Rick began his career with Innovative Ag Services in February 1995. He has a total of 37 years of experience in the Ag Business field. As Chief Executive Officer, Rick oversees all activities of Innovative Ag Services.
Throughout the years, Rick has held several positions within the industry. He started his career at Mid-Iowa Coop as a Location Manager and Director of Planning and Development. Rick moved onto the Avon Grain Company where he served as Controller and CEO. He then progressed his career to become an Assistant Manager at Heartland Coop before he joined Prairie Land Cooperative as the General Manager.
Rick holds a BS degree in Ag Business from Iowa State University. He has served and continues to serve on the board of directors for multiple organizations including Agricultural Cooperative Employment Services and Associated Benefits Corporation.
Brenda began her career with Innovative Ag Services in December 2008 and has a total of 27 years of experience in Accounting. Brenda is responsible for the financial operations, including audit, tax, treasury and information technology. She also oversees the risk management policies and insurance procurement.
Prior to joining the company, Brenda was Chief Financial Officer for Cottingham & Butler, Inc., an insurance brokerage and health, property, and casualty insurance third party administrator. Previously, she held a series of increasingly responsible positions at Barnstead International. Her final position with Barnstead International was as Vice President of Finance and Business Development.
Brenda holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from the University of Northern Iowa and is a certified public accountant.
Charlie began his career with Innovative Ag Services in September of 2021 and has a total of 11 years of experience in the Grain business. Charlie is responsible for grain marketing, hedging, procurement, risk management and profitability for the Grain Business Unit.
Prior to joining the company, Charlie worked for Heartland Co-op in Location Manager roles at Malcom, and Fairfield, a 110 car BNSF grain shuttle loader in southeast Iowa, and most recently as a Grain Merchandiser role in West Des Moines. Merchandising markets that included BNSF corn, soybeans, milo, and HRW and freight, UP corn, Mid-Mississippi barge freight, and the Hereford, TX cattle and dairy whole corn markets.
Charlie graduated from Iowa State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Business with a minor in Agronomy.
Tim began his career with Innovative Ag Services in October 2002 and has a total of 20 years of experience in the Agronomy business. Tim’s responsibilities include the procurement of fertilizer, chemical and seed as well as the oversight of the Precision Ag Department and P&L responsibilities for the agronomy department.
Tim has held various positions of increasing responsibility in the industry including seed specialist, seed manager and most recently agronomy department manager.
Tim received his Ag Business Degree from Iowa State University.
Mike began his career with Innovative Ag Services in 2008 as part of the merger with United Cooperative and has over 29 years of experience in the cooperative system. Mike is responsible for sales & P&L management of the feed department. He manages his team to add value to the products and services sold to our member customers.
Mike started his career as a feed truck driver for Luana Cooperative in 1992. Soon thereafter Luana Cooperative merged with Monona Cooperative forming United Cooperative where Mike assumed several duties in the feed, grain, and agronomy departments. In 2000 mike was named the Feed Department Manager for United Cooperative and was responsible for the overall operations of 3 feed mills. In 2008 United Cooperative merged with Innovative Ag Services where Mike became Location Manager for the Cascade location. Mike has been in his current role for Innovative Ag Services as Feed Ingredient Manager/Hopkinton Location Manager/Cuba City Regional Manager since 2011.
Previous Mike served 4 years in the United States Navy stationed onboard the USS New Jersey in Long Beach, California. Mike also has a BS in Business Management from Upper Iowa University.
Randy began his career with Innovative Ag Services in April 1993 and has a total of 32 years of experience in the Energy business. Randy is responsible for the marketing, procurement, risk management and P&L of all petroleum and service products. Other responsibilities include, dispatching of transport loads, managing all service personnel, overseeing delivery routes and managing inventory.
Prior to joining IAS, Randy managed his family’s Osceola, IA cattle and grain farm. He then became a service technician and LP delivery man for Thermogas Companies where he developed his career to Location Manager. In 1993, Randy was hired by a representative of the Hubbard Farmers’ Cooperative to start a propane business. That business continues to thrive today under Innovative Ag Services.
Randy graduated from Radcliffe Community School.
Brian began his career with Innovative Ag Services in November 1993 and has a total of 29 years of experience in Ag Business. Brian is responsible for the operations and facilities at our thirty-five locations, as well as overseeing all new project construction.
He began his career with the company as a custom applicator where he later moved into an entry level management position before becoming the Location Manager at Farley. He left the company for a few years to operate a dairy farm with his family, but returned as the Location Manager of Monticello. He continued to increase his responsibilities as he became Regional Operations Manager and then Vice President of Operations.
Brian received his Agriculture Business Degree from Kirkwood Community College where he continues to serve on their Ag Advisory Board.
Carla began her career with Innovative Ag Services in April 2012 and has a total of 23 years of experience in Human Resources. Carla is responsible for recruitment, workers compensation, benefits administration, employee labor relations, HR legal compliance, marketing communications, payroll, and training & development.
Prior to joining the company, Carla has served in positions with increasing responsibility in a variety of industries. She has worked for companies such as Parker Hannifin Corporation Fluid Connectors Division as a HR Administrator, Hupp Electric Motors, Inc. as HR Manager and prior to coming on board with IAS she was serving in the role of Director of Human Resources for J&P Cycles, Inc. a worldwide supplier of aftermarket motorcycle parts.
Carla attended Kirkwood Community College prior to graduating Summa Cum Laude with a BS in Human Resource Management from Kaplan University. She also has her MBA from the University of Dubuque. She currently serves as Board Chair for the Cooperative Health Care Plan.
Kevin began his career with IAS in April 1997. Kevin has a total of 29 years of experience in the lumber business. Kevin oversees the operations of the lumber division that supplies general contractors and do it yourselfers.
Prior to joining IAS, Kevin worked for area farmers, Green Products in Conrad, Buckeye Coop, and Wolf Creek Distributors, Inc. in Eldora. Kevin spent his time at Wolf Creek Distributors Inc. working his way up to the position of manager of the woodworking production shop and was involved with distribution sales.
Kevin graduated from Wellsburg Community School. IAS is proud to have Kevin Babcock on our team.