INDIANAPOLIS (Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015/National FFA Organization) – Since its inception in 1947, the National FFA Foundation Sponsors' Board has supported the foundation in securing $292 million in support of FFA and agricultural education. The group, comprised of top corporate executives who support the vision and mission of FFA are interested in promoting careers in agribusiness, agriculture and food production, entrepreneurship and FFA, announces the following appointments to its current Sponsors' Board: Scott Bormann, Vice President, North America of Merck Animal Health in DeSoto, Kan.
Tom Dean, Marketing Director, North America of Case IH in Racine, Wis.
Michele Fite, Global Leader Health of DuPont Nutrition & Health in St. Louis, Mo.
Bryn Fosburgh, Vice President of Trimble Navigation Limited in Westminster, Colo.
Kelly Gast, Global Business Operations Finance Lead of Monsanto, St. Louis, Mo.
Warren Graeff, Senior Vice President Agriculture Market Manager of PNC Bank in St. Louis, Mo.
John Miller, Group Vice President, Agricultural Products of BNSF Railway in Fort Worth, Texas.
Matt Plitt, Executive Vice President and COO of Valent USA in Walnut Creek, Calif.
John Smith, Vice President, Key Account Manager of Bayer CropScience in Research Triangle Park, N.C.
John Starkey, President of U.S. Poultry & Egg Association in Tucker, Ga.
David Stidham, Vice President of Marketing of Culver Franchising System, Inc. in Prairie Du Sac, Wis.
Charles L. Theiss, Vice President – Chief Technical Officer, Newly Weds Foods in Chicago, Ill.
Ken Wilmes, Senior Vice President, General Merchandise Manager of Tractor Supply Company in Brentwood, Tenn.
Jay Wilson, Vice President of Marketing of Sealed Air Corporation in Duncan, S.C.
2016 sponsors' board executive committee:
- Craig Bacon, Senior Vice President of Research and Development at Tyson Foods, Inc. in Springdale, Ark., will serve as the 2016 Sponsors' Board Chair.
- Cory J. Reed, John Deere (past Chair)
- David Kabbes, Bunge North America
- Joseph Metzger, Kraft Heinz Company
- John Niemann, Cargill
- Eric Spell, AgCareers.com
- Mark Schweitzer, Archer Daniels Midland Company
- Susanne Wasson, Dow AgroSciences
The National FFA Foundation is the fundraising arm of the National FFA Organization, which provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 629,367 student members in grades seven through 12, who belong to one of 7,757 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
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About National FFA Organization The National FFA Organization is a national youth organization of 629,367 student members as part of 7,757 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. The National FFA Organization operates under a federal charter granted by the 81st United States Congress and it is an integral part of public instruction in agriculture. The U.S. Department of Education provides leadership and helps set direction for FFA as a service to state and local agricultural education programs. For more, visit the National FFA Organization online at
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About National FFA Foundation
The National FFA Foundation builds partnerships with industry, education, government, other foundations and individuals to secure financial resources that recognize FFA member achievements, develop student leaders and support the future of agricultural education. Governed by a 19-member board of trustees comprised of educators, business leaders, individual donors and FFA alumni, the foundation is a separately-registered nonprofit organization. About 82 percent of every dollar received by the foundation supports FFA members and agricultural education opportunities. For more, visit