The longevity of NuWay’s employee group exceeds similar businesses. Several have worked here over 20 years—some for over 30.

 

Administrators

Anne Bedford

Native of: Sherburn

Previously: I worked as Office Manager at Hawkins Chevrolet.

My Personal Goal: To use my knowledge to build our HR and safety division so employees achieve their goals and go home safe. To build on the NuWay brand: Diversified, Innovative and Exceptional Value.

Human Resources, Safety and Compliance
Years served: 12

Bonnie Watson

Native of: St. James

Previously: Assistant City Clerk for City of St. James.

My Personal Goal: To learn more about agriculture while working in a positive setting and being employed by a successful cooperative.

Receptionist
Years served: 2

Emily Boelke

Native of: Forman, North Dakota

Previously: I worked at a bank in Fargo, ND[MC2]  as a Teller and then as a Loan Assistant. I began working at Pioneer Bank in St. James in 2003 as Loan Assistant, Consumer Lender, Real Estate Lender and finally as a Commercial Lender.

My NuWay Start: April 1 2014 as Sales/Business Support Administrator.

My Personal Goal: To continue helping NuWay grow and be successful, and to help the businesses and growers we supply succeed as well.

Credit Manager
Years served: 3

Emily Fast

Native of: Butterfield

Previously: I was employed as teller with St. James Federal Bank, which is owned by Wells Fargo.

My Personal Goal: To help NuWay grow by furthering my knowledge in the fuel and ag industries, and to assist our customers to the best of my ability.

Accounting Services
Years served: 2

Jane Anderson

Native of: Trimont

Previously: I worked for Mayo Health Services.

My Personal Goal: To offer exceptional value to NuWay members by maintaining relationships and providing quality account services.

Accounting Services
Years served: 6

Jim Paulson

Native of: Sleepy Eye

Previously: I worked for 34 years in ag banking.

My Personal Goal: To expand NuWay’s crop insurance department.

AgQuest Crop Insurance
Years served: 3

Kevin Jones

Native of: St. James

Previously: I have worked for NuWay since graduating from college.

My NuWay Start: 1995. I’ve held several positions in Operations, Sales and Administration.

My Personal Goal: To keep NuWay financially sound and viable while making sure we provide the best-in-class service and value to our owners.

CEO
Years served: 22

Krissy Heifner

Native of: Dunnell

Previously: I came to NuWay right out of college.

Accounting Services
Years served: 16

Mark Beltz

Native of: Bagley

Previously: Elementary School Teacher at St. James from 1994-1995 and 1999-2013. Project Manager for Firepond in Mankato from 1996-1999. Terminal Manager of the United Suppliers fertilizer plant at Welcome from 2013 to 2015.

My Personal Goal: To help NuWay employees with the technology tools they need to do their jobs easily and efficiently.

Data Analyst/IT Administrator
Years served: 2

Tyler Olson

Native of: Ormsby

Previously: I worked as a farm laborer through high school and at CHS’s soybean crushing plant in Mankato for two years after college.

My NuWay Start: 2007 as Credit Manager and as CFO since 2011.

My Personal Goal: To keep NuWay’s brand a positive reflection of our community and members. To keep NuWay stable, strong and headed in our current positive direction for many years to come. To grow the company through new programs and diverse ideas that set NuWay apart from its competition.

CFO
Years served: 10

Sales

Callie Austin

Native of: Granada

Previously: I worked at the Fairmont Area Chamber of Commerce for 11 years as Receptionist, Marketer, Event Planner and Social Media Specialist.

My Personal Goal: To find new and creative ways to market our company and the products we sell.

Sales/Business Support Administrator
Years served: 2

Dan Knips

Native of: Lakefield

Previously: I worked at Internships with local co-ops and WinField.

My Personal Goal: To support local producers by giving them tools to succeed and be profitable.

Account Manager
Years served: 3

Dan Schley

Native of: Alpha

Previously: I started in March 1980 with Dunnell Co-op, after graduating from Minnesota Valley Technical Institute.

My NuWay Start: In 1980 when Dunnell and two other co-ops formed NuWay Cooperative. I have worked as the Agronomy Plant Manager in NuWay’s Dunnell, Sherburn and Welcome locations before moving to Trimont office as an Account Manager.

My Personal Goal: To provide our patrons with agronomic products and information that helps make their operations successful and profitable.

