Wheat Growers CEO Dale Locken Retires

August 8, 2017

After 15 years at the helm of Wheat Growers, one of the largest farmer-owned cooperatives in the U.S. and a Paulsen client, Dale Locken announced his retirement as chief executive officer August 1.

Wheat Growers is a grain and agronomy cooperative headquartered in Aberdeen, South Dakota, serving 5,100 members from 40 locations in South and North Dakota.

Dale Locken guided Wheat Growers through an extended period of growth that resulted in more convenient and efficient grain-handling facilities and expanded agronomy locations to support member-owners’ productivity and success.

During his tenure, Wheat Growers added 14 locations, expanded grain storage, upgraded grain-handling facilities, added shuttle-loading facilities and expanded its agronomy service centers. The co-op also earned national recognition as one of America’s Safest Companies from EHS Today magazine, the first agricultural organization to achieve the honor. In addition, Wheat Growers was honored as Retailer of the Year by the Agricultural Retailers Association.

Wheat Growers’ new chief executive officer is Chris Pearson, who joined Wheat Growers in 2013 as senior vice president of operations and was promoted a year ago to chief operating officer.

Dale Locken, left, retired as CEO of Wheat Growers. Chris Pearson, right, has succeeded him as CEO.

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