The Landmark Services Cooperative has a new chief executive officer. Recently the Landmark Services Cooperative board of directors appointed James (Jim) Dell as the new CEO. Jim has comprehensive management experience spanning 30 years in the cooperative system and he will begin his new role March 5, 2018.
“After an extensive CEO search and interview process, the board is pleased to have found the best individual to assume the leadership of our cooperative,” said John Blaska, Landmark Services Cooperative chairman of the board. “The board and I are delighted that Jim will lead Landmark into its next stage of growth.”
Dell’s agriculture background runs deeps as he grew up on a 500-head cow-calf operation in Conde, South Dakota, cultivating 3,200 acres of row crops and small grains. Jim, holds a degree in ag business from Southwest State University in Marshall, Minnesota. After college Dell began his career at Harvest States and regionally owned locations of Land O’Lakes. The after 19 years with Central Valley Cooperative focusing on primarily grain and feed business, Jim joined Cooperative Producers Incorporated in Hastings, Nebraska, as their vice president of grain, managing 82 million bushels of grain storage. He also led the transportation division consisting of a 55-vehicle fleet and was instrumental in developing a safety-first culture.
“I am very excited for the opportunity to lead this exceptional cooperative that understands the strength of technology, innovation and the ever-changing agricultural environment,” said Dell. “I look forward to working with the board of directors to develop a strong, clear vision that will help the organization be mutually successful with its member-owners. I understand that, as our patrons grow, we need to grow as a cooperative to meet their future needs.”
Landmark Services Cooperative is a member-owned cooperative business dedicated to providing both rural and urban customers the highest quality products and services. For 85 years, Landmark has been providing agronomy, energy and retail services, animal nutrition, grain, retail and transportation products and services to its more than 11,000 members in southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois. They employ more than 540 people in rural areas. Landmark provides the benefits of volume buying and access to state-of-the-art technology to its members while maintaining a hands-on, customer service oriented approach in each of the communities they serve.