Topeka, Kansas – The Kansas Cooperative Council (KCC), a statewide trade association for all types of cooperative businesses operating in Kansas, recently re-elected officers to their Board of Directors at their annual reorganization meeting on March 15 in Wichita.
James Jirak, General Manager, Valley Co-op, Inc. in Winfield was re-elected as the board chairman for 2016-17. Jirak has served on the KCC board of directors since 2013. Stan Remington, General Manager at Ag Partners Cooperative, Inc. in Hiawatha will continue in his role as vice chair. Dave Lemke, Market Development Manager with CHS, Inc., Inver Grove Heights Minn., was re-elected board secretary.
“The Council’s board is a volunteer governing body. We appreciate the time all our board members donate to the association for the betterment of Kansas cooperatives,” said Leslie Kaufman, President/CEO.
The Council’s board is comprised of 14 members representing co-ops from every part of the state and a variety of industries. Other members of the board include:
Mitch Williams, KFSA, Hutchinson
Travis Ball, CoBank, Wichita
David Cron, Johnson Cooperative Grain Co., Cunningham
Clark Wenger, Ottawa Cooperative Association, Ottawa
Richard Harmon, Mid State Farmers Co-op, Rush Center
Jerald Kemmerer, Pride Ag Resources, Dodge City
Bruce Williams, Rangeland Cooperative, Phillipsburg
Gary Feist, Southern Kansas Cotton Growers, Anthony
Bruce Graham, Kansas Electric Co-ops, Inc., Topeka
Haley DeVee, Heartland Credit Union Association, Topeka
Brian Briggeman, Arthur Capper Cooperative Center/KSU, Manhattan (Advisory)