Since 1976,

Hedlin Ag Enterprises has specialized in retained executive search for agribusinesses and agricultural associations throughout the United States. Why has it endured since founded by Larry Hedlin? It’s our philosophy and dedication to strive to be the best, not the biggest.

About Us

Drury22012-199x300Kevin Drury

Kevin is the Owner and President of Hedlin Ag Enterprises where he is responsible for conducting all aspects of senior level searches for ag companies and associations since 2001.

Prior to entering the executive search business, Kevin spent thirteen years in the crop protection industry and five years in the information technology consulting industry. During his time with Dow Chemical and DowElanco (now DowAgroSciences) in the agricultural chemical business, Kevin held roles in sales, marketing communications, marketing program development and administration, as well as new product development in Iowa, Michigan, Indiana, and Minnesota. Prior to purchasing Hedlin Ag Enterprises, Kevin spent five years with Analysts International, a technology consulting company based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. During this time, Kevin had staff management and branch management responsibilities for the company’s office in Des Moines, Iowa.

Kevin is a 1983 graduate of Iowa State University with a BS in Ag Business. In addition, he received his MBA from Drake University in 1998. Kevin has been active in the Iowa State University Alumni Association where he has served on the Board of Directors and is a past Board Chair. He is a member of Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity and is a past board member and president for the Alumni Corporation and Educational Foundation of Eta chapter of Iowa State University. He currently serves on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee for the Agribusiness Association of Iowa.

A native of Holstein, Iowa where he grew up on a grain and livestock farm, Kevin resides in Ankeny, Iowa with his wife, Jeanne.

Mike Maranell-smallMike Maranell

Mike was born and raised in Sanborn, Iowa where he graduated from Sanborn High School.  Mike received his Bachelors of Arts Degree from Buena Vista College where he majored in Management Systems and Personnel.  He is also a graduate of the Philip Crosby Quality College and, the University of Missouri’s, Graduate Institute of Cooperative Leadership.  Mike completed U.S. Army Officer Candidate School (OCS) and is a Vietnam veteran.  Additionally, he has earned the distinction of Distinguished Toastmaster from Toastmasters International.

Upon discharge from the military in 1971 Mike began what was to become a 21-year career in transportation. In January of 1972 he began working for Dan Dugan Transport in Sioux Falls, SD.  Dugan Transport.  Dugan Transport was a common carrier of specialized products such as gasoline, diesel fuel, anhydrous ammonia, dry and liquid fertilizers, cement, asphalt, grain and grain products. In 1973 Mike was promoted to Terminal Manager for their Sioux City, Iowa truck terminal.

In 1977 Mike joined Land O’ Lakes, Inc as transportation manager for their soybean processing division headquartered in Sheldon, Iowa.  In 1983, Land O’ Lakes, Farmland Industries and Boone Valley Cooperative joint ventured their soybean processing assets to form Ag Processing Inc (AGP). Mike served as VP of Truck Transportation for Ag Processing Inc (AGP) from 1983 until 1993 when he was promoted to Senior Vice President of Corporate & Member Relations. A position he held until his retirement in January of 2013.

Maranell  has served on several committees and board of directors.  He is Past Chairman of the Board  for Wright & Willhelmy Corporation, a hardware distributor, Countrywide Grain LLC, located in Pleasant Hill, IA;  Floyd Valley Grain LLC, located in Hinton, IA; and Maple River Grain and Agronomy, located in Cassleton, ND, and the Agribusiness Association of Iowa headquartered in Des Moines, IA.

Mike and his wife, Pat, live in Papillion, Nebraska.  They have three grown daughters and 5 growing grand children.

 

Laura BlommeLaura Blomme
Laura was born and raised on her family’s grain farm in Southern Illinois.  She graduated from Truman State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration where she also played women’s college basketball.  She later graduated from The University of Iowa with a Master’s in Business Administration. 
 
Laura is passionate about the agricultural industry and the people that work in it.  Prior to joining Hedlin Ag Enterprises, Laura served in various sales, marketing, communications and training roles in the seed and equipment industries.  She most recently worked for DuPont Pioneer, first as the Commercial Unit Digital Sales Lead for Encirca Services and then as a Territory Sales Manager for Pioneer Seed.  Prior to that she was the Director of Marketing for Balzer Inc., an equipment manufacturer in Mountain Lake, Minnesota where she was responsible for all facets of marketing and communications.  Before joining Balzer, Laura held roles in sales, training management and marketing at Kinze Manufacturing based in Williamsburg, Iowa.  She also served as the Media Spokesperson for the company.
 
Laura and her husband reside in Victor, Iowa with their three daughters.