Speakers 2018

Mark Young, Chief Technology Officer, The Climate Corporation

 

Mark will kick off the competition for the second year in a row, addressing attendees and teams on the morning of June 24th at the Seeding Competition.

Mark leads the development of a unified technical vision, architecture, and roadmap to help The Climate Corporation deliver an industry-leading digital agriculture platform. Mark has 18 years of experience in Silicon Valley and previously served as a Director of Mobile Product Excellence at Yahoo, the Chief Technology Officer of Mobile Technology at Zynga, and the Founder and Chief Technology Officer at HipLogic. Mark has a B.S. in Computer Science from Purdue University.

 

Bruce Kettler, Director of the Indiana State Department of Agriculture

Bruce Kettler is the Director of the Indiana State Department of Agriculture, appointed by Governor Eric Holcomb on January 8, 2018. He also serves as the Director of Agribusiness Development for the Indiana Economic Development Corporation and reports directly to Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch, who serves as Indiana’s Secretary of Agriculture and Rural Development.

Prior to joining ISDA, Bruce worked as the Director of Public Relations for Beck’s Hybrids, and brings to the department more than 30 years of agricultural leadership experience and knowledge, ranging from production to sales to community and industry relations.

Bruce grew up in western Ohio and developed a passion and

appreciation for agriculture at an early age. He was a member of 4-H and FFA, worked on a dairy farm and served as the Ohio FFA President, as well as Vice President for National FFA. After his years

of service, Bruce attended Ohio State University and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Agronomy with emphasis in Agricultural Business.

He began his career in 1987 at Dow AgroSciences where he spent nearly 20 years working in a variety of roles including sales and marketing, finance management, advertising and public relations support and agronomic sales. In 2004, he worked at ABG, Inc. as the Business Development Manager and then joined Beck’s Hybrids two years later as a sales consultant. During his 11 year tenure at Beck’s, Bruce also worked as an Area Team Leader, Field Sales Manager and Director of Public Relations.

Along with having a diverse background in agriculture, Bruce also has vast leadership experience and is an active member of the community. He is a 2012 graduate of the Indiana Agricultural Leadership Program where he experienced many facets of Indiana agriculture from policy formation to rural development and a two week study of international agriculture in India. He also serves on the Ohio State University President’s Alumni Advisory Council and is a member of the Board of Trustees for Riverview Health in Hamilton County. Formerly, Bruce served as a board member for the Hamilton County Economic Development Corporation and as the industry representative for the Illinois Corn Growers Board.

Bruce’s family is dedicated to the agricultural industry as his wife Tammy is Senior Director of Corporate Relations for the College of Agriculture, Purdue University. His son Cory is involved in production agriculture at Beck’s Hybrids, and his daughter Christy is a senior at Purdue majoring in Agronomy.

At ISDA, Bruce’s main priorities include: advocating on behalf of Indiana agriculture at the local, state

and federal level; supporting existing agribusinesses while attracting new ones to the state; lifting up youth development organizations, like 4-H and FFA, as well as raising awareness about the importance of agricultural education; promoting the conservation of Indiana’s land and water resources; and working with farmers, agencies and industry partners to take Indiana agriculture to the next level.

 

 

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