Ray Defenbaugh graduated with honors from Southern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agriculture Education and an M.S. Degree in Agriculture Economics, with emphasis on Agricultural finance. His family has farmed continuously in the U.S. since 1710 and currently includes over 3,000 acres of grain and livestock production. His farm is also listed as one of the thousand “Best Managed Farms in the United States” by Farm Futures magazine, and in 2010 Prairie Farmer magazine awarded him the “Master Farmer” award. His employment has included work as a Farm Loan Officer, Trust Officer, and Farm Manager at The National Bank of Monmouth where he served on its Board of Directors. He presently serves as Chairman on the Board of Directors of the Midwest Bank of Western Illinois. He is a Founding Member, President, CEO, and Chairman of Big River Resources LLC, with ethanol plants in West Burlington, Iowa, Galva, Illinois and interest in a plant in Dyersville, Iowa. Mr. Defenbaugh serves as a member of the board of delegates to the U.S. Grains Council, is a member and director of The National Grain and Feed Association, and is a member of the Illinois Corn Growers Association. Mr. Defenbaugh is an international speaker and respected authority on agribusiness in the United States.
Dermot Hayes is the Pioneer Hi-Bred International Chair in Agribusiness, professor of economics, and professor of finance at Iowa State University. He is co-director of the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute at Iowa State. He has distinguished himself with many awards at the college and university levels for his work as a teacher and researcher. In 2006 he received a “Publication of Enduring Quality” award from the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association. AAEA named him a Fellow in 2007, its highest recognition for distinction in the discipline. Besides his analysis of U.S. farm policy and international agricultural trade, his other research interests include food safety, livestock modeling, demand analysis, and commodity markets. Since 1995 he has been a consulting trade economist for the National Pork Producers Association.
Mr. Laverack is currently the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Laverack Capital Partners, a private investment firm. Previously, Mr. Laverack was a Managing Partner of J.H. Whitney & Co., a Managing Director at Gleacher & Co., a Principal and original member of the private equity group at Morgan Stanley & Co., and an officer at Morgan Guaranty Trust Company. Mr. Laverack has served on the boards of directors of numerous private and public companies. Mr. Laverack currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Choate Rosemary Hall; the National Advisory Board of DukeEngage, Duke University’s undergraduate civic engagement program; the Parents’ Committee of the University of Virginia; and the Leadership Council of AmeriCares. He is a former long-standing Trustee and Board President of New Canaan Country School. Mr. Laverack holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and an A.B., cum laude, from Harvard College.
Mr. Henry is the CEO of Tiger Infrastructure Partners, an independent private equity firm focused on control investments in middle-market infrastructure assets and businesses in North America and Europe. Mr. Henry served in the U.S. Treasury Department as Assistant Secretary for Financial Institutions from 2005 to 2007. Mr. Henry served as key advisor to two Treasury Secretaries on a number of key initiatives. Prior to founding Tiger Infrastructure Partners he served as Global Head of Lehman Brothers private equity business focused on infrastructure. In addition, Mr. Henry has served on numerous for-profit and not-for-profit boards and is also a noted author on matters of public policy and speaker on a range of financial and regulatory issues. He holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.A. in Economics from Yale University.
Mr. Ubrig is a Brazilian citizen and experienced international executive with expertise in a number of industries including large-scale agribusiness and renewable energy production. He spent a total of 27 years with DuPont in various roles and is currently the CEO of Terasol Energy. During his 27 years at DuPont, Mr. Ubrig held a number of leadership positions within the company, including President of DuPont South America (1996-2003) and President of DuPont South Asia (2004-2005). In addition, Mr. Ubrig became the first Brazilian citizen to hold the position of CFO for DuPont’s South American operations. He also serves on the boards of several for-profit and nonprofit organizations in Brazil.