Birth Year: 1960
Business Experience: AWB Enterprises, a diversified operation, row crop farming operation including corn and soybeans and drone operations as Green Aero Tech, USA. We use drones and associated technology for precision operations, crop scouting, water management, drainage, inventory management and critical
mineral exploration. As CEO and president of Horizon Strategies, LLC, I provide strategic planning and
executive leader development consulting services to a broad spectrum of small to large companies and
Association Business Relationships with Family Members: Terri Batschelet, my spouse, Adam
Batschelet, my son and AWB Enterprises, LLC, my son’s entity
Education: Bachelor of Science degree in History and Political Science from Iowa State University (ISU),
Master of Arts degree in Leadership and Strategy from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Master of Arts degree in National Security, Leadership and Policy from the U.S. Army War College and
Purchasing, Acquisitions and Contract Management Certification from the Army Force Management School
Current Boards: CEO and president of the First Responder Foundation, chair of the Board of Advisors for
the ISU Dean’s Advisory Council, special advisor to the Commander of the U.S. Strategic Command, member
of the Editorial Board of Simons Center for Interagency Cooperation and member of the Community Board for CHI Immanuel Hospital
Strategic Planning/Direction: While serving in the Army, I focused on developing and implementing strategic plans to address complex national security problems. I developed and executed strategies to address security issues across the globe, including challenges posed by Russia,
China, Iran and North Korea. I use the skills I developed in the Army on my farm to seek near-term and long-range opportunities while mitigating risk using varied marketing strategies, new technologies, modern soil management techniques as well as appropriate insurance products and on-farm grain storage.
Corporate Governance: I have extensive experience serving on boards, including my current role as CEO and president of the First
Responder Foundation and as chair of the advisory board at ISU. I have led a several organizations, including the U.S. European Command to U.S. Army’s Recruiting Command and as the Chief of Staff of U.S. Strategic Command. I also serve in my community in local organization leadership positions.
Financial Reporting: In my several roles as a general officer, I was responsible and accountable for oversight of management, process, and
behavioral aspects of strategy execution. I was responsible for developing and executing strategies including planning and forecasting, funding and resource allocation, revenue and cost management, managing performance against objectives, and improving operational management and utilization of assets. I understand that effective performance and financial management requires engaging people to determine their information needs; implementing processes and systems to collect the right data; turning the data into information and insights; and presenting it in ways that produce timely, sound decisions.
Business Technology: We use a variety of business technologies, including computerized recordkeeping, grid soil sampling, multi-spectral imagery from drones, and ground penetrating radar. We rely on application of variable rates for fertilizer. I am establishing a database comprised of extensive soil sampling, plant population/stands, yield and multi-spectral imagery with a view to the long-term analysis of data to improve my operation’s profitability and land stewardship.
Risk Management: I view risk management as a central, critical and continuous component of operations. We use on-farm grain storage, varied marketing strategies, and appropriate insurance products. I manage input costs and cash flow closely and consider production methods, such as the use of cover crops and no-till operations, as key components to our risk management program.
Talent Management: During my career in the Army, I was responsible for the selection, management, and personal and professional
training and education of a substantial number of personnel. I was responsible for the performance, evaluation, mentoring and selection of the Army’s future leaders. As the leader of the Army’s talent acquisition program, I was responsible for meeting the annual workforce acquisition requirements.