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.
Larry Swalheim, CEO and President
Larry rejoined Landmark in October of 2017 as Interim CEO and President. Many of you may remember Larry when he served our cooperative from 1987 until 2011 when he retired. When Larry began as CEO back in 1987, Landmark was called the Dane County Farmers Union Cooperative and had a staff of 80 and $25 million in annual sales while serving primarily the Cottage Grove area. Mergers and acquisitions over the two decades that followed lifted annual sales to a record $333 million in 2008 for what we now know as Landmark, with a staff of nearly 400. Since his retirement from Landmark in 2011, Larry has spent his time assisting cooperatives across the Midwest in an interim CEO capacity, and traveling the world teaching cooperative leadership and principles through the U.S. Agency for International Development.
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, Chief Financial Officer
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
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.
Todd Kronberg, Executive Vice President–Agronomy
Todd joined Landmark in 2017 as executive vice president of agronomy. Todd comes to Landmark with vast experience in the agricultural industry, most recently serving as customer experience manager at ABS Global Inc. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in agriculture before completing graduate school in sales management and marketing at Syracuse University. Todd’s past agricultural and leadership experience with ABS Global will lend itself well to Landmark’s growing business and many opportunities.
Todd and his wife, Becky, live in Milton, Wis., with their children, Ben and Sara. In his spare time, Todd enjoys traveling and spending time with his children showing dairy cattle and pigs at county, state and national shows.
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.
Jeremy Henkels, Executive Vice President–Human Resources
Jeremy joined Landmark in May 2012. Jeremy came to Landmark with valuable experience in his career progressively taking on roles with increased responsibility in the area of Human Resources. Jeremy’s industry experience includes radio broadcasting, healthcare and agriculture – specifically a pork producer out of Spring Green, Wis (520 employee farrow-to-finish operations). In his role, Jeremy contributes to the overall strategic direction of the cooperative from both a human capital and administrative perspective.
Don Schlising, Vice President–Information Technology
Don joined Landmark in January of 2016 to lead the strategic planning and implementation of enterprise technology solutions to improve cost effectiveness, service quality, and our member experience. His talented teams focus on the continued development and support of an innovative, robust, and secure information technology environment.
Don’s extensive experience includes positions in information technology sales, project management and business analysis, CIO consulting, operations management, and leadership. He’s a strong supporter of charities that help our veterans and their families, and actively participates in fundraising. Don is also a published author and landscape photographer.
Hans Pflieger, Vice President–Verity 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 21 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.