Dr. Steven Johnson
Dr. Steven Johnson is a graduate of Iowa State University with a BS & MS in Agricultural Education. He then pursued a Ph.D. in Vocational Education at Colorado State University. Steve spent most of his working life at Iowa State University Extension and Outreach as a Farm Management Specialist. He specializes in topics related to grain marketing, government farm programs, crop insurance, crop risk management, and farmland leasing.
Dan Manternach is currently a Senior Economist with Commstock Investments of Royal, Iowa. He writes the firm’s morning report and helps keep clients informed of market developments in corn, soybeans, wheat, cattle and hogs that will impact price trends. He also helps develop specific price risk management tactics and strategies as well as trading opportunities for clients. Dan Manternach is currently a Senior Economist with Commstock Investments of Royal, Iowa. He writes the firm’s morning report and helps keep clients informed of market developments in corn, soybeans, wheat, cattle and hogs that will impact price trends. He also helps develop specific price risk management tactics and strategies as well as trading opportunities for clients.
Tim Ohlde is the CEO of Country Banker Systems. Tim has over thirty-five years of banking experience including lender and loan resolution/senior loan review specialist. He always emphasized analysis to enhance portfolio quality. Tim was raised on a dairy farm and maintains a connection to agriculture.
He owns a small acreage in Kansas. Education is a priority; he has taught at more than 50 banking schools and also guest lectured at numerous conferences and workshops throughout ten Midwest states.
President and CEO of Hackett Financial Advisors, Shawn Hackett’s 20+ years of experience in the trenches in managing money has allowed him to develop a very disciplined and effective plan on how to navigate the sometimes treacherous waters of the financial world. Shawn is also a frequent contributor to articles published in Barron’s, Futures Magazine, Investors Business Daily, Reuters, Bloomberg, and Minyanville.
Dave Specht is the Director of the Global Family Business Institute at The Drucker School of Management. Dave is the author of, “The Family Business Whisperer.” Prior to joining the Drucker School Dave helped lead a Family Dynamics team at one of the largest Private Banks in the United States where he trained over 2,500 advisors. Dave is married and he and his wife have 6 children. His personal mission is to, “Preserve Families and Perpetuate Businesses.”
Jeff Plagge was appointed by Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds to the position of Iowa Superintendent of Banking and began his service in September 2019. Prior to the appointment, Plagge was president & CEO of Northwest Financial Corp. of Arnolds Park, Iowa. Plagge has served the banking industry in many capacities, including serving as the Chairman of the American Bankers Association and Chairman of the Iowa Bankers Association. Plagge recently completed his service as Chairman of The Clearing House Real Time Payments Advisory Committee and as a board member of Sheltered Harbor. He is a former Board Member of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, a past Chairman of the Chicago Federal Reserve Community Depository Institution Advisory Council and a past member of the Federal Reserve Bank’s Board of Governors Community Depository Institution Advisory Council in Washington DC.
Jim was a Waterloo, Iowa native. He grew up as the youngest of six children. He went through the Waterloo Community Public Schools and then attended the University of Northern Iowa. As a College Athlete, Jim Miller was a 2X NCAA Champion for UNI in NCAA Division II, and also a 2X NCAA Division I All American. As a Coach, he had a 37 year career coaching the sport of wrestling, the last 22 years at Wartburg College, where his career dual meet record was 413-34. He won 21 Consecutive Iowa Conference Championships and 10 NCAA Team Championships. He is only one of Four NCAA Wrestling Coaches in the History of the sport that has won 10 NCAA Championships. Coach Miller is now a Nationally Known Corporate, Athletic, and Leadership speaker