LEAWOOD, KANSAS, U.S. — Mark Beemer has joined Agspring as chief executive officer (CEO). Beemer has more than 28 years of grain and agriculture processing industry experience, and has served as a senior adviser to the company since early fall.
Beemer most recently was CEO of Aventine Renewable Energy. Earlier, he spent 13 years at Archer Daniels Midland Co. (ADM), where he held various key management roles, including strategic planning, operations and corporate transportation. Prior to ADM he was with Louis Dreyfus Corp, moving to ADM through the company’s 1993 joint venture, where he managed the corn and soybean merchandising operations.
Beemer started his career in commodity trading at the Chicago Board of Trade.
In the Kansas City, Missouri, U.S., community, Beemer serves as a member of the National Agricultural Center and Hall of Fame board of directors.
“I am glad to have Mark join Agspring and believe he brings the right combination of leadership and industry experience to grow the business,” said Nandit Gandhi, chairman of the board for Agspring.
Gandhi, a managing director with American Infrastructure MLP Funds, has served as interim CEO since late July. He took over for former CEO Randal Linville, who along with Brad Clark, president and chief operating officer, left the company on July 22.
“I look forward to working with the excellent team at Agspring, collaborating with our agricultural producers, providing top-tier service to our customers and aligned partners, leveraging our supply chains, and growing the Agspring portfolio of companies,” Beemer said.
Agspring was founded in 2012 in partnership with NGP Global Agribusiness Partners (NGP), an affiliate of NGP Energy Capital Management, with the goal of building the market leader in the agricultural midstream sector. The company last December successfully completed a management-led recapitalization in partnership with the American Infrastructure MLP Funds (AIM) and major institutional investors. The recapitalization enables Agspring to continue expanding by offering mid-sized agricultural logistics or processing firms a new avenue for growth and long-term viability, the company said.