Meet some of the speakers of the 2022 ARA Conference & Expo!

Here you can read about their background and experiences that they will bring to the audience. 

Full Name
Drew Van Winkle
Company
StoneX Financial Inc.
Speaker Bio
Drew Van Winkle works in Risk Management for StoneX Financial Inc in Bowling Green, Ohio. Before working at StoneX, Drew worked in Agronomy for a cooperative in North Central Iowa. Now, his primary responsibility is to develop price risk management plans for companies that have exposure in the commodities, specifically in the fertilizer market. While not at work, Drew enjoys spending time with his family and being outdoors
Drew Van Winkle
Peter Zeihan
Full Name
Peter Zeihan
Company
Zeihan on Geopolitics
Speaker Bio
Peter Zeihan is a geopolitical strategist, which is a fancy way of saying he helps people understand how the world works. Peter combines an expert understanding of demography, economics, energy, politics, technology, and security to help clients best prepare for an uncertain future.

Over the course of his career, Peter has worked for the US State Department in Australia, the DC think tank community, and helped develop the analytical models for Stratfor, one of the world’s premier private intelligence companies. Peter founded his own firm — Zeihan on Geopolitics — in 2012 in order to provide a select group of clients with direct, custom analytical products. Today those clients represent a vast array of sectors including energy majors, financial institutions, business associations, agricultural interests, universities and the U.S. military.

With a keen eye toward what will drive tomorrow’s headlines, his irreverent approach transforms topics that are normally dense and heavy into accessible, relevant takeaways for audiences of all types.

Peter is a critically-acclaimed author whose first two books — The Accidental Superpower and The Absent Superpower — have been recommended by Mitt Romney, Fareed Zakaria and Ian Bremmer. His latest third title, Disunited Nations: The Scramble for Power in an Ungoverned World became available in March 2020.

Peter’s fourth book, The End of the World is Just the Beginning: Mapping the Collapse of Globalization, became available in June 2022.
Full Name
Ken Zuckerberg
Job Title
Agribusiness Analyst
Company
CoBank
Speaker Bio
Kenneth Scott Zuckerberg is an accomplished financial strategist that serves as the lead analyst for grains, farm supply, and biofuels within CoBank’s Knowledge Exchange.

Ken brings more than 30 years of diverse experience spanning industry research, equity and capital structure analysis, and investment management. Before joining CoBank in 2019, he served in similar capacities at two other major agricultural lenders, Wells Fargo and Rabobank. Prior to that, Ken was the managing partner of Carlan Advisors, LLC, an independent research and consulting firm he founded in 2003. Earlier in his career, Ken was a senior equity analyst with several leading investment firms including Lazard Asset Management, Smith Barney and Keefe Bruyette and Woods.

Ken earned his bachelors of science in finance from the University of South Florida and is a graduate of Wharton’s General Management Program (GMP). He is currently pursuing a Master in Law degree from the University of Pennsylvania’s Carey Law School. Ken is also an Accredited Investment Fiduciary® (AIF®).
Ken Zuckerberg
Jeffrey Troike
Full Name
Jeffrey Troike
Job Title
President & CEO
Company
Ceres Solutions Cooperative
Speaker Bio
Jeff Troike has worked in production agriculture and agribusiness since the early 1980s. He was raised in rural Starke County, graduated from North Judson High School, and attended Purdue University. Jeff brings four decades of experience to his management role, as well as a great understanding for what it takes to be successful in agriculture. He also leads with a passion to give back to the communities in which Ceres Solutions serves. Ceres Solutions Cooperative is 100% farmer-owned. The company is a leading supplier of agronomy inputs, seed, technology, information, power fuels, lubes, propane gas, animal nutrition and more. In 2016, Jeff was honored to be among the 2016 recipients of the Purdue University College of Agriculture's Distinguished Agriculture Alumni Award, which recognizes alumni who have made significant contributions to their profession or society.
Full Name
Daren Coppock
Job Title
President & CEO
Company
Agricultural Retailers Asssociation
Speaker Bio
Daren Coppock is the President & Chief Executive Officer of the Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA), a position he has held since November of 2009. He leads ARA’s staff to advocate, educate, influence and provide services to America’s agricultural retailers. These companies work with farmers to support their production of crops through agronomy, fertility, crop protection, precision technology, seed and related services.

Prior to joining ARA he was the Chief Executive Officer of the National Association of Wheat Growers and worked in two grain grower organizations in his home state of Oregon. A graduate of Oregon State University, he and his wife live in Falls Church, Virginia, where they have raised three children. He volunteers as Treasurer for the Falls Church City Band Boosters and is a former volunteer youth basketball coach, former member of the Agriculture Future of America Board of Directors, and was recognized in 2004 as a Brother of the Century in the Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity.
Daren Coppock
Jim Horsley
Full Name
Jim Horsley
Speaker Bio
Jim’s professional career includes 200 missions as a highly decorated Navy combat pilot in Vietnam and over 150 airshows as a demonstration pilot with the world-famous Blue Angels.

Upon completion of his military service, he entered commercial real estate development and ran his own company for five years. Jim then spent nine years in major gift fundraising and senior leadership in a worldwide humanitarian organization, and led 12 major donor vision trips to Africa, Latin America, and Southeast Asia, including two visits to North Vietnam. He spent five years with a Boeing flight simulator training company as a B-737/B-777 flight simulator instructor in addition to leading the development of a new overseas simulator-training program for pilots from China and India.

Prior to his retirement, Jim spent seven years with Pro Athletes Outreach as Chief Operating Officer directing the strategic expansion of a conference-based ministry program for high school coaches and spouses around the country.

Over the past 25 years he has spoken to businesses, non-profit organizations, veterans’ groups, prayer breakfasts, and sports and business chapels; in 1998 he wrote “A Different Kind of Courage”, released nationally through Word Publishing.

Jim is an emerging oil painter, active in his local church and is involved in the leadership of two weekly men’s Bible study fellowship groups. He and his wife Sonya attended Oregon State, and currently live in Sisters, Oregon. They have two grown children and four grandchildren, both families residing in California.