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Speaker Bios

MIKE NORTH (Vault AG)

Mike grew up on his family’s dairy farm in southeastern Wisconsin. His lifelong interest in agriculture production led him to the University of Wisconsin – Platteville, where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Agribusiness with a minor in Dairy Science. While still a student, Mike served a one-year term as a Wisconsin State FFA Officer.

Mike began his work in the futures industry in 1995 as an intern with a local brokerage company researching the technical and fundamental dynamics of commodity market history and current price trends. As the company grew, Mike’s responsibilities grew as well.  His team was often recognized around the country as one of the pioneers of market responsive option hedging programs and were invited by groups across the country to share their knowledge.

Mike uses his experience to educate today’s producers and businessmen about the tools available for price protection and risk management. Mike has been published in several agricultural periodicals, is a regular guest on several national programs such as AgDay, RFDTV, and the U.S. Farm Report, can be heard frequently on several local and national radio programs, served as a part time lecturer at the University of Wisconsin – Platteville and is a featured speaker at programs across the country.

In 2008, Mike was elected to the board of directors of the Dairy Business Association (DBA), an organization which represents the dairy industry and its economic and environmental stake in Wisconsin. He now serves as their president.  Mike has been honored as the 2006 Rising Star in Business for the IA, IL, & WI Tri-State Region and in 2011 as the recipient of the UW-Platteville Outstanding Alumni Award.  Mike and his wife Jennifer have four daughters and are actively involved in showing animals, the leadership of their church as well as several community initiatives. Mike is an avid sportsman who enjoys hunting, fishing, biking and skiing.

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MATT TRANEL (Vault AG)

Matt grew up on his family’s dairy farm in southwest Wisconsin. His farming background led him to the University of Wisconsin – Platteville where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a minor in Accounting. An Ag Commodity Marketing class peaked Matt’s interest in college and led him to a local brokerage company.  To this day Matt continues to assist on his family’s farm wherever needed.

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BRITT O’CONNELL (Vault AG)

Britt grew up on her family’s dairy farm in southwest Wisconsin where her love of animals led her to the show ring and an active role in her local 4-H and FFA chapter.  To give back, she continues to encourage aspiring youth as they pursue agricultural pathways. Her own passion for agriculture led her to Southwest Wisconsin Technical College where she earned a degree in Ag-Business.

Britt began her working career as an agronomist, working with farmers to maximize in-field performance.  While this effort cannot be overlooked, she identified a need to help producers improve the marketing of their crops.  This would lead her to a grain merchandising role with a prominent multi-national grain company.

Britt is an outdoor enthusiast who, along with her husband Ryan and son, enjoys hiking, biking, and skiing.  They are also committed to the growth of their local church.

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STEVE BENCH (Generational Consulting, LLC)

https://www.generationalconsulting.com/

Steve is founder of Generational Consulting, LLC which customizes presentations and training sessions that deliver engagement strategies for attracting and retaining Millennials, empowering Gen X, capturing Boomer wisdom and cultivating future leadership.  Steve is also founder of the Badger Business Challenge (BBC), a Shark Tank-style business contest for kids. The BBC puts kids in charge to create new business ideas and make the perfect sales pitch! Kids learn business concepts, practice soft skills and networking, and compete for candy and prizes! BBC is a non-profit with 501c3 status pending.  Previously, Steve served as director of Business World, a summer camp that teaches kids about capitalism. When not in a classroom, Steve spends his time in gyms around the midwest coaching AAU basketball.

Email Steve Bench at info@generationalconsulting.com

Phone:  608-512-9081

Brochure: Generational Consulting Sessions_

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RICK BOLLENBECK, An experienced attorney in Appleton, WI

Bollenbeck Fyfe, S.C. was established by Richard E. Bollenbeck’s father, Edward “Bucky” Bollenbeck, in 1953. Now as a partner of the firm his family started, Richard Bollenbeck is continuing the traditions his father started 60 years ago. For more than 25 years, Mr. Bollenbeck has been providing legal representation to clients throughout Northeast Wisconsin and the Fox River Valley. He is a lifelong resident of the state of Wisconsin and was born and raised in the firm’s hometown of Appleton. He knows the people of this area and is dedicated to getting them the proper legal help they need on their issues.

Protecting your family and legacy

Bollenbeck Fyfe is a multi-practice law firm with a staff of attorneys that all focus on different areas of the law. Mr. Bollenbeck has dedicated his practice, in particular, to cases involving criminal defense, family law and estate planning. Throughout the years, Mr. Bollenbeck has earned the respect of both clients and his peers in the legal industry, leading to him earning a BV® Distinguished Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell® for his high ethical standards and professional ability.

Get legal representation from a skilled attorney

If you are experiencing a legal issues involving your family, estate or a serious criminal matter, call Richard E. Bollenbeck at Bollenbeck Fyfe, S.C. today at 920.944.2878 or contact us online to schedule an appointment. Our office is located on College Avenue, one block east from the Outagamie County Airport.

Practice areas

  • Estate Planning
  • Trusts
  • Criminal Law
  • Family Law
  • Traffic and Drunk Driving

Bar admissions

  • Wisconsin, 1984
  • U.S. District Court Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin, 1984
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims, 1985
  • U.S. Tax Court

Education

  • J.D., Seattle University, School of Law, 1983
  • LL.M., Boston University School of Law, Taxation, 1985

DR. HEATHER SCHLESSER

Dr. Heather Schlesser has served as the Dairy Agent for Marathon County since 2012. Heather’s programming has focused on dairy and beef reproduction, dairy calf and heifer raising, and farm profitability.

Marathon County has a strong dairy industry. Heather has worked to provide programming that is pertinent to the farmers within Marathon County. She has accomplished this by partnering with surrounding Agriculture Agents and Agriculture Agencies within the County.

Heather has served as the FARM Team Co-leader since 2014 and helps to develop the plan of work and budget for this team. Heather is also an active member of the UW-Extension Dairy and Livestock teams.

JOE HEIL

Joe started with a few acres of ginseng in the Edgar area.  Today, Heil Ginseng is one of the largest ginseng producers in the USA processing 150,000 pounds of their own roots each year plus another 100,000 pounds for other growers in the area.  With the legalization of hemp production in Wisconsin, Joe is working to expand his operation in that direction.

STEVE MAULBERGER

Steve is not your average, run of the mill presenter and strives to be a motivational speaker that educations and informs people on what is happening today and what to prepare for next.  He has expertise not limited to Agriculture but also includes global markets, insurance, lending, capital markets, energy, finance and leadership.  With over 37 years of vast experience that includes being the managing director for a multi-billion-dollar, Global Trading Company with operations in 62 countries. Today, he is part of an executive team that manages the crop insurance division of AIG by focusing on helping innovative Ag Producers manage risk and link up with the right partners to maximize profitability. He has lived in South America and EU and today resides in Central IL, with his wife.  They have 7 children and 3 grandkids.