LEE BORCK: Lee Borck is the Chairman of Innovative Livestock Services, Inc. and Chairman of the Beef Marketing Group Cooperative. Lee is a founding shareholder of American State Bank of Great Bend, Kansas and serves as Chairman. He is the past President of Cattle-Fax and of the Kansas Livestock Association, and has also served as a board member of the Cattlemen’s Beef Board and the National Cattlemen’s Beef Board. Lee was Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Kansas State University Foundation. He was also Chairman of the Executive Committee and the Investment Committee at Kansas State University. In 1995 he was named an Alumni Fellow in the Kansas State College of Agriculture. Lee holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture Economics from Kansas State. In 2011 Lee was named to Ingram’s “50 Kansans You Should Know” and was elected into the “Cattle Feeders Hall of Fame”. A native of Blue Rapids, Kansas, Lee has one daughter and enjoys all sporting events at KSU.
ROBERT KINTON: Robert Kinton is a Board Member and shareholder in Innovative Livestock Services, Inc. Mr. Kinton is an attorney in Trenton, Tennessee and has been associated with ILS or its subsidiary, Ward Feed Yard, for the past 30 years. He has two sons, Corey and Will.
KENNY KNIGHT: Kenny Knight, Board Member and shareholder at Innovative Livestock Services, Inc. Mr. Knight was the founder of Knight Farms in 1968 and Knight Feedlot in 1972 with his brother Don. Currently, He is the President of Knight Farms, Knight Feedlot, Bar K Bar Trucking and part owner of Barton County Feeders. Mr. Knight is a founding member and Director of Kansas Ethanol near Lyons, KS., Past President of Kansas Livestock Association and the 2010 LMIC Stockman of the Year. He serves as a Board Member for the American State Bank, the Rice County Foundation and the Kansas State University Foundation Board of Trustees. A native of Ellinwood, Kansas, Kenny and his wife Tamara have 7 children, 14 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. In his leisure time, Kenny enjoys woodworking.
RICK BALL: Rick Ball, Board Member and shareholder at Innovative Livestock Services, Inc. Mr. Ball has 35 years of experience working as a practicing CPA dealing with multiple business ventures. He has served in various management roles in partially or wholly owned business ventures over the past 25 years. Mr. Ball received his B.S. in Accounting from San Diego State University and was recognized in 2008 as the SBA Financial Service Champion of the Year. A native of Hoxie, KS, Rick and his wife Lois have 2 children and enjoy numerous outdoor sporting activities.
JON SKELTON: Jon Skelton, Chief Financial Officer, Board Member and shareholder at Innovative Livestock Services, Inc. and has complete financial and accounting responsibility for all ILS investments. Mr. Skelton worked as a CPA for 5 years prior to joining Ward Feed Yard, which later became part of ILS. He received his Bachelor of Business Accounting degree from Washburn University and currently holds a Series III Commodity Broker License. A native of Larned, KS, Jon and his wife Karren have 3 children and are very involved in local, community, school and church activities.
JOHN PAUL PENDERGRASS: John Paul Pendergrass, Board Member and shareholder at Innovative Livestock Services, Inc. Mr. Pendergrass is a 6th generation co-owner of Pendergrass Cattle Company, Inc. in Charleston, Arkansas. The Pendergrass Cattle Company was the 2008 recipient of the National Stocker Award presented by Beef Magazine. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Arkansas. A native of Charleston, AR, John and his wife Catherine have 2 children and enjoy playing golf and actively following Razorback sports.
J.D. Friess: Jerry (JD) Friess is a Board Member and a Shareholder at Innovative Livestock Services, Inc. Mr. Friess began his career in 1974 in Neodesha, KS with a cow/calf and farming operation. Friess Family Farms LLC has grown over the past 38 years with the help of his son, Steve, who joined the operation 17 years ago. JD started feeding cattle in 1996 and along with his working knowledge of professional cattle feeding; he brings a well-rounded understanding of modern farm and ranch management principles. He is a native of Conway Springs KS. JD and his wife, Linda, have three children and seven grandchildren. His hobbies are his livestock, playing blackjack, traveling, attending grandchildren’s activities, watching K-State and KU sports, and watching old western.
JERRY KUCKELMAN: Jerry Kuckelman is a Board Member and shareholder at Innovative Livestock Services, Inc. He is the ILS COO with corporate responsibility for all ILS operational activities in Kansas and Nebraska. Mr. Kuckelman began his professional career as a cattle buyer for IBP (now Tyson). His working knowledge of cattle quickly transitioned into a rewarding 26-year career in Feed Yard Management where He distinguished himself as one of the premier Managers in the Industry. A native of Baileyville, KS, Jerry and his wife Linda have 3 daughters and enjoy playing golf and attending Kansas State University sporting events.
NORBERT SCHNEIDER: Norbert Schneider, Vice President of Administration and shareholder at Innovative Livestock Services, Inc. with corporate responsibility for Human Resources, Information Technology, Process Development and Communications. Prior to joining ILS, Mr. Schneider held executive management positions at Sara Lee Corporation and CPAC Corporation and brings 35 years of experience in Strategic Planning. He is the past President of the Fuller Brush Company and past General Manager of Doerr Metal Products, Inc. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Administration from Wichita State University. A native of the Great Bend , KS area, Norbert and his wife Terry have 4 children and enjoy working weekends on their family farm.
BRANDON DEPENBUSCH: Brandon Depenbusch is the Executive Director for Advanced Livestock Technology and shareholder at Innovative Livestock Services, Inc. Mr. Depenbusch received his Bachelor, Master and Doctorate degree from Kansas State University in Animal Sciences and Industry. While in college, he was the Manager of the Research Feedlot at KSU. He is a featured speaker and has published over 75 manuscripts, abstracts and Progress Reports explaining advanced cattle feeding nutrition. Mr. Depenbusch is a Member of the American Society of Animal Science. A native of Kingman, KS, Brandon and his wife Andrea have 2 children and enjoy a wide variety of sporting activities.
STAN MYERS: Stan Myers, Vice President of Risk Management and a shareholder at Innovative Livestock Services, Inc. Mr. Myers has over thirty years of Commodity Trading and Risk Management experience, including twenty-five years with Bartlett Cattle Company, Kansas City, Missouri. Mr. Myers received a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science and Masters of Science degree in Agricultural Economics from Kansas State University. A native of Marysville, Kansas, Stan and his wife Jill have two daughters who are also graduates of Kansas State University. Stan and Jill enjoy fishing in their leisure time.
DANA HAUCK: Mr. Hauck is a Board Member and shareholder of Innovative Livestock Services, Inc. and has been in ownership and management of a diversified farming, cattle backgrounding and grazing operation located in north central Kansas since graduating with a B.S. in Agriculture from Kansas State University in 1971. He is a past president of the Kansas Livestock Association and serves on the Board of Directors of the State Bank of Delphos. Mr. Hauck has been active in several cattle and beef industry organizations with a particular interest in trade and international marketing involving areas of both policy and promotion. He has served as past chairman of the International Marketing Committee for NCBA, co-chairman of the U. S. - Mexico Cross Border Working Group as well as the executive committees of both the Cattlemen’s Beef Board and the U. S. Meat Export Federation. He previously was on the Advisory Committee for Trade in Animals and Animal Products at USDA in Washington, D. C. during the Bush administration. Dana and his wife Marcia have two daughters and four grandchildren which they enjoy as well as flying their private plane, the beach, spending time in Manhattan, and all things Kansas State.