Michael Boland (Mike) is the Koller Professor at the University of Minnesota where he has teaching, research, and outreach responsibilities in agribusiness management and in particular, agricultural cooperatives. In addition, he is Director of the University of Minnesota Food Industry Center and was elected to the board of directors for the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association. He also sits on the board of the Council on Food, Agriculture, and Resource Economics (C-FARE) in Washington DC. He is a member of Harvard’s Private and Public, Scientific, Academic, and Consumer Food Policy Group.
Gregory Mckee is Professor of Agricultural Economics at University of Nebraska. His teaching and research interests include financial performance of cooperative businesses; management of cooperative businesses; marketing activities of cooperative businesses; and contracting and vertical integration in agriculture and agribusiness. Dr. McKee is also interested in the economics of invasive species management, which includes the cost and benefit of policies designed to manage invasive species and the information requirements to develop such policies. He teaches courses in cooperative business management and in agribusiness industrial strategy. Dr. McKee received his M.S. and PhD in Agricultural Resource Economics from University of California, Davis.
Tim Rooney, CEO of Bard Valley Date Growers Association and Datepac LLC has been a C-level executive for the last 12 years in Food Processing / Consumer Packaged Goods. Prior to working in Consumer-Packaged Goods, he was a Management Consultant providing guidance to improve the performance of organizations for a variety of industries domestically and internationally, including U.S. Navy, Pharmaceutical, Food Processing, Mining, Silicon Chips, Finance, Banking and Insurance, Plastics, and Chemicals
Paul Snyder is Executive Vice President at the Tillamook County Creamery Corporation. A member of the Executive Team and reporting to the CEO, he leads several functions including corporate responsibility, sustainability, community engagement, corporate communications, government affairs, farm services, and co-op member relations. He joined Tillamook in June of 2019
Previously, Paul was Global Vice President – Corporate Responsibility at InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG). In that role, Paul co-led IHG’s global Corporate Responsibility function and directly oversaw sustainability strategy and execution for the company’s nearly 5,200 hotels worldwide.
Paul earned a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature at Lawrence University and an MBA at Cornell University’s Johnson Graduate School of Management.