William Davisson

William Davisson

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 as CEO in 1998, a position he held until his retirement in 2010. As CEO he put the focus on sales and improvement in operations and lead GROMARK through a period of strong growth, including the top three incomes years in the cooperative’s history. He recognized the value of co-op partnerships and joint ventures in an increasingly competitive industry and he partnered with member co-ops to create an innovative co-op structure that has led to improved cash patronage flow back to GROWMARK members. He has also been a long time advocate for the co-op movement and his support for education included funding co-op education at land grant universities, support of the Graduate Institute of Cooperative Leadership (GICL), and the development of a leadership program at Illinois State University for high-potential employees.