CHS Annual Meeting general session



The CHS Annual Meeting will give you insight into the company strategy, an opportunity to network with fellow farmer-owners and the chance to help govern your cooperative.  

Wednesday, December 5

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  New Leaders Forum 
3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Annual Meeting Registration

Thursday, December 6

7:15 a.m. - 3:45 p.m. Education Sessions
7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Connection Center and CHS Store Open
7:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Annual Meeting Registration
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.  Resolution Committee 
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. CHS PAC Hospitality Room 
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Rules and Credentials Committee
4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.  General Session 
5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. CHS Reception

Friday, December 7

7:00 a.m. -12:30 p.m.
Rules and Credentials Committee
7:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Non-Delegate Registration Open
8:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. Regional Caucuses
9:45 a.m. Business Meeting

Featured Speakers

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Jay Debertin

President and Chief Executive Officer

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Jay Debertin is president and chief executive officer of CHS, a leading energy, grains and foods company and the largest member-owned cooperative in the United States, which employs 11,000 people and represents 600,000 farmer-owners nationwide. 

Debertin leads the CHS strategic leadership team in strengthening the company by advancing operational excellence, accelerating its focus on results and delivering products and services that help the cooperative’s owners grow.

Debertin was named CEO in 2017 after 33 years in leadership roles in the business. In addition to his role as chief executive officer at CHS, Debertin serves as chairman of the board for Ventura Foods, LLC.

Previously, Debertin was executive vice president and chief operating officer for the company’s diverse energy operations and processing and food ingredients. He joined CHS in 1984 in its petroleum division, holding a variety of leadership positions including overseeing energy marketing, crude oil supply, refining, pipelines and terminals, trading and risk management, and transportation.  

Debertin grew-up in the heart of the Red River Valley in East Grand Forks, Minn., surrounded by vibrant agricultural communities and a strong cooperative system.

Debertin earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of North Dakota – Grand Forks. He also holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Wisconsin - Madison.

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Dan Schurr

Chairman, CHS

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Dan Schurr joined the CHS Board of Directors in 2006 and currently serves as chairman of the CHS Board and the Board’s Executive Committee. Schurr previously served as secretary-treasurer and, more recently, first vice chairman of the CHS Board. 

In addition to his duties on the CHS Board, Schurr sits on the board for Blackhawk Bank and Trust, serving on its audit and loan committees. He is past chairman and current member of the board for the Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area and past director of the River Valley Cooperative of Mt. Joy, Iowa, and the Great River Bank. He is active in numerous agriculture and community organizations and was named the Iowa Jaycees Outstanding Young Farmer in 2004.

Schurr holds a bachelor’s degree in agricultural business, with a minor in economics, from Iowa State University. He raises corn and soybeans near LeClaire, Iowa. Schurr also operates a commercial trucking business. He has completed the National Association of Corporate Directors comprehensive Director Professionalism course, received its Certificate of Director Education and Board Leadership fellow status.

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Timothy Skidmore

Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

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Timothy Skidmore is executive vice president and chief financial officer for CHS, the nation's leading farmer-owned cooperative and a global energy, grains and foods company. Skidmore joined CHS in August 2013 and is responsible for finance, accounting, tax, patron equity, treasury, strategic sourcing and insurance risk management.

He previously served as vice president of finance and strategy for Campbell North America, Campbell's largest operating division. Skidmore joined Campbell as assistant treasurer in 2001 and has held numerous leadership positions in finance including leading the cash management, corporate finance and international treasury functions and serving in various business unit CFO roles including the U.S. soup, simple meals, beverages and international businesses where he was responsible for financial strategy, planning, reporting and balance sheet management. Prior to joining Campbell, Skidmore spent 15 years at DuPont Co., where he held a variety of financial leadership positions, including leading DuPont's finance function across Asia Pacific. Skidmore began his career at Conoco Philips.

Skidmore is currently on the board of trustees for the Science Museum of Minnesota, where he serves on the Audit and Finance Committee. He is also a director on the Finance 50 and CHS Pension Plan boards. 

He holds a bachelor's degree in risk management from the University of Georgia and a Master of Business Administration in finance from Widener University, Chester, Penn.

Resolutions Committee

The committee's purpose is to develop and present a slate of resolutions on issues of importance to CHS member pertaining to agriculture, energy, trade, environment, cooperative governance and other policy matters. The committee has eight members, one from each of the company's director representation regions. 

Rules & Credentials Committee

The Rules and Credentials Committee is charged with ensuring the official business of CHS, including director elections, comply with the CHS governing documents, follow set processes and are conducted with the highest of integrity. The committee consists of eight CHS members, one from each of the company's director representation regions. 

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Connection Center

Have coffee with CHS senior leadership, connect with experts from across the company and learn from your fellow farmer-owners.

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