The nominations are in and a strong slate of quality candidates has been certified. Let the voting begin! Who is your choice to fill three positions on the International Board and four openings on the Associates Board?
One choice will likely be easy. Matthew Kerrigan, division safety manager for Bunge North America and current International Board director, is unopposed for the executive office of International second vice president. If elected second vice president for 2013-2014 as expected, Kerrigan will be on track to become GEAPS International president in 2015-2016. Kerrigan is a member of theGateway Chapter.
GEAPS members will determine the winners of both elections during the next several weeks. All voting will be done online. Voting will open in mid-December and close Monday, Jan. 21. International Board election results will be announced at GEAPS' Annual Meeting, to be held Feb. 26, at Exchange 2013 in Louisville, Ky. Associates Board director election results will be announced during the Associate Members Meeting, Feb. 25, at the Exchange.
There is a strong slate of candidates for both the International and Associates board openings. There are four candidates for three available positions on the International Board, and five candidates for four positions on the Associates Board.
International Board Vacancies
At Exchange 2013 in Kentucky, three director spots on the International Board will become available. The International candidates will fill positions being vacated by Eric Kelley, Attebury, Tri-State; Ben Lackey, Riceland, Mid-South; Tom Winkel, Max Yield Cooperative, North Iowa. All but Lackey are eligible to run for re-election.
Incumbent elected directors who will continue to serve are Chad Cook, Deseret Grain Storage, Intermountain; Matthew Kerrigan, Bunge North America, Gateway; Ben Lackey, Riceland Foods, Mid-South; Wes O'Bannon, Farmway Cooperative, Great Plains; and Tom Winkel, MaxYield Cooperative, North Iowa.
Incumbent officers who will continue to serve for 2013-2014 are International President Bill Lyster, Ag Partners, Greater Iowa, as International Board chair; First Vice President Slav Waplak, Viterra, Canadian Prairies, as president; and Second Vice President Jim Jundt, Inland Empire, as first vice president.
Associates Board Vacancies
Also at Exchange 2013, four positions will open on the Associates Board of Directors. Associates candidates seek to fill positions currently held by Gary Geist, Kings Valley Industries, Non-Chapter; Cheryl Lansink, Comco, Siouxland; Kathy Reading, Seedburo Equipment Co., Cornbelt; and John Tuttle, Brock Grain Systems, Greater Iowa. They are all eligible to run for re-election.
Incumbent Associates Board directors who will continue to serve are: Ross Carlson, Chief Agri-Industrial Div, Minneapolis; Jeany Hesse, Integra Plastics, Siouxland; Brend King, Intersystems, Kansas City; Bob Klare, River Consulting, Gulf South; Cheryl Mann, Comco, Canadian Prairies; Colin McClure, PMI Nebraska, Greater Nebraska; Kent Mellen, BM&M Screening Solutions, Minneapolis; Jeffrey Roumph, WD Patterson Co, Kansas City; and Greg Van Sickle, TSGC, North Iowa.
Incumbent Associates Board officers who will continue to serve are Associates Board President Deborah Good, Brock Grain Systems, Gateway, as immediate past president; Vice President, Scott Chant, Safe Grain/Maxi-Tronic, Seaway, as president; and Secretary Bob Klare, River Consulting Inc, Gulf South, as vice president.
It Takes Only a Few Clicks to Select the Next GEAPS Leaders
With online voting, it is extremely easy and takes only a minute to help decide who will lead GEAPS.
Unlike the national elections we just experienced, there are no negative ads, no survey calls or tracking polls. All you will receive is a series of emails reminding you to make a difference.
Yes, your vote does make a difference. By casting your vote, you are helping to decide the leaders who make decisions affecting your membership—from the programs and services offered, to the cost of membership dues, to future of the organization as a relevant and valuable resource for you and our industry. Your vote will directly impact you and other GEAPS members.