Acct Manager-Crop Nutrient Products Specialist
Years served: 37

Haley Ammann

Certified Energy Specialist
Years served: 1

Jeff Crissinger

Native of: Sherburn

Previously:  I have worked for NuWay Cooperative my entire career.

My NuWay Start: 1996 as Fertilizer and Pesticide Applicator at our Sherburn location. Over the years I’ve served as Assistant Location Manager in Sherburn and as Site Specific Coordinator.

My Personal Goal: To Find innovative, practical and sustainable ways to help our member-owners remain profitable in their operations and businesses.

Sales & Marketing Director/Account Manager
Years served: 21

John Sandmeyer

Native of: St. James

Previously: I worked four years for Minnowa Construction, building and repairing bridges.

My NuWay Start: 1999 as an Applicator in Operations. I later worked as Operations Manager/Dispatch.

My Personal Goal: I want to form great relationships with the NuWay staff and growers I work with.

 

Acct Manager-Crop Protection Products Specialist
Years served: 18

Matt Bezdicek

Native of: Jackson

Previously: After earning a degree in agronomy and ag business from South Dakota State University, I interned with NuWay Cooperative and WinField in the summer of 2008, transitioning to Answer Plot® Trainee in the summer of 2009.

My Personal Goal: To put the growers I work with in the best position to succeed.

Account Manager
Years served: 8

Morgan Williamson

Native of: Sherburn

Previously: I attended school at the University of Minnesota where I obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Agricultural and Food Business Management.  I also interned for Land O’Lakes within their finance division and interned with NuWay over the summer of 2016.

Personal Goal: My goal with NuWay is to expand my agronomic and sales related knowledge, to get to know the coop system and our growers, and to be a strong, positive, and effective employee to help prepare myself for other roles within the agronomy industry and within NuWay.

 

Account Manager
Years served: 1

Nathan Vrieze

Native of: Trimont

Previously: I worked as an ag educator for 10 years at the post-secondary level. For five years I owned and operated the Trimont Greenhouse, as well as farmed for eight years.

My NuWay Start: As an applicator in operations.  I ran a sprayer, applied anhydrous, delivered propane amongst other tasks.

My Personal Goal:  To suggest and educate about the products and services NuWay provides to help our patrons be successful and profitable.

Account Manager
Years served: 3

Neil Chaffee

Native of: Granada

Previously:  U.S. Army Combat Engineer: two years in Korea and one year at Ft. Carson, Colorado. Cropmate Applicator: two years at Imogene, Iowa.

My NuWay Start: 1991 as Applicator and Propane Delivery.

My Personal Goal: I would like to bring NuWay’s excellent service to new customers.

Account Manager
Years served: 26

Riley Schwieger

Certified Energy Specialist
Years served: 1

Rock Reker

Native of: Adrian

Previously: 1982-1984 Floater Operator with Amoco Oil Co, Adrian; 1984-1991 Retail Manager with Cropmate Company, Sherburn.

My NuWay Start: 1991 as Retail Location Manager. Since then, I’ve served NuWay as Sales Division Manager and Seed Division Manager.

My Personal Goal: To help our customers become profitable and successful while providing the best possible products and services.

Business Development Director
Years served: 26

Operations

Becky Mulso

Native of: Sherburn

Previously: I worked in retail management for 25 years in the Twin Cities metro area and outstate.

My Personal Goal: To help NuWay in its daily operations—specifically to maintain propane tank info and maintenance to be its best.

Operations Employee
Years served: 5

Brady Anderson

Operations Employee
Years served: 4

Chris Kellam

Native of: I was a Navy brat. My family lived in Japan, California, Washington and Montana.

Previously: After college and an enlistment in the U.S. Army, I worked as a Job Site Supervisor for MidStates Mechanical and as Plant Manager for Continental Carbonic Products, Inc.

My Personal Goal:  Provide great service to NuWay customers and keep them safe.

Operations Employee
Years served: 3

Clay Linscheid

Native of: Butterfield

Previously: I worked for eight years with Hempeck Construction.

Operations Employee
Years served: 4

Connor O'Sell

Operations Employee
Years served: 1

Corey Blazejak

Native of: Fairmont

Previously: I worked for B&B Gas Piping Plus, 2007-2014.

My Personal Goal: To keep all patrons safe when using propane.

