Apex Award Winner 2011 - Ken McCorkle

Ken McCorkle photoKen McCorkle is Executive Vice President in charge of the Agricultural Industries Group for Wells Fargo Bank, the nation’s largest agricultural lender among commercial banks.  Ken has been with Wells Fargo for 24 years, interrupted in 1996-97, when he served as President of Early California Foods.  Early California was an international olive processing and brand marketing company with production operations in Seville, Spain and Visalia, California. 

After working briefly in the French wine industry (1973, Cotes du Rhone), and serving as an officer in the Army’s Quartermaster Corp, Ken served as Vice President/General Manager of Sierra Wine from 1979 to 1985.  At that time, SWC was the largest bulk winery in California with production facilities in Tulare, Delano, and McFarland, California. 

A graduate of the University of California at Davis with B.S. and M.S. degrees in Food Science and Technology, Ken received his MBA from Harvard Business School in 1976 where he subsequently worked under Professor Ray Goldberg, Moffet Professor of Agriculture and Business.  Ken is also a graduate of the California Agricultural Leadership Program. 

Current and recent activities include: University of California President’s Council on Agriculture and Natural Resources, Chairman of UC Davis Dean’s Advisory Council for the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, officer of  UC Davis Food Science and Technology Leadership Board, and Chairman of the Finance Committee, Kapalua Golf Villas in Maui.  He has also served as director of the California Pepper Commission, California Plant Health Association, Precision Farming Enterprises, and Cal Aggie Alumni Association.  

In addition, Ken is co-founder, director, case writer, and instructor for the California Agribusiness Executive Seminar co-sponsored by Wells Fargo and University of California – Davis; the Northwest Agribusiness Executive Seminar co-sponsored by Wells Fargo, Washington State, and Oregon State Universities; and the Midwestern Agribusiness Executive Seminar co-sponsored by Wells Fargo and Purdue University.

With Wells Fargo, Ken has hired, trained, and positioned a corps of 37 agribusiness consultants throughout the US.  These consultants evaluate the strategic positioning and risk profile of the Bank’s customers and prospects to assure the Bank is financing the industry’s top performers.

Ken and his wife Connie reside in Chicago, Illinois.


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