West Bend-Whittemore area and graduated from West Bend High School in 1972. He then attended Iowa Lakes Community College for 2 years and completed his AA degree in Agriculture. While attending ILCC, Harry worked at various area ag supply companies and cooperatives. In 1974 Harry joined the Cylinder Co-op Elevator in the Feed Dept., and then moved to Agronomy Sales & Custom Application. He was named Assistant Manager in 1978, and became the General Manager of Cylinder Co-op in 1982. Harry came to West Bend Elevator in spring of 1996 to assist with special projects, including a new soy processing joint venture among area cooperatives; the off shoot of that project is AGP’s Emmetsburg plant. He was promoted to Grain Merchandiser in fall of 1996 and became MaxYield’s Grain Team leader in 2004.
Harry and his wife Deb live in Cylinder Iowa. They have 3 grown married children that reside in the area and 6 grandchildren. Deb assists with a preschool for 3 year olds. Harry and Deb spend free time golfing, biking, and enjoying their grandchildren’s events. Harry serves on the Cylinder city council, Cylinder Fire Dept., Palo Alto & Kossuth Economic Development, several Church committees, Golf Board, and Grotto of the Redemption Board.
Chief Financial Officer
Susan became the chief financial officer (CFO) of MaxYield Cooperative January 1, 2014. Before joining MaxYield, she established an accounting and tax practice in Titonka in 1998. Prior to establishing her accounting firm, Susan served as an auditor for McGladrey & Pullen.
From 2004 to 2011, Susan served as a board member and audit committee chair for Midwest Grain Processors Cooperative (MGP). While sitting on the board for MGP and Global Ethanol, LLC, she worked with MaxYield on a regular basis. She says that positive impression of MaxYield made it an easy choice to come to work for the cooperative.
She earned her bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Northern Iowa. In addition to being a certified public accountant, she has held her Series 7 and Series 66 securities license. Susan and her husband Allen live on a farm near Woden and have three children.
Operations Team Leader
With a company the size of MaxYield, there is large variety of work that has to happen for the cooperative and our clients to succeed. Jeff embraces that variety and getting the job done right.
Jeff has been involved with agriculture since 1972. He received a Business Administration Degree with a major in Finance and Insurance. Prior to joining MaxYield in 1997, he worked one year with Farmers Co-op Society at Garner/Klemme/Meservey. He spent five years with PrairieLand Cooperative in Hubbard and two years with Central Iowa FS.
He and his wife Jennifer have two daughters. Jeff enjoys exercising, traveling to the Boundary Waters, mountain hiking, and working at Diamonds Clothing Store, which he and his wife own.
Every day Chad looks forward to helping our team members make this company better for our members and clients. He also embraces the challenge of finding solutions so that we can provide the answers our clients are looking for.
Chad grew up on a farm in northern Kossuth County. After receiving his Ag Business degree in 1994 from Iowa State University, Chad went to work as a Livestock Production Specialist for Land O’Lakes Feed at the Newell (IA) Cooperative Elevator. He joined the MaxYield team in 1997.
He has a passion for preserving the history of racing and agriculture in Kossuth County, and serves as a volunteer and board member for the Kossuth County Ag & Motorsports Museum, which will be constructed in 2012. Chad and his wife Amy have three boys. On the weekends April through September, he hosts three auto racing radio shows on a local radio station. He is also the public address announcer at three Iowa race tracks.
West Area Team leader
With a passion for teamwork and being prepared, Walt looks forward each day at MaxYield to helping his team succeed in being solution providers for our clients. He is driven to be a problem solver.
Walt has been in agricultural all his life. He joined the MaxYield team in 2004. Outside of work, he enjoys hunting, fishing, camping, motorcycles, and gardening.
Human Resource Director
For Diane, every day at MaxYield is an adventure and brings something new. She relishes the challenge and is passionate about being a resource to help her team members succeed. That focus serves her well as our human resource director.
Diane was raised on a farm and is married to a farmer. She has been with MaxYield since 2003. Prior to joining MaxYield, she served as Associate Director of the Grotto of the Redemption.
She and her husband have two daughters and a son. Diane enjoys spending time with her family, singing, walking, and wellness.
Seed/Agronomy/SciMax Team Leader
Greg strives to be on the leading-edge of agronomy solutions. He graduated and with B.S. degree in Agronomy from Iowa State and is excited to launch a new era of agronomy with MaxYield Seed.
He and his wife heather have two boys, Owen and Caleb.
East Area Leader
The agriculture business is an everyday challenge and Pat thrives on the next challenge. He has been with MaxYield for over 32 years and has a special interest in grain and agronomy operations.
Pat is serving his second term as a Meservey city council member. He enjoys spending time with family, hunting and golf in his spare time.
Central Area Leader
Anything worth doing is worth doing right – that’s Gerald’s approach to his role as a team leader. He likes to give 100% to everything he does. Gerald enjoys working with a dedicated team of solutions providers and doing business with a great client base.
Gerald has been involved in agriculture all his life. He was raised on a farm and has been employed in agriculture since he graduated from Iowa Lakes Community College with a degree in Ag Business. After college, he was employed for 7 years at Farmers’ Cooperative Elevator, Titonka, Iowa. Then, he moved to Wyoming and worked for 6 years at Sheridan Commercial Company in Sheridan, Wyoming managing the feed mill and elevator.
He moved back to Iowa and spent 2 years at Fertile Grain Company in Crystal Lake, Iowa followed by 2 years at Whittemore Cooperative in Whittemore, Iowa. He has worked for MaxYield now for over 21 years.
He enjoys spending time with his family and working on his farm. Gerald likes riding horses, roping, and helping his son at rodeos with his events.