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About our Senior Management

Jim Seurer
Chief Executive Officer

Jim Seurer joined the GLE team as the Chief Finance Officer in 2007 and then assumed the Chief Executive Officer responsibilities in late 2008.   

Jim grew up in the north central South Dakota farm and ranch community of Hoven just east of the Missouri River.  He graduated from Northern State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in both Accounting and Business Management. 

After a brief time of employment with state government,  Jim moved to Colorado and began an eighteen year period working in the credit union industry, first as a federal credit union examiner with the National Credit Union Administration and then as a CFO at a fast-growing credit union.  During the second half of his fourteen years of federal service, Jim worked exclusively with Boards of Directors of troubled and financially challenged institutions throughout the central and southwestern US to develop capital restoration and asset improvement plans.  As a CFO in a fast-growing credit union, Jim helped develop strategic plans to capitalize on consumer banking opportunities in the highly competitive Denver metro market.

Jim returned to South Dakota accepting the position of CFO of South Dakota Soybean Processors near Brookings, SD. 

Jim is a licensed CPA (inactive) in the state of Colorado and he is also a member of the Colorado Society of CPAs.

Pat Hogan
Director of Operations

New Zealand is where Pat began his career in the Ag manufacturing industry. He worked for the NZ Dairy Co. initially in cheese manufacturing and then with Anchor Ethanol as a fermentation operator; working his way up to operations manager of three distilleries.

After leaving New Zealand, Hogan has managed plants in Alberta & Ontario, Canada, Kentucky, Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, Iowa, and Tennessee.

Hogan likes living in the Midwest and is excited to be part of the GLE team!

Marcy Kohl
Director of Communications and Corporate Affairs

Marcy Kohl joined the GLE team in 2001 holding various positions and currently serves as the Director of Communications and Corporate Affairs.

Marcy has over 10 years of experience in marketing, public and investor relations, IT Management, Administration Management, document writing, promotional events, stock trading management, and customer service.  

During her career, Marcy has held the position of Assistant Director of the Watertown Convention & Visitors Bureau where she was responsible for attracting organizations and visitors to the City and assisting with planning of their events.  She has also managed a recruiting firm placing quality candidates in regional businesses.

Marcy received her Office Administration degree from Lake Area Technical Institute in Watertown, SD.

Tara Crowder
Director of Human Resources

Tara joined the GLE team in 2017 asDirector of Human Resources.   She has broad human resources experience and an affinity for talent management including recruiting, performance management, employee development and employee engagement.

During Tara’s career, she has gained significant experience managing employee relations, benefits, and compensation while working in both healthcare and manufacturing facilities. She credits former positions with Sodexo, Chemring Energetic Devices, Bel Brands, and Twin City Die Castings for helping her grow into her current role with GLE. 

Tara earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Organizational Leadership from Bethel University, Arden Hills, MN. She earned her Master of Arts degree in Human Resources Management from Concordia University, St. Paul, MN.

Brad Schultz
Director of Commodities and Risk Management

Brad Schultz joined the GLE team in 2013 as the Director of Commodities and Risk Management. 

Brad has an extensive trade background in corn, soybeans, wheat, rail and barge freight, and co-products.  Schultz brings over 33 years of experience in commodity trading and processing to GLE specifically related to risk management for both dry and wet corn milling, ethanol production and grain handling assets. 

Throughout his career, Schultz has held a number of positions with increasing responsibility in trading and senior management positions for companies such as The Pillsbury Co., ConAgra Corn Processing, Minnesota Corn Processers, LLC, Lansing Trade Group, LLC and West Plains Co.

Schultz, a Mathematics major, received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Carleton College, Northfield, MN.