Spark: Careers in Agribusiness

This podcast series, hosted by Paulsen President Sara Steever, features in-depth interviews with successful leaders in agribusiness careers. Listen here or subscribe on iTunes and Stitcher.

Emily Schmitt, Sukup Manufacturing Co.

General counsel at Sukup Manufacturing, Schmitt handles a wide range of legal issues but also makes time for “passion projects” within the company. She discusses her education, career and current roles with Sara Steever.

Holly Behrens, Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce

As agri-business division manager for the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce, Behrens promotes events and programs that showcase agriculture. She visits with Sara Steever about her farm background, interesting career path and lessons learned.

Jessie Kreke, Culver’s

Kreke, senior marketing manager for Culver’s Franchising System, is responsible for creating a digital experience for Culver’s that matches its highly-lauded offline hospitality. She speaks to the value of education, marketing through storytelling and her farm background.

Wendy Pinkerton, Zoetis

As Senior Manager, U.S. Industry Relations at Zoetis, Pinkerton is an agriculture and communications expert. She discusses her career with Sara Steever and provides advice on flexibility, trusting one’s instincts, mentoring and decision-making.

Amy Tranzillo, The Context Network

Tranzillo, senior consultant with The Context Network, brings 20 years of animal health and agribusiness experience to the table. She visits with Sara Steever about networking, mentoring and career challenges.

Sara Wyant, Agri-Pulse Communications

As Founder and Editor of Agri-Pulse, Wyant has created a company that reports the most up-to-date agricultural and rural policy decisions, which are indispensable to ag industry leaders. She visited with Sara Steever about how her farm background shaped her career.

Cyndi Young, Learfield

Young, Director of Brownfield and Ag Operations, talks with Sara Steever about lessons learned and opportunities and challenges that shaped her career.

Susan and Lisa Tronchetti

Susan Tronchetti, a business development professional, and her daughter Lisa Tronchetti, a dairy products merchandiser at Gavilon Group, LLC, talk with Sara Steever about the experiences and choices that led them to their current careers and their ongoing relationship/mentorship.

Susanne Wasson, Dow AgroSciences

Wasson, U.S. Commercial Leader of Dow AgroScience’s Crop Protection division, talks with Sara Steever about how she navigated her upward path at Dow and how to build an effective network.

Sheri Seger, DTN/The Progressive Farmer

An experienced national account manager with a lengthy career in media, information technology and services, Seger visits with host Sara Steever about her exciting career and the ag industry.