GEAPS Foundation Elects Officers for 2023-2024

The GEAPS Foundation has elected Darren Zink, global product manager, Fill-Rite, as chairman for the 2023-2024 fiscal year. The election came at the Association’s annual meeting held November 28, 2023. In taking office, Zink thanked outgoing chair Mark Fedje with General Mills for his dedicated service to the organization and years of unwavering support. Zink added “as we look back many decades from now, please let it be known that our achievements would not have been possible without Mark’s leadership.”

The group elected David Krejci, past GEAPS and GEAPS Foundation executive, as president. Robert Taylor, Cargill, and Tim Sullivan, retired from Landus, were respectively re-elected to the roles of secretary and treasurer. GEAPS Foundation officers serve one-year terms. Directors elected to three-year terms on the board of directors were:

  • Carol Jones, Oklahoma State University and CL Jones Consulting, LLC
  • Jeff Jones, Mid Kansas Cooperative
  • Marcus Neal, MN AgSolutions LLC

Also elected to fill a board vacancy was Vince Marze, WL Port-Land Systems Inc.

The newly elected board members join the following incumbents on the board.

  • Mark Avery, Grain Journal
  • Barb Grove, Central Valley Ag Cooperative
  • Brandi Miller, Kansas Cooperative Council
  • Steve Myers, Bunge Milling
  • Jeff Roumph, WD Patterson Co

GEAPS Foundation executive director is Erica Venancio.

The GEAPS Foundation was established to support development of new and innovative resources for training grain and oilseed supply-chain industry professionals that are complimentary to the continuing education programs of the Grain Elevator and Processing Society. For more information, visit

The Grain Elevator and Processing Society (GEAPS) is an international professional association of grain handling and processing professionals. GEAPS addresses the industry’s critical grain handling, storage and processing operations needs by providing networking, professional development programs and access to a global marketplace of industry suppliers. GEAPS’ global network includes more than 3,000 individual members from about 1,000 companies.

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