SARAH BETH AUBREY, an entrepreneur since 2003, in 2015 she founded A.C.T., Aubrey Coaching & Training, a performance-based leadership training and executive coaching firm. As part of Aubrey Coaching and Training she launched her A.C.T. Now! Program, a series of live seminars in Indianapolis in 2016. The author of four books, Sarah Beth is also Adjunct Faculty at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) where she teaches graduate courses on entrepreneurship. She is a 2011 alumna of the Richard G. Lugar Excellence in Public Service Series, a member of the National Speaker's Association, the Indiana AgriInstitute, and the 2015 class of the Stanley K. Lacey Executive Leadership Program. Sarah Beth holds a B.S. in Agriculture Communications from the University of Illinois and an M.S. in Strategic Communication from Purdue University. She began her career with Novartis, moving next into business development and training with ABG, Inc. Entrepreneurial at heart, at 26 she launched a retail meat business and at 30 a grant writing firm; both businesses have been sold to investors. As a speaker and workshop leader Sarah Beth emphasizes personal accountability and process improvement. Clients work with her to facilitate professional assessment tools, including StrengthsFinder™, for the creation of customized small group and individual training needs, and to design qualitative market research programs that support better understanding of customer or member needs and decision making. Sarah Beth and her husband continue to raise cattle in Central Indiana where she is active in statewide and local organizations including serving as a Director for a rural telecommunications cooperative.
CHRIS B. BARRON, is the Director of Operations and President of Carson and Barron Farms, Inc. which is located in Northeast Iowa in Rowley, Ia. Chris graduated from the University of Dubuque in 1992 with a degree in Communications. In 1992, Chris, along with his brother-in-law took over their Pioneer Sales agency which had been run by his father for the past 22 years. Today the Pioneer agency is still an integral part of their operation. Chris has over 25 years of experience working with and understanding customer needs while at the same time steadily growing their own farming operations. Over the last 22 years, Chris has developed many decision tools to help producers improve the profitability of their operation. Most notably, he developed “Profit Manager” which is a tool used by hundreds of corn and soybean producers across the Corn Belt. Most recently, Chris has developed a new business model to assist producers with Multi-Generational Growth through the business “Ag View Solutions LLC.” Chris has implemented this plan into his own family’s farming operation with the mission of improving quality of life and maximizing profit opportunities. Chris works as a consultant across the country helping Ag businesses and farmers with multiple business decisions including networking, merging, value assessment, and margin management. Chris is a regular contributor on US Farm Report television and AgWeb.com under “Ask the Margins Expert” and writes the column “Business Matters” for Top Producer magazine.
RANDY A. BLIN, is an active member of Blin Farms Limited Partnership located in Independence, IA. Blin Farms has three generations working together raising corn & soybeans on 2200 acres of owned ground in northeast Iowa. Their operation works closely with Chris Barron and Carson & Barron Farms. Hard Green LLC is a jointly owned and managed equipment line that is utilized in their group farming operations. Randy has an extensive business background based in manufacturing, finance, farming & ranching, business structures and documentation. He oversees the family office, Blin Management Company which serves as the manager or general partner in the family’s diverse holdings that include farms, livestock facilities, real estate developments, banks, commercial properties and other investments. Being an active director on three bank board’s gives him a perspective of financing from both sides of the table. Randy works very closely and has a keen understanding of 501(c)3 organizations. He currently serves as Chairman of Heartland Acres Agribition Center and as a Director of The Blin Foundation.
DON VILLWOCK has served in many leadership positions serving the agriculture sector. He took office as president of Indiana Farm Bureau and Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance companies in January 2002 and served in that elected position until his retirement at the end of 2015. Villwock was a member of the American Farm Bureau board of directors and its executive committee. He also served as the National Vice President of the Farm Bureau Bank, American Agricultural Insurance Company and American Farm Bureau Insurance Services. He also served on the AFBF Trade Advisory Committee. Early in his career, he was elected to both the state and national chairmanships of the Farm Bureau Young Farmer & Rancher Committee. He was appointed by President George H.W. Bush to serve as state executive director of the Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service from 1989 to 1993. Don also served as state agricultural liaison for U.S. Senator Richard Lugar and was appointed by President Clinton to the National Commission on 21st Century Production Agriculture in 1997. Most recently Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack appointed him to the National Ag Research, Extension, Education and Economics Advisory Board. Don lives in Edwardsport, Indiana with his wife Joyce and they operate a no-till, sustainable farming operation where they produce white corn, popcorn, soybeans, seed soybeans and seed wheat.
JAKE WORCESTER, is an energetic and compelling facilitator, consultant and speaker. From helping senior level leaders develop systems and processes to work efficiently and take control of their lives to facilitating leadership development programs for all levels of management, Jake’s efforts centered on strategic thinking, hands-on leadership skill development, and total organizational transformation in the agricultural and manufacturing industries while an integral part of Peak Solutions USA, a global leadership development consulting firm. Jake grew up on his family’s farm in Northwest Kansas and after graduating from Kansas State University with a degree in Ag Economics, he pursued opportunities that would give him experience in multiple industries. After time in government and high-tech consulting, Jake has held positions focusing on leadership development within the non-profit sector including as Director of Development for the K-State School of Leadership Studies and his current role as President and CEO of the Kansas 4-H Foundation.