Meet Landmark Services Cooperative’s outstanding management team and dedicated Board of Directors, whose roots in agriculture run as deep as their passion for farming smart.
Bob Carlson, President and Chief Executive Officer
Bob joined Landmark as its chief operating officer in 2007 and was named chief executive officer in January 2011. Bob has managed cooperatives in South Dakota and southern Minnesota, was a commercial ag loan officer with Cenex Finance Association, director of producer lending for Cofina Financial, and vice president of case management for Resolute Systems. He has a bachelor’s degree in business and public administration, and a master’s degree in business administration with a concentration in finance.
Bob is a member of the CHS Inc. Roundtable and serves on the committee of the National Grain & Feed Association’s “Rail Shipper/Receiver Committee.” He is a participant in Leadership Wisconsin—formerly the Wisconsin Rural Leadership Program, and is also a member of the Advisory Committee for the University of Wisconsin’s Center for Cooperatives (UWCC). Bob was raised on a 1,200-acre grain farm in North Dakota’s Red River Valley. He and his wife have three grown children.
Mike Elder, Chief Operating Officer
Mike joined Landmark in 2003 following the merger with Union Cooperative. He holds a bachelor’s degree in safety engineering and an associate’s degree in fire science. Prior to joining Landmark, Mike worked as a safety and regulatory consultant with numerous agricultural cooperatives, which includes the co-ops that currently make up what is now Landmark Services Cooperative. Mike enjoys many outdoor activities including running, biking, golf, and spending time with his wife, two teen-age daughters, and black and yellow labs at their Rhinelander cabin.
Keith Arnold, Executive Vice President–Finance
Keith joined Landmark in September 2012. Prior to that, Keith was a senior manager in the audit practice of Deloitte & Touche, a “Big Four” accounting firm where he spent nine years in the Phoenix, AZ and Milwaukee, Wis. offices. He graduated from Walsh University in Canton, OH in 1998 with a bachelor of science degree in Accounting. Keith and his wife live in Sun Prairie with their two sons. Being an active individual, Keith enjoys competing in triathlons, cycling, swimming, or other endurance events. Keith enjoys spending quality time with his sons and is involved as a Cub Scout leader and little league baseball coach.
Keith is a certified public accountant in Ohio, Arizona, and Wisconsin. He’s a member of several professional organizations, including the AICPA, WICPA, and is the newsletter chair for the Great Lakes Chapter of the National Society of Accountants for Cooperatives.
Doug Cropp, Executive Vice President–Grain Division
Doug has been with Landmark since 2003 and has been working in the cooperative business for over 25 years. He works with the grain team here at Landmark to help local farmers market their grain profitably. Doug serves on the board of directors for the Wisconsin Agri-Business Association. He is also a member of the Wisconsin Agricultural Producer Security Council. This council provides industry insight as it relates to the grain, milk, and vegetable producer security programs. Doug resides in Janesville, Wis. When away from the office, Doug enjoys fishing, yard work, and spending time with his wife and three sons.
Aric Dieter, Executive Vice President–Animal Nutrition
Aric Joined Landmark in 2016 as executive vice president of animal nutrition. Prior to joining Landmark he spent the previous 15 years with Cargill in their animal nutrition division. He has extensive experience in the areas of business management and manufacturing operations. Most recently his responsibilities were focused towards providing consultative services on a global-scale regarding business and manufacturing improvements for many key organizations within the animal nutrition sector. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Platteville with a bachelor’s degree in agri-business and an emphasis in engineering and technology.
Aric was raised on a family farm in southwest Wisconsin. When away from the office he enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters as well interacting with their personal business ventures, including Next Door Brewing Co. in Madison Wis.
Mike Halvensleben, Vice President–Landmark Logistics
Mike has been with Landmark for 25 years and has headed up the logistics division since it was created approximately five years ago. He has worked in cooperatives all his life, beginning as a relief driver in fuel and then working in agronomy, feed sales and eventually as branch manager for the Albany Feed Mill. Mike is currently the Evansville Fire Chief, a post he’s held since 2000. He and his wife have three children, the youngest of which graduated from Evansville High School in 2009.
