CAB Hosts CASE IH Subcommittee Meeting
The Center for Food and Agricultural Business hosted seven highly successful Case IH dealership owners and seven members of the company’s senior leadership December 12-14 at Purdue’s Discovery Learning Center. The group, a learning and development subcommittee of Case IH’s advisory board, selected Purdue to host its annual meeting.
This fall, center faculty and staff members Mike Gunderson, April Sauer, Lee Stanish and David Widmar conducted an educational needs assessment by visiting eight Case dealerships across the United States and Canada to better understand the dealer's operations and approach to management education. The assessment team, along with Liza Braunlich, the center’s distance education specialist, presented their findings at the meeting. Mike Gunderson also moderated a panel on insights in agriculture that included faculty members Brent Gloy speaking on the status of the U.S. agriculture economy and DC politics; Nicole Widmar covering the topic of changing consumer preferences and strategies; and Frank Dooley focusing on the future of undergraduate talent and information analytics for agriculture.
Jay Akridge, Glenn W. Sample Dean of the College of Agriculture, and Ken Foster, head of the Department of Agricultural Economics, welcomed the group to Purdue. Dave Downey, executive director of the center, and Mike Boehlje, distinguished professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics, also met with the group. Purdue College of Agriculture undergraduates Abbey Amos, Jake Bohlander, Morgan Dawson, Sephora Hibbler, Amanda Downey, Katie Hensler, Alice Kelley, Emmy Kratz, Kayla Peas, Justin Schroeder, Eric Wagner and Erin Whittaker also joined the group for networking sessions. Abbey Moorman, event manager at the center, worked diligently to ensure the dealership owners had the best Purdue experience possible.
The center is looking forward to further strengthening its relationship with Case in the future through a custom program developed to help Case IH dealerships expand their management capabilities.