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.

Jeanette Lombardo, Global Water Innovations, Inc.

Co-Founder and Chief Strategic Officer of Global Water and President of American Agri-Women, Lombardo discusses her farm background, career in corporate banking and current involvement in ag policy and advocacy organizations.

Susanne Veatch, Kinze Manufacturing, Inc.

As president and chief marketing officer at Kinze, Veatch grew up around the business, which is a family-owned company started by her father. She discusses her early life, her career path and the challenges of balancing work and family.

Stephanie Liska, Beck Ag, Inc.

President and CEO of Beck Ag, Inc., Liska brought a family farm background and more than 20 years of experience in sales and sales management to Beck Ag. She discusses how her experiences, both personal and professional, have helped shape her success.

Amy Bradford, GROWMARK, Inc.

As corporate communications manager for GROWMARK, Inc., Bradford has 33 years of ag communications industry experience under her belt. Her interview includes thoughts on her childhood, education, career and upcoming mission trip.

Betsy Huber, The National Grange

President of the nation’s oldest agricultural advocacy organization, Huber talks with Sara Steever about her farm upbringing, her belief in community and civic participation and her career path.

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.