Rich Redmond has been the touring/recording drummer with multi-platinum country rocker Jason Aldean for over two decades. With Aldean, Rich has recorded 31 #1 hits and plays to millions of fans per year in iconic venues around the globe. Rich has also performed with: Garth Brooks, Ludacris, Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Bryan Adams, Bob Seger, Chris Cornell, Joe Perry, Jewel, Miranda Lambert, Luke Bryan, Keith Urban, and many other top performers. Rich has appeared on Saturday Night Live, The Voice, American Idol, The Grammy Awards, The Tonight Show, Good Morning America, Ellen, The CMA Awards, ACM Awards, CMT Awards, etc. Rich was voted “Country Drummer of the Year” many years in a row by Modern Drummer magazine and DRUM! Magazine voted Rich one of the “Top 60 Rock Drummers of All Time.” Rich is also a busy speaker, host, educator, author and actor.
Since founding the Leadership Difference in 1995, over 400,000 people have attended Dave’s “enter-
TRAIN-ment” seminars on topics that include leadership, customer service, selling skills, and personal performance enhancement. His clients include Allstate Insurance, Bank of America, Universal Studios, Hilton Worldwide, Sub-Zero Wolf Appliances, Electrolux Appliances, Trek Bikes, Walt Disney World and the CIA. In July 2013, Meeting Professionals International selected as the Meeting Madness winner for Best Speaker of the Year at their World Education Congress in Las Vegas. In September 2015, Meetings and Conventions Magazine named Dave one of the Best Speakers of the Year. He has a B.A. in Mass-Communications with an emphasis in Business Administration and M.Ed. in Global Human Resources Development. Dave spent 12 years as a corporate executive in human resources management, has served as an adjunct professor at the University of Illinois and Walla Walla University, regular guest lecturer at Whitman College, is the chairman of the business advisory board for Walla Walla Community College and is designated as a Certified Advanced Wine Sommelier by the International Wine Guild.
Since 1990 Mark has run Echelon Management, a growth advisory firm. Mark has been an adjunct professor at the University of Cincinnati, Ohio University and Northern Iowa University. He is an advisor on company boards and he has conducted hundreds of sessions for dozens of the worlds largest companies including Apple, IBM, P&G, John Deere, Monsanto, Syngenta, Bayer Crop Science, CPS, almost two dozen seed companies and several larger ag retailers. Mark’s first book Growth or Bust! Proven Turanround Strategies to Grow Your Business was a best seller at Barnes & Noble in the business section and his newer book High Growth Levers is available at BarnesAndNoble.com Mark has monthly columns in periodicals from Farm Journal to Forbes.
From his office near Washington, D.C., Jim Wiesemeyer contributes daily to Pro Farmer’s website, providing members with the latest information on agricultural policy and trade developments. He also is a twice-weekly participant in Farm Journal’s “AgriTalk” radio program and serves as a Washington analyst for Pro Farmer and Farm Journal. Since 1978, Jim has frequently reported on and interviewed senior government officials, including former Presidents Ronald Reagan and Jimmy Carter, as well as USDA secretaries since Earl Butz. Jim has traveled extensively in his assignments and is a frequent speaker on farm policy and trade issues. He rejoined Pro Farmer in June of 2018, after serving as their Washington consultant for 19 years while at Informa Economics and before that an employee of Pro Farmer. Jim is one of the writers for the Agriculture Letter, formerly the Kiplinger Ag Letter. Prior to Pro Farmer, he was a Washington editor with Doane's Agricultural Report and Washington editor and managing editor of the Washington Farmletter.
Rena Striegel is an internationally recognized business coach and consultant with over 20 years of experience working directly with farmers, ag leaders, senior executives and entrepreneurs to identify and implement strategies that create growth and profitability. In her role with Transition Point Business Advisors, she leads client projects in the areas of strategic planning, business succession and continuity planning and employee/leadership development. Most of her current clients are large family-owned farm operations. Rena grew up on a dairy and hog farm in What Cheer, Iowa, and she is a professional EOS implementer as well as a certified business coach and holds an MBA from the University of Iowa.
Paul Neiffer is an agribusiness certified public accountant and business adviser for CliftonLarsonAllen LLP. He specializes in income taxation and accounting services related to farmers and processors. Paul works with farmers and processors providing income tax advice and compliance services, and he consults with farm families on succession planning issues and opportunities. He also helps farmers understand the proper use of accounting systems to more profitably run their business. He authors a monthly column for Top Producer magazine called “The Farm CPA” and has written several articles for various farm magazines and media outlets.