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2023 Board of Directors Elections - New At Large Seat

January 26, 2023


By: Elizabeth Butcher, Marketing Communications Specialist

Are you a member of Superior Ag? Do you or someone you know have a passion for advocating on behalf of Superior Ag in our trade area and within the cooperative system?  

If you answered “yes” to any of the above questions, keep reading! Superior Ag has made a change to their Bylaws, which allows for the addition of a new At Large Seat! This change takes the total board size to nine with even distribution to each district and opening the at large seat to any member, regardless of district. 

With elections approaching soon, now is the time to join the race! This year, there are three board seats up for election in Superior Ag’s designated voting districts, described in Exhibit 1. An election method specified below outlines the process to becoming a Superior Ag Board Member. All terms will begin on April 18, 2023 and will run for three years. Two incumbent members have expressed interest in seeking re-election in 2023, as shown below.  
 
          District                  Incumbent
          3                            Adrian Stunkel (Haubstadt, IN)
          4                            Dale Downey (Boonville, IN)
          At Large                Open – no incumbent
 
Nomination Process
Any individual who would like to seek election to the board will need to complete a Director Disclosure Form. You may request a form by calling 812-683-2809 ext. 1116 or emailing Barry Day at bday@superiorag.com. Prospective board candidates must submit the required form to Superior Ag no later than Feb. 15, 2023 by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

The completed forms from qualified candidates will be provided to Superior Ag’s Nominating Committee. The Nominating Committee will review the qualifications of prospective candidates and determine which candidate(s) to interview. Following the interview process, the Nominating Committee will recommend qualified candidates to be placed on the ballot. Ballots will be sent to voting stockholders in mid-March 2023.

Director Eligibility and Qualifications
Governance is very important at Superior Ag, and we look forward to our members’ interest and active participation in this process. Qualified candidates may seek election to a position in the voting region in which the candidate has his/her primary residence, as determined under state law, on December 31, 2022. In addition, qualified candidates must not have reached age 72 on or prior to April 18, 2023. Exhibit 2 contains additional information about the desired director qualifications.

In particular, please strive to identify and encourage well-qualified individuals to seek nomination who will contribute to the board’s human equity, diversity, and inclusion objectives. The Superior Ag board and the Nominating Committee believe the nomination process would benefit from the participation of candidates of all eligible ages, genders, and ethnicities, and/or candidates with a broad variety of experiences thought their careers.

Additional Information
If you have any questions, or if you are interested in learning more about the Superior Ag board, please contact Barry Day at bday@superiorag.com or at 812-683-2809 ext. 1116, or visit our website at www.superiorag.com
 
Exhibit 1 – Voting Districts and Directors
Exhibit 2 – Director Qualifications
Exhibit 1
Voting Districts and Directors
 
 
Voting Districts
 
  
District Incumbent Term Expires
District 1
(Dubois & Pike)
Pat Messmer
Scott Balsmeyer
2025
2024
District 2
(Spencer & Perry)
Scott Mullis
Mike Cochenour
2025
2024
District 3
(Gibson)
Adrian Stunkel
Ed Horrall
2023
2024
District 4
(Warrick & Vanderburgh)
Dale Downey
Joe Steinkamp
2023
2025
At Large
(Open to any member)
Open Seat 2026
 
  
Exhibit 2
Director Qualifications
 
In addition to being a good-standing member of the cooperative, a U.S. citizen, live in one of the designated districts, patronize the cooperative, and be under the age of 72, the following are qualifications to be a member of the board of directors for Superior Ag:
  1. An understanding of, and appreciation for, cooperative principles;
  2. A well-balanced understanding of, and demonstrated support for, Superior Ag, its mission, business, and member-customers;
  3. An ability to maintain a broad perspective, willingness and flexibility to represent all member-customers and business segments served by Superior Ag and not just the district from which elected;
  4. Demonstrated leadership skills through current or past board and/or business experience;
  5. An ability to think and act critically, strategically and decisively;
  6. An ability to support, as well as challenge, and hold management accountable;
  7. A willingness to contribute and speak out in the event of board deliberations;
  8. A commitment to protect the confidentiality of board deliberations from any disclosure to members, customers, employees and third parties;
  9. A commitment to supporting board decisions with stockholders and third parties;
  10. A willingness to be a passionate and proactive advocate for Superior Ag in our trade area and within the cooperative system, as well as with external industry groups and policy makers critical to Superior Ag’s interests;
  11. A willingness to devote the time necessary to understand and stay current on subjects, issues and events impacting Superior Ag for informed decision making;
  12. Through words and actions and by means of temperament, demeanor, and character, the ability to represent and promote the best interests of Superior Ag and its members;
  13. A commitment to complying with applicable regulatory requirements, guidelines and supervisory direction, and orders in the conduct of the director’s duties;
  14. A commitment to the full performance of fiduciary duties, including an unequivocal willingness to comply with Superior Ag’s Standards of Conduct, Code of Ethics, and confidentiality requirements; and
  15. Familiarity with financial matters and/or willingness to learn about the operation of a complex, farmer-owned cooperative.
 
 
Posted: 1/26/2023 10:22:45 PM by Elizabeth Butcher | with 0 comments
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