Our Leaders: Visionary and Grounded in Reality

NuWay Cooperative is controlled by a board of 10 member-elected directors that makes policy decisions, approves major expenditures of capital and hires a CEO/general manager to guide the company’s day-to-day operations. Chosen for their vision, these directors realize the harsh realities of the agricultural industry.

Meet our current directors.

Board of Directors

Cory Andersen

Cory grew up in rural Welcome and graduated from Martin County West High School.


He farms with his father Tom and brother Kellen in their family corn, soybean and custom farming operation.


Cory was elected to the board in 2007.

Director, Welcome
Years served: 10

Dan Bebernes

Dan graduated from Welcome High School and the University of Minnesota, St Paul campus, with degrees in Ag Education and Agronomy.

He began his own farming operation in 1978 while teaching in Jackson and Sherburn, and gradually took over his father’s farming operation.

Chairman, Fairmont
Years served: 27

Dennis Carlson

Dennis is a 1970 graduate of Butterfield-Odin High School.


He began his farming career in 1968 with his two brothers.  Today Dennis, his wife, Virginia, and son Chad farm together.  They raise corn and soybeans.

Director, Odin
Years served: 31

Mark Flohrs

Mark Flohrs was born and raised on the family farm east of Ormsby.


He started to farm as soon as he graduated from high school. With his brother Craig, he grows corn, custom farms for the neighbors, hauls manure and contract finishes hogs.

Director, St. James
Years served: 22

Jeff Mayo

Jeff graduated from Martin County West High School and later from the University of Minnesota – St. Paul with a degree in Agriculture and Applied Economics.

He came home to farm with his dad, Curt, in 1993. Today, the father and son farm corn and beans, and Jeff raises nursery and finishing pigs for KBQ.


Director, Sherburn
Years served: 7

Randy Nelson

Randy, a Sherburn native, holds an AAS Degree in Ag Business from the University of Minnesota.  After college Randy started farming with his father, Roger.


Randy and his father have been in partnership raising corn and soybeans in the Sherburn area since 1990.

Director, Sherburn
Years served: 9

Jerrod Simmons

Jerrod is a 1993 graduate of Jackson High School.


Jerrod has been farming with his dad since 1992.  They raise corn and soybeans.  Jerrod has also been custom feeding hogs for New Fashion Pork since 2003.

Director, Alpha
Years served: 8

Brian Steen

Brian grew up in Jackson, graduating from Jackson High School. He attended Jackson Technical College earning a two-year Farm Management Degree.


Brian and his wife Leeann have a corn and soybean farming operation plus a custom hog finishing operation.  The couple farms in both Jackson and Martin counties, assisted by two full-time employees.

Director, Sherburn
Years served: 9

Ben Truesdell

Ben began his farming career in 2003 after obtaining a bachelor’s degree in General Agriculture from South Dakota State University.  To help advance his agribusiness skills, Ben completed The Executive Program for Agricultural Producers course; a two year program administered by Texas A&M University.


Ben farms with his dad and brother. Together they’re working toward a farm that is sustainable for generations to come.

Director, Sherburn
Years served: 12