Position title: President & CEO, First District Association
Bob joined First District Association as President & CEO on July 1st, 2019. Bob received a business degree from Evangel University in Springfield, MO. Bob comes to us with 20 years of progressive dairy industry experience where he most recently served as Vice President of Manufacturing Operations for multiple plants across the United States. Bob has a passion for successfully fostering and sustaining both member patron and customer relationships, building trust and discovering the strategy that works best with the Cooperative to achieve desired member, industry and business goals.
He is a firm believer in leading by example and that it all starts with core ethics and values. Bob states, “The dairy farmers have the strongest values on Earth and hold the most ethical integrity I have witnessed. I believe it is all about doing the right thing, even though the right thing may sometimes be hard…it is still the right thing.” Bob believes that a culture of member engagement, transparency and strong leadership are key and that a team of employees that are passionately aligned with these values and goals are most definitely unstoppable.
As President & CEO, Bob reports directly to the Board of Directors and is in charge of ensuring the future success that lies ahead for First District Association, its member patrons and the dairy industry.
Bob and his wife Jennifer have three children. Bob and Jennifer are busy putting down roots here in Litchfield with their family and look forward to spending time outdoors with their children enjoying all the seasons that Minnesota has to offer.