Board Member Spotlight - Meet Steve Gross
Steve Gross owns and operates D&S Gross Cold Springs Farms, LLC, a dairy-beef and crop operation, in partnership with his brother, Dan. They feed 1,500 head of cattle and farm 2,800 acres of corn, soybeans, wheat, sunflowers and cover crop turnips. Steve also has a feed store with a Purina dealership for direct customer sales. We asked Steve a few questions about what inspired him to join AgChoice. Check out his answers below, and be sure to say hello at our next event!
One fun fact about your business or career:
Several years ago, I started growing sunflowers for our retail feed business. The surprising result was how much our community embraced the sunflowers. Senior pictures, wedding pictures, engagement pictures, holiday photos and shockingly, we have heard verified rumors of nude photos in our sunflower fields! As we do not charge for the photo ops, the community goodwill is priceless.
Why did you choose to work with AgChoice for your financing needs?
Two words, Mike Hosterman. Mike was our first loan officer when my wife Becky and I started with three bull calves, providing good advice and sometimes even commiseration as our business grew. Mike helped our family create a transition plan, a comprehensive process that took time and commitment. Mike had the capability and vision to see what a business could become despite challenging circumstances rather than just focusing on numbers and paperwork.
Why did you decide to run for the Board of Directors?
I believe in the cooperative system and helping to guide AgChoice as it provides lending and financial services to the agricultural community in our region. I consider it an honor to serve the organization in this role.
How has the Cooperative changed through the years?
As I have just completed my first year of service, I have learned there is much more to the process of keeping the entire organization operating. The loan officers make it look easy!
Advice you’d share with other customer-owners considering running for the nominating committee or a board seat in the future?
Take the time to consider the commitment this Board position requires. You should discuss it with your family and others involved in the day-to-day operation of your business. Be ready to check your personal agenda at the door and do what’s best for AgChoice.
AgChoice has the pleasure of working with a dynamic Board of Directors that helps to provide strategic direction and oversight. Interested in becoming more involved with AgChoice? For more information on becoming a member of the AgChoice Board of Directors, view our Board Leadership Brochure.
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