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Director Candidate Profile - Race 2
4-Year Term

Al Batschelet

Al Batschelet
Milford, IA

Birth Year: 1960

Business Experience: Farming (corn and soybean crops), AWB Enterprises, LLC, trucking business (owner), Horizon Strategies (principal), management consulting business, and First Responders Foundation of Omaha, nonprofit organization to enhance public safety and build community appreciation and respect for first responders (president and CEO), and previously Commander, U.S. Army Recruiting Command, and Chief of Staff, U.S. Strategic Command

FCSAmerica Business Relationships with Family Members: Terri Batschelet, my spouse, and AWB Enterprises, LLC, trucking business with Adam Batschelet, our son

Education: Bachelor of Science degree in History and Political Science from Iowa State University, Master of Arts degree in Leadership and Strategy from U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Master of Arts degree in National Security, Leadership and Policy from U.S. Army War College, and Army Force Management School Certificate in Purchasing, Acquisitions and Contract Management

Current Boards: Member, U.S. Strategic Command, Senior Advisory Group Member, Iowa State University Dean’s Advisory Council, First Responders Foundation of Omaha

Candidate Description of Business Knowledge and/or Education in the Following Areas:

Strategic Planning: As a General Officer in the Army, I focused on developing and implementing strategic plans to address complex national security problems. 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 such as drones, modern soil management techniques as well as appropriate insurance products and on-farm grain storage.

Corporate Governance/Organizational Leadership: I have served as a member on boards of academic institutions, including First Responders Foundation of Omaha, Iowa State University and the University of Louisville, as well as government organizations. I have led in a number of organizations, including the U.S. European Command, U.S. Army’s Recruiting Command and most recently as the Chief of Staff of U.S. Strategic Command. I also serve in my community in local organization leadership positions.

Financial Reporting: I have certification in purchasing, acquisition and in contract management. I have reviewed and validated various budgets and financial reports auditable by the Government Accounting Office and the Defense Contracting Auditing Agency. Currently, I track and prepare the financial information for our farm and assist in reviewing the financial statements and annual reports for organizations such as the First Responders Foundation, where I serve as the President and CEO and advisor, respectively.

Business Technology: We use a variety of business technologies, including computerized recordkeeping, grid soil sampling, multi-spectral imagery from drones and 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.

Human Resource Management: In my career in the U.S. Army, I was responsible for the selection, management, and personal and professional training and education of thousands of personnel. Moreover, I was responsible for the performance evaluation, mentoring and selection of the army’s future leaders. As the leader of the U.S. Army’s talent acquisition program, I was responsible for meeting the annual workforce acquisition requirement.