Plagge, Carlsson honored by Alumni Association

April 5, 2021

Jeff PlaggeJeff Plagge ('78 ag business) was presented the ISU Alumni Association's 2020 Floyd Andre Award by CALS Dean Daniel Robison at a virtual ceremony on Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at 7 p.m. The Floyd Andre Award was established in 1978 to honor a College of Agriculture and Life Sciences alumnus or friend who has made outstanding contributions to production agriculture, agricultural business or has had a significant impact on Iowa agriculture.

Jeff Plagge’s impressive career spans more than 40 years and has positively impacted all levels of Iowa’s banking industry. In 2019, Plagge was appointed superintendent of the Iowa Division of Banking by Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds. In this role, Plagge leads the regulation of all state-chartered banks and has regulatory and licensing authority over Iowa lenders, mortgage businesses, real estate appraisers and appraisal management companies.

A respected leader, Plagge has served as chief executive officer of four Iowa banking organizations, ranging in asset size from $92 million to $2.4 billion. In 2020, Plagge retired from his most recent role as chief executive officer of Northwest Financial Corporation, a family-owned bank holding company based out of Arnolds Park, Iowa.

Roger CarlssonRoger Carlsson ('78 ag business) received the Henry A. Wallace Award. The award was established in 1978 to honor a College of Agriculture and Life Sciences alumnus or friend who has achieved notable professional achievements nationally or internationally and brought distinction to themselves, the college, and the university through their significant contributions.

A veteran investment and risk officer, Roger Carlsson, chairman of First Continental Trading Group of Companies (FCT), is a driving force in the global investment management industry.

In 1984, Carlsson founded FCT, basing the company in Chicago, Illinois. An active member on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and Chicago Board of Trade, Carlsson grew FCT into a globally-recognized investment firm and one of the largest independent market making and proprietary trading groups in the world. With operations in key global financial centers, FCT was one of the largest independent shareholders of the London International Financial Futures Exchange, an organization eventually acquired by the New York Stock Exchange.

The 2020 Honors & Awards Ceremony, originally scheduled to be held during Homecoming 2020, was postponed due to the pandemic.

View the 89th annual Honors & Awards program.