your voice counts hereDirector Candidate Profile – Race 1
4-Year Term

Mark Wulfkuhle

Mark Wulfkuhle
Berryton, KS

Birth Year: 1963

Business Experience: Cow-calf and stocker-feedlot operation; farming operation raising corn, soybeans, wheat, alfalfa,
grass hay, and custom application of liquid and dry fertilizers and chemicals

Association Business Relationships with Family Members: Brenna Wulfkuhle, my spouse, Wulfkuhle Family Trust, Rocking H Ranch, Inc., a family farming operation with my spouse and M&B Applicating, L.C., a custom fertilizer and chemical application company with my spouse

Education: Kansas State University (KSU) Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science and Business, Graduate of Management, Analysis and Strategic Thinking (MAST), Farm Credit System Premier Governance Series (PGS) Certified Director, National Rural Electric Cooperative Leadership Certificate, Kansas Commercial Pesticide License Ag 1A Certificate and a Beef Quality Assurance Certificate

Current Boards: FreeState Rural Electric Co-op Board Vice Chairman and Governance Committee Chairman; Shawnee Heights High School Band Booster Board and Stull United Methodist Church Staff Pastor Parish Relations Team Chairman and Administrative Team Member

Candidate Description of Business Knowledge and/or Education:

Strategic Planning/Direction: Visioning and strategic planning have always been a passion and one of my favorite parts of serving on a board. While participating in the MAST course at KSU we learned the importance of a long-range vision for any thriving business. It taught me how to set a strategic goal and then how to accomplish it.

Corporate Governance: Chairing the governance committee on the Rural Electrification Association Board during an alliance/consolidation gave me a better understanding of how important corporate governance is to any business going through a transition or rapid growth. Having previously served on the Association’s governance committee and going through PGS training, I feel better prepared for this task.

Financial Reporting: As the past chairman of the Association’s audit and risk management committees, we met with the PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and the Farm Credit Administration auditors at least annually. These meetings helped me to understand the importance of timely and accurate financial reporting. I also work almost daily with the finances and recordkeeping for our cattle, grain and application businesses.

Business Technology: Our farm has been innovative in adopting technology. We have used variable rate technology since it became available. Our applicators, and equipment all use GPS technology. We use smart phones, tablets and desktop computers to do our marketing, track data and keep abreast of timely marketing and social media information. All farm business accounting, recordkeeping and billing is done using various computer applications.

Risk Management: As the past chairman of the Association’s audit and risk management committees, I have participated on risk management discussions as well as the methods used to keep the Association financially sound. We use many tools such as futures, forward contracts, options and experienced financial experts in both our cattle and grain enterprises.

Talent Management: I served on the Association’s human capital committee where we oversaw compensation programs, benefits and short-term and long-term incentives. I also provide oversight for our full- and part-time employees that are involved in both our farming and custom application enterprises.

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