Andy Papathanassiou Headshot (2)Andy Papathanassiou, NASCAR Visionary and Motorsports Industry Innovator

Pit crews operate in one of the most dynamic and demanding teamwork environments imaginable. In racing, like in business and in life, there are no guarantees. Make one mistake that's too big or at an inopportune time and your day at the race is over - you go home while the race continues on without you.  

Andy Papathanassiou, a Stanford University master's graduate, shares how passion overcomes obstacles and makes things happen. He talks about the make-up of highly successful teams. Whether it's pit crews, sales teams or groups that come together to accomplish any goal, the characteristics of successful teams are universal. He discusses leadership and the role of the individual and coined the term, "Over the Wall Thinking," to describe his philosophy.

It’s no secret that as the CEO of your farming business, you must constantly evaluate your team to optimize performance. Tinkering with procedures, programs and production/management practices are keys to leading a well-oiled, functioning group. Don't miss this learning opportunity! 

dr_behraveshChief Economist, IHS

Dr. Nariman Behravesh, oversees the work of more than 400 Professionals and directs the entire economic forecasting process of IHS.

He has responsibility for developing the economic outlook and risk analysis for the United States, Europe, Japan, China and emerging markets. He has been covering the global economy for nearly 40 years. Dr. Behravesh frequently is cited by leading business publications, including the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Financial Times, USA Today, Investor's Business Daily, Business Week, Newsweek, Fortune, Forbes and US News & World Report. He also appears regularly on national radio and television programs, including BBC World Business Report, NBC Nightly News, CNN Headline News, The News Hour with Jim Lehrer (PBS), Fox News, CNBC, Bloomberg TV and Radio, All Things Considered and Marketplace on National Public Radio. Dr. Behravesh’s university degrees include a Bachelor of Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.), Cambridge, Mass., U.S., as well as a master’s and a doctorate in economics from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pa., U.S. He is the author of Spin-Free Economics: A No-Nonsense, Nonpartisan Guide to Today's Global Economic Debates (McGraw-Hill).

Speaker Bios

Sam Willett 2014 (2)Sam Willett is Senior Director, Public Policy for the National Corn Growers Association. He’s responsible for monitoring federal farm and risk management programs, rural development issues, tax legislation and commodity exchange regulatory matters. Prior to NCGA, Willett served as Legislative Director for Representative Henry Brown of South Carolina and Representative Gil Gutknecht of Minnesota. His Congressional staff service began in 1995 as the District Administrator and Senior Legislative Assistant for Representative Ron Lewis of Kentucky. A formal Naval Officer and graduate of the United States Naval Academy, Willett earned a Masters Degree from the Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce, University of Kentucky.


Lance Woodbury is a Garden City, Kansas, author, family business consultant and professional mediator specializing in agriculture and closely-held businesses. Over his two decade career, he has guided many families through inter-generational farm transfers as well as mentored successors and facilitated small business peer groups. He contributes monthly columns to both DTN and The Progressive Farmer on the personal dynamics of operating farm family businesses.


darin_newsom_062716_cventDarin Newsom, senior analyst, DTN/The Progressive Farmer  oversees a team of five analysts who provide daily DTN market commentary on more than a dozen commodities ranging from grains to fuels. He is also the creator and guiding force behind DTN's Six Factor Marketing Strategies, technical tools laymen can use to determine any market’s direction and writes a monthly marketing column for DTN's sister publication, The Progressive Farmer.

Newsom is a former grain merchandiser with more than 20 years of experience analyzing commodity markets and developing risk-management strategies.

His articles and commentary are also frequently featured in industry publications such as The Wall Street Journal, SFO Magazine, and Commodities Now magazine, along with multiple newspapers and radio stations across the country. Newsom is also a regular guest on CNBC and the Iowa Public Television Program Market to Market.

AndersonBryce Anderson, DTN ag meteorologist, DTN/The Progressive Farmer has been DTN's ag meteorologist and fill-in market analyst since 1991. He combines his expertise in weather forecasting with a south-central Nebraska farm background to bring in-depth, focused commentary on the top weather developments affecting agriculture each day.

His comments in the DTN Ag Weather Brief and the DTN Market Impact Weather articles are read by persons involved in all aspects of the agricultural industry and in all major crop and livestock production areas of the U.S. and Canada.


Ag Summit Editors and Moderators

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Greg Horstmeier, DTN editor-in-chief, joined DTN as production editor in August 2007. He became editor-in-chief in July 2010. He comes from the University of Missouri, where for six years he served as director of the Extension and Agriculture Information News office. Before that he was the chemicals and technology editor for Farm Journal, as well as crops editor for the Pennsylvania Farmer.

Gregg Hillyer, The Progressive Farmer editor-in-chief, lives in St. Louis, Missouri. Before coming to The Progressive Farmer, you may remember him as the editor of Soybean Digest where he edited the publication for nearly 12 years. Before that he was managing editor of Hogs Today, as well as field editor for Wallaces Farmer.  Hillyer also worked in public relations for Miller Meester Advertising.

Urban C. Lehner, emeritus vice president, editorial, joined DTN as editor-in-chief in July 2003. He became vice president of the editorial operations of DTN/The Progressive Farmer in July 2010. He is a past president of the North American Agricultural Journalists, and in 2009 was named "Writer of the Year" by the American Agricultural Editors' Association. Lehner spent 33 years at The Wall Street Journal, including 20 years in Europe and Asia, where he did stints as a reporter, editor, and executive.

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