Adam DeLawyer, Executive Vice President–Energy and Retail Services Division
Adam joined Landmark in April 2014 as executive vice president of energy and retail services. He comes to Landmark with vast experience in the energy industry to include sales, marketing, supply, logistics, and most recently, serving as a propane merchandiser/trader at CHS in Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota. Adam is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Madison with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural business management, and has continued his education with ongoing executive education courses at both the University of Wisconsin, Madison and the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota. He and his wife have two young daughters and Adam enjoys staying active in various sporting activities.
Tim Dusek, Executive Vice President–Sales & Marketing
Tim comes to Landmark with proven sales and business development leadership experience, most recently serving as a senior consultant for The Gerson Lehrman Group (GLG). He graduated from the University of North Dakota with a bachelor’s degree in marketing and management, and has successfully completed senior executive leadership programs during his time at Sprint and AirTouch Cellular. Tim’s past sales leadership experience with companies such as Fidelity National Information Solutions, Brightpoint, Inc. and Motorola will lend itself well in the success of this new position on the executive leadership team.
His responsibilities at Landmark include developing and leading the overall direction and management strategies to ensure sales initiatives and achieve business results so they are aligned with Landmark’s mission and business objectives across all product divisions. He provides guidance, coaching and mentoring to develop product service strategies to highlight impact and value necessary to assure market leadership by establishing realistic sales team activity requirements. He also manages the cooperative’s sales budget, assuring effective spending and delivering return on investment.
Tim enjoys spending quality time with his wife and two children. He has served in several leadership board positions of high school booster clubs and church ministries. Tim enjoys traveling, golf and many other outdoor activities.
Jeremy Henkels, PHR, SHRM-CP, Executive Vice President–Human Resources and Shared Services
Jeremy started with Landmark in May 2012 as executive vice president (EVP), human resources. In May 2016, Jeremy moved into a new role of EVP, HR and administration; taking on additional leadership over the information technology (IT) function, and strategic leadership of the shared services division including accounting, credit, finance, IT, HR, marketing, safety and sales.
Jeremy started his career as an HR specialist for a pork producer out of Spring Green, Wis (520 employee farrow-to-finish operations in Wisconsin, Illinois, North Carolina and Oklahoma). Jeremy continued on into his career progressively taking on roles with increased responsibility in all areas of human resources working in the radio broadcasting and healthcare industries.
Over the past four years with Landmark, Jeremy and his team have worked to develop and implement programs to help Landmark continue to thrive for many years to come, they include an in-house recruitment program, compensation program development, a partnership with Gallup on increasing employee engagement, implementing a Strengths-Based culture (Certified Strengths Coach), and most recently partnering with Verity Business Solutions (wholly-owned subsidiary of Landmark) to bring HR consulting solutions to the farm gate.
Hans Pflieger, Vice President–Business Solutions
In 1999 Hans joined the Landmark team as a sales agronomist in the agronomy division. Additional roles Hans has had at Landmark include seed manager and agronomy area sales lead. His past work experience also includes positions at Syngenta and Monsanto. He received his bachelor’s degree in soil and crop science from the University of Wisconsin, Platteville and master of business administration from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Hans currently leads the Verity Business Solutions, LLC, which provides producer lending programs (crop operating loans and machinery and equipment financing), crop and livestock insurance products and specialized consulting services. This suite of products and professional services provide support for Landmark’s product divisions, in addition to strengthening Landmark’s relationship with producers by providing solutions at the farm gate.
He enjoys spending time with his wife, Lacy, and their two daughters, traveling, hunting, playing hockey and attending sporting events.
