UWGP Board of Directors
United Wisconsin Grain Producers (UWGP) was born from a concern for the farm family. Cal, Kevin and other area producers were discussing their frustration with spending all their time on the road hauling corn to the river—losing family time and missing important events in their children’s lives as a result. Was there something they could do to change that?
It turned out there was. Since production began here in 2005, area farmers have enjoyed a more convenient destination for their grain, more family time and a better bottom line. Our plant purchases and processes 20 million bushels of corn annually from farmers in our region. That corn is converted to ethanol, corn oil, distillers grain and A+ProYeast. Those value-added, renewable products have returned more than $143 million to UWGP members.
Our Board of Directors is comprised of area ag producers, businessmen and investors who work closely with our management team to provide guidance and oversight to UWGP. We have a nine-member board, with each board member elected by our members to a three-year term.
Carl T. Benck/Director – Mr. Benck as served as director on the Board since the inception of the Company. He previously served as the Company’s Chairman and President from 2012 until May 2015. For the past five years, Mr. Benck has operated a 1,700 acre corn, soybean and wheat farm.
Calvin L. Dalton/President – Mr. Dalton has served as a director on the Board since the inception of the Company. He is currently serving as President. Prior to this, he served as Vice President of the Company. For the past five years, Mr. Dalton has operated a 1,800 acre corn, soybean, wheat and hay farm and a 200-head cow/calf operation. Mr. Dalton is a past President of the Wisconsin Corn Promotion Board. He is also a past national director of NCGA, and is a past member of the NCGA National Ethanol Committee.
Jerry H. Franz/Director – Mr. Franz has served as a director on the Board since the inception of the Company. He currently operates Franz Family Farms, Inc., which operates a 300 acre corn and soybean farm. Past affiliations were, local School Board, State Ag. Board and Officer in State and National Corn Growers Association.
Thomas J. Hanley/Director – Mr. Hanley has served as a director on the Board since 2007. He has served as the Company’s Secretary and Vice President in the past. Mr. Hanley has served as past President and General Manager of Hanley Company, Inc., Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. Presently, Mr. Hanley is a partner in a self-storage business in Southern Wisconsin.
William R. Herrmann/Director – Mr. Herrmann has been a director on our Board since the inception of the Company. He previously served as the Company’s Chairman and President from June 2006 until May 2009. He also served as Vice Chairman and Vice President from August 2002 until June 2006. Mr. Herrmann operates a 1,600 acre crop farming enterprise in partnership with his son Jon in the Columbus area.
Robert J. Miller/Secretary – Mr. Miller currently serves as Secretary of the Company. Prior to this, he has served as a director on our Board since the inception of the Company. He previously served as the Company’s Chairman and President from 2009 until June 2012. He also served as Treasurer from the Company’s inception until December 2004. Effective as of December 16, 2004, the position of Treasurer was eliminated and the duties and responsibilities of the Treasurer were re-assigned to the office of Chief Financial Officer. For the past five years, Mr. Miller has operated a 3,600 acre farming enterprise.
Larry D. Rather/Director – Mr. Rather, an original investor in UWGP, is a retired business executive with expertise in farming, building and planning. Mr. Rather helped to start and is part owner of RCL Cutters, a company that makes pizza cutters. He also runs a home business, Rather Repair, doing machining and fabricating work. For the past 17 years he has been working part time for a local 3,600 acre grain farming operation driving truck, operating machinery and working as a general handyman.
Kevin M. Roche/Director – Mr. Roche is serving as a director on our Board since the inception of the Company. He is currently serving as a director. Prior to this, he served as the Company’s Chairman and President of the Company. Mr. Roche operates a 3,600 acre corn, soybean and wheat farm operation in partnership with two of his brothers. They also operate a 1,300 head cattle feedlot and composting operation.
Berwyn G. Westra/Vice President – Mr. Westra has served as director on the Board since the inception of the Company. He is currently serving as Vice President. Prior to this, he has served as the Company’s Secretary. Mr. Westra is retired from the firm of O’Connor, Wells and Vander Werff, CPA’s LLC, which he founded in 1977.