Rosemary Mahoney

tbuen 2018, Agriculture, Consumer Goods & Services, General, International 0 Comments

Rosemary Mahoney Cooperative Business Consultant Rosemary Mahoney’s 30-year career as a co-op developer began with a post-college job at USDA’s Agriculture Cooperative Service.   Although she grew up on a corn and soybean farm in Monmouth Illinois, where her family belonged to electric, insurance and supply co-ops, Mahoney says it wasn’t until she began her work at USDA that she “completely …

John & Carol Zippert

tbuen 2017, Agriculture, Credit Unions, Education, General, Worker-Owned 0 Comments

John & Carol Zippert, Director of Program Operations and Cooperative Activist, Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund Partners in both life and the pursuit of social justice, John & Carol Zippert embody the mission of the Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund and the growth of the cooperative movement in the South.  Dedicated to self-determination through cooperation, the Zipperts’ cooperative …

John D. Johnson

tbuen 2017, Agriculture 0 Comments

John D. Johnson, retired President & CEO, CHS Inc. John Johnson’s vision and unwavering belief in the cooperative value proposition reshaped U.S. agricultural co-ops’ ability to capture 21st century success. Grounded by his rural North Dakota and South Dakota roots, he dedicated his 34-year career to embracing innovative opportunities to connect producers from their farms and ranches to the global …

Daniel T. Kelley

admin 2015, Agriculture

Daniel T. Kelley Former Chairman of the Board & President GROWMARK, Inc. McLean County, IL An authentic leader and champion of cooperative development, Kelley spent more than three decades serving the cooperative sector. Most recently, he retired as board chairman and president of the agriculture supply cooperative GROWMARK, Inc. Kelley’s roots in the cooperative movement began in 1970 when, as …

Lee Ruth

admin 2013, Agriculture

Inducted: 2013 Ruth’s service on the Agricultural Council of California led to his commitment to the cooperative business model.  He helped found the California Center for Cooperative Development – twice – and  the California Association of Cooperatives.  He has always used and continues to use his service on various boards to promote the cooperative way of business.  As Co-chair of …

William Davisson

admin 2012, Agriculture

Inducted: 2012 CEO (retired), of GROWMARK, Inc. Throughout his career at GROWMARK, Davisson never lost sight of the organization’s vision – to be the best agricultural cooperative system in North American – and its mission to improve the long-term profitability of its member-owners. Beginning as a CPA in the Finance Division, he took progressively more responsible positions until his selection …

Shirley Sherrod

admin 2011, Agriculture

Inducted: 2011 A passionate civil rights advocate, community and cooperative organizer, Shirley Miller Sherrod has spent decades immersed in rural land issues, fighting for economic and social justice and access to land for those who have been marginalized by the system. She was a co-founder of New Communities, a 6000-acre cooperative farm that for 15 years was the largest black-owned …

Noel Estenson

admin 2011, Agriculture

Inducted:2011 Noel K. Estenson’s visionary leadership and willingness to take bold steps positioned agricultural cooperative members for 21st century success in the competitive global marketplace. Throughout his nearly 40-year career, he recognized the value of new business structures — joint ventures and mergers — as a means of creating operating efficiencies that built stronger cooperative organizations. In the early 1980s, …

Douglas D. Sims

admin 2008, Agriculture

Inducted: 2008 For nearly four decades Doug Sims worked tirelessly on behalf of farmers, ranchers, agricultural producers, and cooperatives as a leader in the Farm Credit System. As CEO of CoBank for 12 of those years, he successfully managed 15 mergers and acquisitions, effectively growing CoBank into a premier cooperative institution and expanding its capacity to serve customers. A visionary …

Gary Hanman

admin 2008, Agriculture

Inducted: 2008 With a more than four-decades-old career, devoted solely to dairy farmers and their cooperatives, Gary Hanman has forged an agricultural legacy of achievement and leadership. His work has truly blazed a trail for dairy farmers and their cooperatives.  Throughout his career, he has worked diligently to unify dairy farmers in an effort to maximize their returns from the …