Shannon Horstmeyer, Executive Assistant
Shannon has been part of the Landmark team for over 19 years, working in our retail and human resources division before becoming executive assistant. Shannon works with Landmark’s Board of Directors and CEO to coordinate monthly board meetings and yearly strategic planning sessions, and acts as a liaison between Landmark’s board and executive management team. She also serves as coordinator of Landmark’s Community Giving and Scholarship programs. Shannon and her husband David have two sons and live on a farm near Marshall, Wisconsin, where they raise and show Angus cattle.
Board of Directors
John Blaska, Chairman of the Board (Elected in 1995)
John has been actively involved in the agricultural industry for many years, having managed feed and grain locations in southwestern Wis. in addition to having a dairy with over 400 cows and 2600 acres of crops. Today he continues to farm corn, soybeans and wheat on his land in Dane County. In addition to farming, John owns the Oak’s Golf Course, as well as owning and managing 300,000 sq. ft. of commercial real estate.
Since 1995 John has been on the Landmark Services Cooperative Board of Directors, and currently serves as Board Chairman. John has spent over 30 years actively involved in the agricultural industry through various roles. From 1986 to 1994 he served on the Wisconsin Soybean Association Board, and the American Soybean Association Board from 1993-2000, including three years as the international marketing chair. He has also been very active in the community, serving as the chairman of the Town of Sun Prairie Board for nine years and a board member of the Sun Prairie-Area School Board for three years.
Jim Lange, Vice Chairman (Elected in 1994)
Jim and his wife Amy farm outside Muskego. They grow corn, soybeans and wheat on 2,200 acres. They have a son and daughter, Kristi and Steve (who is also involved in the farm). Jim has spent the last 22 years as an active cooperative board member: he started at Farmer’s Grain & Supply in Union Grove and then continued with CPI after the merger where he served as board secretary and president until merging with Landmark. Jim also served on the Planning and Zoning Commission for the Town of Norway for 10 years.
Kevin Klahn, Secretary-Treasurer (Elected in 2015)
Kevin was elected to the Landmark board in 2015. Kevin, along with his wife Erika and four children (Abby, Tanner, Gabrielle and Gabe) operate Klondike Farms, a cash grain and custom farming operation near Brooklyn, Wis. There they raise corn, soybeans, wheat and alfalfa for themselves as well as for many others in the area. Kevin is actively involved in the agriculture industry, including both the Corn and Soybean associations and currently serves on the board of the Southern Wisconsin Agricultural Group. He also proudly serves on his church leadership council.
John Doerfer, Director (Elected in 2007)
John was elected to the Landmark Services Cooperative Board of Directors in 2007. Together with his father and brother, John has a dairy farm of 600 cows and a grain operation of 4,000 acres. He also operates a semi-tractor trailer company with 10 tractors and reefer, belt and hopper trailers.
Jon Laper, Director (Elected in 2013)
Together with his brother Randy and Randy’s wife Judy, Jon owns and operates a row crop and vegetable operation on their fourth-generation farm that began 125 years ago. Jon’s leadership roles include past vice president of Grand River Co-op and a current seat on the Markesan School Board, a position he has held for over six years. He has also served on a county committee, in a judge-appointed role, to ensure farmers receive fair pay for condemned land.
Jon Prochnow, Director (Elected in 2012)
Along with his father David, Jon operates Prochnow’s Uphill Angus, LLC. The operation consists of over 100 commercial Angus beef cows, 300 finishing steers and 700 acres of corn, soybeans, wheat, oats, hay and pasture. Jon has served on the Town of Scott board. He is a 1998 graduate of University of Wisconsin, Platteville with a degree in animal science and a minor in ag business.
Max Wenck, Director (Elected in 2016)
East Troy, Wisconsin
Max and his wife Linda live on a 500-acre family farm with their three children, Taylor, Austin and Andi. Together they raise and show purebred beef cattle and grow corn, soybeans and hay. They also own and manage a 3,000-acre cow-calf ranching operation in western South Dakota. Max has been very actively involved in both the agriculture industry and community, serving on numerous boards and leadership positions including serving on the CPI Board. He is a 1982 graduate of South Dakota State University with degrees in animal science and communications.