INFORMA ANNOUNCES STAFF PROMOTIONS
Jan. 11, 2013
Source: Informa Economics news release
Informa Economics, Inc. Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer Bruce Scherr and Informa Economics President and Chief Operating Officer Tom Scott recently announced several staff promotions within the company.
Informa Economics Senior Vice President Don Frahm will take on the added role of Chief Economist. Frahm has been with Informa since 1980. His primary responsibilities are long-term forecasting/planning and client service. Additionally, he coordinates across commodities the consistency of Informa's Crop Group market analyses.
Prior to joining the company, Frahm worked with two grain merchandising and brokerage companies and as a senior economist with the American Soybean Association. Earlier, he held positions at the University of Nebraska and Purdue University. He received his bachelor's degree at The Ohio State University and his master's and doctorate degrees from Purdue University, all in agricultural economics.
Informa Economics Vice President Don Riffe will take on the added role of Director of Crops Economic Research. With the company since 2000, Riffe oversees Informa Economics' fundamental supply/demand and market research activities related to the major crops.
Prior to working in this capacity, he was responsible for Informa's wheat and rice research from 2007 to 2012 and the manager of Informa's farm-level consulting business, Producer Services, from 2000 to 2006. Before joining Informa, Riffe was owner of Agri-Business Specialties, LLC, an agricultural consulting firm that published the Cottonseed Digest.
Prior to that work, he was a market analyst for nine years at Land O'Lakes, Fort Dodge, Iowa, where he provided economic and agricultural market analyses and trading advice as well as managed hedging operations and developed and implemented futures and options risk management programs.
Riffe also has held positions as senior agricultural economist for the agricultural chemicals group of W.R. Grace & Company, Memphis, was an agricultural economist with the Farm Credit Banks of Omaha, and was an economist for the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. He received his bachelor's and master's degrees in agricultural economics from Oklahoma State University.
Bill McCary was named Director of World Acreage and Production. McCary has 30 years of experience working in Informa's acreage and production division. His responsibilities include analyzing acreage and yield prospects for the world.
McCary primarily is responsible for maintaining and analyzing the company's monthly/weekly acreage and production crop surveys and issuing Informa's monthly world crop production estimates. McCary also is Informa's seasoned crop evaluator, having conducted field crop surveys in the Americas as well as Europe. He received his bachelor's degree from Mississippi State University.
Mickey Luth was promoted to Director of Commodity Price Analysis. He is a member of Informa's Crops Group, contributing to Informa's grains and oilseeds research and analysis, including contributing to various Informa-based websites. Prior to coming to Informa, Luth spent 10 years as the director of research for LaiFa Group, an introducing broker in Lisle, Ill., where his work focused on grains and oilseeds research as well as development of a leading producer hedge program.
Prior to this work, Luth spent four years as a grains analyst for Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner and Smith, and six years as an analyst covering corn, wheat and the soy complex at Shearson-Lehman Brothers, both in Chicago, Ill. Luth also has traveled to Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay.
Luth received his bachelor's degree at the University of Wisconsin and his master's at the University of Illinois, both in agricultural economics, with his master's degree specializing in futures marketing and price analysis.
Nate Donnay was promoted to Director of Dairy Services. Based in Informa Economics' Eagan, Minnesota, office, Donnay is primarily responsible for fundamental research, analysis and forecasting in the global and domestic dairy markets.
In addition to conducting dairy sector analysis, Donnay works with Informa's dairy sector clients in developing purchasing and pricing strategies for dairy products as well as consulting on long-term strategic planning, policy analysis and dairy-related projects. With the company since 2005, Donnay received his bachelor's degree in economics from Winona State University and his master's degree in applied economics from Saint Cloud State University in Minnesota.
Mark Jordan was promoted to Director of Poultry and Egg Services. With Informa since 2007, Jordan heads up research of the broiler, turkey, and egg industries in addition to supporting research efforts associated with special projects involving livestock and poultry.
Jordan developed and operates Informa's economic forecasting models for each of the three major poultry species to support analytic efforts to meet client needs. Prior to joining Informa, Jordan was an agricultural statistician in the Pennsylvania field office of USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service where his duties included survey administration and setting commodity estimates at the state and county level. While there, he also developed an understanding of how national level estimates are produced.
The experience he gathered as a statistician as well as his familiarity with government data has proven vital in supporting Informa's own analytic efforts and providing timely answers to requests from Informa's client base. He was raised on a small cow-calf and contract broiler operation in rural Arkansas and he remains partially involved with the family's farm operation. He received his bachelor's degree in agribusiness from Arkansas State University in Jonesboro and his master's in agricultural economics from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.