My interest in family business comes naturally from personal experience. I grew up near Lubbock, Texas, on a cotton farm (in which I am still involved as a shareholder) and was involved in our privately owned cotton gin. After starting my career in Chicago at ConAgra Foods and McKinsey & Company, I returned to Texas in my late 20s to join the cotton gin business.
During those 10 years, I developed an understanding of the complexity of managing any small business, particularly one shared with family members. And through my daily interaction with 100+ farmer customers, I gained insight into what makes farmers successful. I understand the variety of skills needed to manage an ag operation, as well as the “softer” side of the equation in helping a family grow the enterprise as a team.
After selling the cotton gin, I’ve continued helping others build strong ag businesses as a consultant with family and closely held ag enterprises. My consulting work also includes designing ag investment projects in Africa for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. I previously served corporate agribusiness clients as part of The Context Network. This global perspective on the industry brings useful context to production ag operations.
I graduated from Texas A&M University in agricultural economics and received a Master’s Degree in ag econ and an MBA from the University of Illinois. I live near Berthoud, Colorado, on the Front Range with my husband and two kids.