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Members of the Cooperative Resources International (CRI) senior management team, from left: Troy Klement, Peter Giacomini, Keith Heikes, Dave Mellinger, Doug Wilson, Huub te Plate, Terri Dallas, Pat Baier, Ron Schmalz and Ludwig Simmet.


Troy Klement
Vice President, Information Technology
Troy Klement heads the Information Technology division of CRI. Klement joined CRI in 2011. He most recently held the position of Associate Vice President of IT Infrastructure and currently serves as Chief Information Officer for the CRI board of directors. He has 18 years of experience in IT, including software engineering and programming, systems analysis, network design and infrastructure implementation. Klement earned his bachelor's degree in computer engineering from the Milwaukee School of Engineering. He is very active in the Shawano Area Youth Soccer organization, having coached 14 teams in the last eight years.

Peter Giacomini
Senior Vice President, Business Development
Peter Giacomini is responsible for business acquisitions, global development, research, intellectual property and strategic planning. He previously served as AgSource COO for 27 years. He serves on Overseas Cooperative Development Council board. Giacomini has served as Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin Foundation board advisor and also served as chair of the Council on Dairy Cattle Breeding, University of Madison College of Agricultural & Life Sciences board of visitors and Cooperative Network. He holds bachelor's degrees in animal science and agricultural economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Giacomini was named 2013 Co-op Builder by Cooperative Network and earned University of Wisconsin Honorary Recognition in Agriculture.

Keith Heikes
Chief Operating Officer, Genex
In June 2014, Keith Heikes was named to his current position leading Genex operations. He previously led CRI international programs, Genex dairy genetics and global alliance development programs. Heikes joined the cooperative in 1990 in general management for Genex predecessor NOBA, Inc. in Tiffin, Ohio. He served as chairman of the National Association of Animal Breeders and is a member of the Council on Dairy Cattle Breeding board. He has also served on the USDA Emerging Markets Program advisory committee and the Overseas Cooperative Development Council board. Heikes earned a bachelor's degree in dairy science from Kansas State University and attended the University of Missouri Graduate Institute for Cooperative Leadership.

Dave Mellinger
Senior Vice President, Finance
Dave Mellinger oversees the financial areas of CRI business. He has 34 years of service with CRI and 38 total years in financial accounting positions. Mellinger began his career as Finance Director for Atlantic Breeders Cooperative, a Genex predecessor in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. He also held positions as CRI Financial Analyst and Genex Vice President of Finance. Mellinger is a member of the Financial Executives Institute and the National Society of Accountants for Cooperatives. He holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from Bowling Green State University.

Doug Wilson
Chief Executive Officer, CRI
Doug Wilson has been a leader in the agriculture industry for 46 years. He served in dairy genetics capacities within artificial insemination organizations from 1970 to 1993 and has held executive positions within the cooperative since 1993. Today, he also serves on the Morris Foundation and Mielke Foundation boards. Previously Wilson has served as chairman of the National Association of Animal Breeders and president of the Wisconsin Federation of Cooperatives. He earned a bachelor's degree in dairy science from Iowa State University. He has been recognized as World Dairy Expo Industry Person of the Year, Wisconsin Federation of Cooperatives Co-op Builder, Iowa State University Dairy Science Distinguished Graduate, University of Wisconsin-River Falls Distinguished Agriculturalist, University of Wisconsin Honorary Recognition in Agriculture, American Dairy Science Association Distinguished Service Award and Dairy Shrine Guest of Honor.

Huub te Plate
Senior Vice President, International Marketing
Huub te Plate manages marketing to approximately 70 countries and oversees operational aspects of CRI-owned and jointly-owned international marketing businesses. He has dedicated over 25 years of career to international marketing of bovine genetics. Prior to joining CRI in 2000, te Plate worked in international marketing for Holland Genetics. He has served as chair of the National Association of Animal Breeders international marketing committee. Today he is a member of Optimist International and locally volunteers as a Junior Achievement instructor and soccer and baseball coach. Te Plate earned a master's level degree in animal science with minor in agricultural economics/farm management from Wageningen Agricultural University in the Netherlands.

Terri Dallas
Vice President, Information & Public Relations
Terri Dallas provides leadership in developing programs and strategies that inform members, customers and the public about the cooperative. She joined the cooperative in 1985. Dallas is a past president of Wisconsin 4-H Foundation. She currently serves as vice chair of Cooperative Network board, chair of The Cooperative Foundation, Farm Technology Days executive board and member of Wisconsin Ag Education and Workforce Development Council. Dallas graduated from the University of Minnesota with a bachelor's from the college of agriculture. She has earned the 2011 Golden Graduate award from the University of Minnesota Gopher Dairy Club and the 2014 Wisconsin Distinguished Agriculturalist award from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.

Pat Baier
Chief Operating Officer, AgSource
In February 2013, Pat Baier was named to his current position leading AgSource operations. Previously, he served as AgSource Vice President of DHI Operations for nine years, managing DHI product development and marketing and consulting programs. Prior to that, he spent 18 years at Genex in marketing, mating and consulting roles. Baier serves on the Council of Dairy Cattle Breeding board. He earned a bachelor's degree in animal science from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. Baier has 11 years of leadership experience with youth and Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) basketball programs.

Ron Schmalz
Vice President, Human Resources
Ron Schmalz has overseen employee benefit and safety programs, salary administration and employee recruitment services for CRI since 2004. He is a 34-year CRI veteran with prior experience in Genex service, marketing, management and product distribution. Schmalz serves on the board of the Shawano Area Youth Football Program, Shawano Medical Center Foundation and Wisconsin Deer Hunters Inc. Shawano Chapter. He has served as president of Shawano County United Way and Shawano Optimist Club. He has been involved in coaching high school football for 12 years. Schmalz graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville with a bachelor's degree in agri-business.

Ludwig Simmet
Chief Operating Officer, MOFA Global
Ludwig Simmet was appointed to his MOFA Global COO after CRI's February 2014 acquisition of Minitube of America's business. He previously served as Minitube of America CEO since founding the company with wife Rebecca in 1986 and opened Minitube of America facilities in Canada and Mexico. In 2004, he established the largest privately held research facility for artificial reproduction and biotechnology. He had originally began his career at the family-owned Minitube business in Germany in 1980. Simmet also served as CEO for the U.S. start-up BioFerm Energy Systems, Inc., a fermentation systems provider for manure and dry biomass which has since been acquired by the Viessmann Group. He earned a bachelor's degree in accounting and finance from the California State University Stanislaus.

 
 
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