Garrett Ley

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Garrett Ley
Major in agricultural business

Current employment: Entrepreneur

Garrett Ley began G Pop's Popcorn in May 2014. He has a 20 credit course load, and runs his business out of Alleman, Iowa. 

As he looks to expand his business, Ley has also had to refigure his priorities. He intends to graduate a year early and dedicate himself more fully to G Pop’s.

Onalie Ariyabandhu

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Current employment/job title: United Nations Population Fund, Sri Lanka/Social Change Campaign Assistant

Other Majors: International Studies, and Environmental Studies

How did you come to work at your current position?

Sam Summers

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Hometown: Johnston, IA

Current employment: Business owner

Summers started his first music promotion company, First Fleet Concerts, while still a student at ISU. Among other venues, he promoted several music shows at the Vaudeville Mews in Des Moines, later partnering with owner Amedeo Rossi to produce the Nitefall on the River concert series. The inaugural Hinterland Music Festival, in 2015, is his latest musical brainchild.

Benjamin Zelle

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Hometown: Waverly, IA

Current employment/job title: John Deere, Waterloo, IA, Marketing Representative

Describe your position with John Deere. The Marketing Rep Development Program (MRDP) is an 18 month rotational development program that allows for exposure to a broad scope of John Deere’s business. My position is on the Customer Product Support path focused around jobs that provide support for the end-user whether directly or indirectly, and it has a focus on development of employees for future positions.

Mason Nicklos

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Hometown: Ogden, IA

Current employment/job title: Farmers Cooperative Company, Bondurant, IA/Field Sales Agronomist 

Describe your position with FC Co-op: My job as a field sales agronomist is to provide agronomic advice and products to growers, while continually trying to expand my territory. Other duties of a field sales agronomist include budgeting, sales, and customer service.

Melissa Abrahamson

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Current employment/job title: MaxYield Cooperative, Lakota, IA, Client Care Representative

What do you like most about working for MaxYield?

Kelsi Guinn

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Current employment/job title: Nationwide Insurance, Des Moines, IA, Associate Underwriter, Commercial Lines

Describe your position at Nationwide.

Josh Sonnabend

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Hometown: Vernon Center, MN

Current employment/job title: Flint Hills Resources, Shell Rock, IA, Merchandiser

Elizabeth Burns-Thompson

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Hometown: Alburnett, IA

Current employment/job title: Iowa Corn Growers Association, Government Relations Manager

Describe your position with Iowa Corn.
In my current role, I am essentially a liaison between Iowa corn farmers and the governmental officials that represent them. On a day to day basis I help farmers navigate and resolve issues with legislative, regulatory, and judicial oversight of their operations.

What do you like about your job?

Scott Henry

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Hometown: Nevada, IA

Current employment/job title: LongView Farms, Business Development Manager

Describe your position: As Business Development Manager, I am responsible for business growth, strategy, process management and the implementation of precision technologies for LongView Farms.


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