Operations Employee
Years served: 3

Dan Krumwiede

Native of: Trimont

Previously: I worked for Rohman Trucking of Trimont for 10 years and for BFI for two years.

My NuWay Start: Early 1980s. I left briefly and returned in 1997. I’ve worked the last 19 years with NuWay.

My Personal Goal: To keep my driving record clean and be safe.

Operations Employee
Years served: 20

Dan Schmidtke

Native of: Fairmont

Previously: I worked 30 years in the beverage business for Northland Beverage and Pepsi.

My Personal Goal: To help NuWay grow and become more efficient as a company.

Operations Employee
Years served: 9

David Anderson

Native of: St. James

Previously: I worked for WFS (now CFS) right out of college.

Operations Employee
Years served: 10

Dean Kutnink

Native of: Fairmont

Previously: I worked as Tire Service Technician, Mechanic and Trucker.

Operations Employee
Years served: 4

Jack Zoback

Operations Employee
Years served: 1

Jake Oldenburg

Native of: St. James

Previously: St. James Country Club and Quality Appliance and TV in Mankato.

My NuWay Start: 2004 as Operations Staff and later as Operations Supervisor.

My Personal Goal: To provide excellent customer service with quality employees through service, delivery and timely application.

Operations Manager
Years served: 13

Jay Striemer

Operations Employee
Years served: 13

Joe Veigel

Operations Employee
Years served: 5

John Becker

Native of: Dunnell and Sherburn

Previously: I worked for Schwiess, Inc., and FCA.

Operations Employee
Years served: 16

John Speckman

Native of: Welcome

Previously: Rosen Livestock and Crop Builders.

Operations Employee
Years served: 23

Joshua Friesner

Operations Employee
Years served: 1

Kristian Melson

Native of: Trimont

Previously: I worked on the farm for my dad and uncle.

Operations Employee
Years served: 2

Lance Waldee

Operations Employee
Years served: 1

Nathan Hodnefield

Operations Employee
Years served: 1

Nathaniel Adkins

Operations Employee
Years served: 1

Ryan Schmidt

Native of: St. James

Previously: I worked commercial and residential construction for eight years.

Operations Employee
Years served: 6

Steven Tindell

Native of: Shullsburg, Wis.

Previously: I served eight years in the U.S. Army, and I worked construction before starting at NuWay.

My Personal Goal: To learn all I can while employed with NuWay. To be able to do any job at NuWay when needed.

Operations Employee
Years served: 7

Tom Claussen

Native of: Sherburn

Previously: I started at Cominco American in 1975. Cominco was sold to Kaiser Steck, then Vigoro, then Cenex and then to NuWay in 1975.

My Personal Goal: To do the best job I can for the customers and for NuWay Cooperative.

Operations Employee
Years served: 18

Tom Zender

Native of: St. James

Previously: Handyman Hardware in St. Cloud; Johnson OK Hardware in St. James; Cenex LP Gas Plant in St. James.

My Personal Goal: To do the best job I can for NuWay.

Operations Employee
Years served: 38

Troy Droegemueller

Native of: Fairmont

Previously: Farmed and worked on a local hog farm.

Operations Employee
Years served: 16

FarmRX

Chase Crawford

Native of: Sherburn

Previously: I’ve farmed since 2002. I participated in Operation Iraqi Freedom from 2005-2007.

My Personal Goal: To keep FarmRX a useful resource for NuWay and its customers.

GIS Specialist
Years served: 8

Kevin Anderson

Native of: South Shore, South Dakota

Previously: I earned a geography degree from Mankato State University. I worked for an independent crop consulting group and a precision ag software company as their Midwest Account Manager.

My NuWay Start: I started in 2001 with FarmRX, a brand of NuWay Cooperative. I’ve been manager/lead specialist since 2009.

My Personal Goal: To keep NuWay and its owners ahead of the curve with precision ag data, while using technology and data to make the company more efficient.

GIS Lead Specialist
Years served: 14

Tyler Brolsma

Native of: Sherburn

Previously: I did landscaping work at the Sherburn Nursery during college and interned with WFS (now CFS) for two summers.

My NuWay Start: In 2010 as a Soil Sample Crew Leader with FarmRX.

My Personal Goal: To grow the database program and continue helping farmers make decisions with the data.

GIS Specialist
Years served: 7