Features Region: Midwest

Mohsine “Mo” Gdid – Greater Omaha Packing Company

Est. reading time: 4 mins

It’s a tight labor market in the Heartland as in much of the country. No matter, Greater Omaha Packing Company has been on a hiring spree with the U.S. Department of Agriculture watching.   Last summer the federal agency granted this meat packer $20 million toward its $100 million investment in capital projects that will allow […]

Angela Antrim – Payroc

Est. reading time: 5 mins

With 125,000 global clients and an annual business volume of $65 billion in transactions, Payroc has provided payment processing services for almost 20 years. Yet despite that size and influence, and despite having acquired 14 other payment processing companies, it didn’t have a dedicated HR leader— Chief Operating Officer Matt Austin previously had the role […]

Andy Bulloch – ICM

Est. reading time: 4 mins

While he grew up in the agricultural state of Kansas without ever farming, Andy Bullroch says his career could still be measured in kernels as much as dollars. That may be especially true now he’s chief financial officer for ICM. In this role, he provides financial forecasts that help customers sell their corn which later […]

Gary Jeter – TruStone Financial Credit Union

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Looking to finance a car? Or maybe refinance one you already own? Given how expensive vehicles are, many consumers can’t just buy one outright. And many such consumers can be vexed by subjective credit ratings that preclude them from low interest rates even if their scores improve. Thus, says Gary Jeter, their best option would […]

Al Carlson and Charlie Nelson – KLN Family Brands

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Retirement seemed beckoning two years ago for Al Carlson, but the amiable grandfather has been reenergized since his college football coach introduced him to Charlie Nelson, the third-generation owner of KLN Family Brands in the western Minnesota community of Perham. Nelson wanted to grow the family’s confectionery and pet food business into a billion-dollar company […]

Kelley Mudgett – Culligan International

Est. reading time: 3 mins

When tap water comes out murky or has a strange taste, people are often afraid of what’s in it. Some of the most dangerous contaminants can’t be seen, smelled or tasted, though. That’s why Culligan International products are certified for invisible toxins, such as lead and arsenic. “Fortunately, the U.S. has standards, but it is […]

Brian Svestka – Bruening Rock Products

Est. reading time: 4 mins

For Brian Svestka, describing the process of building a road comes as naturally as slipping on a pair of well-fitting work gloves. First, there’s the demolition and removal of old highway, followed by grading and sloping, he says. Then it’s time to add the subbase of crushed stone before the road pavers finish the job. […]

Michael Guiracocha – Ford

Est. reading time: 5 mins

He completed an internship with NASA the summer after his junior year of college. Within a month of graduating—the first in his family to do so—he landed as an engineer at Ford Motor Company. Three years later, at the age of 24, he was overseeing all exterior, interior and chassis warranty claims at the company’s […]

Michael Cadotte – GDI Integrated Facility Services

Est. reading time: 5 mins

Reminded of the old saying that cleanliness is next to godliness, Michael Cadotte chuckles. While the thought hadn’t crossed his mind, it might well hold true. For in addition to being the vice president of safety and quality at one of North America’s commercial cleaning heavyweights for the past 25 years, Cadotte is a parochial […]

Barry Anstandig – Rescar

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Rescar keeps American freight trains rolling; and Barry Anstandig keeps expenses from going off the rails. As senior vice president and chief financial officer for Rescar, he runs a lean financial engine for the privately held, Downers Grove, Illinois, company specializing in repair, maintenance and cleaning of railroad cars. That’s an essential service considering that […]

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