GROWMARK CEO Announces Retirement
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AgPR) June 10, 2021 — Jim Spradlin, GROWMARK’s CEO since September 2014, announced to the GROWMARK Board of Directors today his intent to retire effective February 28, 2022.
GROWMARK Chairman of the Board John Reifsteck said, “Jim has served the GROWMARK System with excellence since 1982. His leadership as CEO has been transformational, and he will leave a legacy of innovation in digital technology, leadership development, succession planning, and the establishment of an enterprise-wide strategy that is yielding increased customer satisfaction and financial success.”
Spradlin joined the FS/GROWMARK System as an accounting trainee at Schuyler-Brown FS. He has served in many leadership roles over his career including as the general manager of Piatt County Service Company and Ag-Land FS, positions on GROWMARK’s regional staff, and as vice president for GROWMARK’s Agronomy and Energy business units.
Reifsteck noted that the GROWMARK Board has initiated a search process for Spradlin’s replacement.
“Ideally, a new CEO will be named in the fall and benefit from working alongside Jim into early 2022,” he added.
Retirement celebration arrangements to honor Spradlin’s career will be planned and communicated later.
GROWMARK is an agricultural cooperative serving almost 400,000 customers across North America, providing agronomy, energy, facility engineering and construction, and logistics products and services, as well as grain marketing and risk management services. Headquartered in Bloomington, Illinois, GROWMARK owns the FS trademark, which is used by member cooperatives. GROWMARK also owns and operates SEEDWAY, the largest full-line seed company in the United States. More information is available at growmark.com.