Birth Year: 1961
Business Experience: We are a multi-generational farm raising seed corn, seed beans, commercial corn and commercial beans. We also provide farming, detasseling and pesticide application services
Association Business Relationships with Family Members: Laurie Henry (spouse), Scott and Eric Henry (sons), Henry Corp., Longview Farms, and Henry Land II, LLC (farm and land ownership businesses)
Education: Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture from Iowa State University (ISU), The Executive Program for Ag Producers program through Texas A & M University, and Executive Leadership Coaching Program, Farm Credit System Premier Governance Series and Farm Succession Coordinator certifications
Current Boards: Farm Credit Services of America (Association) Board vice chairperson and AgriBank District Farm Credit Council member
Strategic Planning/Direction: Strategic planning is necessary to keep our businesses focused, looking to the future and casting a vision. As a producer and director for several organizations, I have been involved in the strategic planning process, its implementation, measurement and evaluation on a continuing basis.
Corporate Governance: Leadership, development and accountability are keys to the success in achieving our business goals. I have been blessed to serve in a variety of leadership roles for my church, my family, my community, and at the Association.
Financial Reporting: Integrity within the financial reporting system is crucial to monitoring the safety, soundness and performance of our organizations. Having served as chairperson of the Association Board Audit Committee, I understand how critical accuracy in financial reporting is to maintain the trust of the Association’s customer-stockholders. On our farm, we use managerial accounting and accrual budgeting to aide our decision making.
Business Technology: We use technology daily on our farm (cloud accounting and recordkeeping, variable rate prescriptions, GPS systems, etc.). Our farm serves as new technology test cooperators for several established agribusinesses and we have also supported several start-up businesses to develop new technologies in recordkeeping, plant growth and process improvement.
Risk Management: My varied leadership experiences and training have helped me better understand how emotions affect decision-making and the willingness to take risks. Within our operation, we use many diversified tools to offset risks.
Talent Management: As directors and business owners, we must continually strive to create a culture that is rewarding and creates the opportunities for everyone to improve and develop their skills. I was privileged to serve on the Association’s CEO search committee and currently serve on the Human Capital Committee.