BLOOMINGTON, ILLINOIS, US — Jim Spradlin, GROWMARK’s chief executive officer since September 2014, announced to the GROWMARK board of directors on June 10 his intent to retire effective Feb. 28, 2022.

“Jim has served the GROWMARK System with excellence since 1982,” said John Reifsteck, chairman of GROWMARK. “His leadership as CEO has been transformational, and he will leave a legacy of innovation in digital technology, leadership development, succession planning, and the establishment of an enterprise-wide strategy that is yielding increased customer satisfaction and financial success.”

Spradlin joined the FS/GROWMARK System as an accounting trainee at Schuyler-Brown FS. He has held many leadership roles over his career, including as the general manager of Piatt County Service Co. and Ag-Land FS, positions on GROWMARK’s regional staff, and as vice president for GROWMARK’s Agronomy and Energy business units.

Reifsteck noted that the GROWMARK board has initiated a search process for Spradlin’s replacement.

“Ideally, a new CEO will be named in the fall and benefit from working alongside Jim into early 2022,” he said.

Retirement celebration arrangements to honor Spradlin’s career will be planned and communicated later.