IAOM elects new leadership

by Susan Reidy
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LENEXA, KANSAS, U.S. – Officers who will lead the International Association of Operative Millers (IAOM) for the next year were elected during the association’s annual conference and expo in New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.

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Stephen Doyle, vice-president of King Milling Co.

Stephen Doyle, vice-president of King Milling Co., was named the 113th president while Jeff Hole, director of milling at Grain Craft, was elected vice-president. He is in line to serve as president in 2018-19. David Jansen, plant manager at Siemer Milling Co., was elected treasurer, and is in line to serve as president in 2019-20.

Doyle, who has been active member of the IAOM since 1987, said the theme for his presidency is “Education is the key.” He stressed the importance of the development and training of a new generation of millers to replace the anticipated 50% of the workforce that will retire within the next decade.

He served on the IAOM board of directors from 1997-2002, representing the Wolverine District. He also served on the district’s executive committee for two terms. Doyle is the third member of his family and fourth employee from King Milling to be elected to the IAOM executive committee: his father, Roland M. Doyle, served as president from 1978-79; his brother, Jim, was president from 2005-06; and superintendent and head miller Oscar J. Nelson served as president from 1954-55.

Doyle is a native of Lowell, Michigan, U.S. He received a bachelor’s degree in milling science at Kansas State University, in Manhattan, Kansas, U.S. Following graduation, he returned to Lowell to work at his family’s mill, King Milling Co., where he has worked for 30 years. In the past decade, he has been an integral part of two major expansion and modernization projects at King Milling Co. Doyle is a past president and member of the Michigan State Millers Association. He also serves as chairman of the Lowell Historic District Commission, and is past president of the Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce, Lowell Lions Club, and Lowell Area Historical Museum.

Hole, an active member of the IAOM since 1994, will be responsible for overseeing preparations for the association’s 2018 conference in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.

While serving as IAOM vice-president, he also will be president of the International Milling Education Foundation (IMEF), a philanthropic partner of the IAOM that funds a variety of educational programs related to the grain milling industry. Hole has served as the Central District Chairperson and on the IAOM board of directors from 2006-12, representing the Central District. He has been on the Employee Relations Committee since 2011.

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Jeff Hole, director of milling at Grain Craft.

Hole is a native of Wichita, Kansas, U.S. He received a bachelor’s degree in milling science and a master’s degree in agribusiness at Kansas State University. Following graduation in 1994, he joined Cereal Food Processors, Inc., and has held positions of head miller, milling superintendent, plant manager, and director of plant administration while working at the company’s U.S. facilities in Portland, Oregon, Salt Lake City, Utah, Kansas City, Kansas, and Overland Park, Kansas. In 1997, Hole served as milling superintendent at Grain Millers, Inc. in St. Ansgar, Iowa, U.S., for one year. Since the acquisition and formation of Grain Craft in 2014, he has held the position of director of milling.

Jansen, who has been an active member of the IAOM since 1995, will be responsible for overseeing preparations for the association’s 2018 and 2019 conferences in Atlanta, Georgia, and Denver, Colorado, respectively.

While serving as IAOM treasurer, he also will be vice-president of the IMEF. Jansen was the Ohio Valley District director from 2010-16, and served as the District’s Chairperson from 2006-09. He was a District officer from 2005-06.

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David Jansen, plant manager at Siemer Milling Co.

Jansen is a native of Effingham, Illinois, U.S. He has an associate’s degree in electronic engineering technology from Lake Land College in Mattoon, Illinois, U.S. He is a 2016 graduate of the Illinois Agricultural Leadership Program, and received a certificate in 1996 from Kansas State University and IAOM for the Advanced Operative Millers Short Course. Jansen has been with Siemer Milling Co. since 1994, when he started in the maintenance department upon graduation. He became packing and loading supervisor in 1995, the assistant production manager in 2001 and production manager in 2006. He has been the plant manager since 2008.

Jansen is a past-president of the Teutopolis Fire Protection District, and has been a volunteer firefighter in the district since 2006.

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