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.



The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations and strategic leadership of the Missouri Corn Merchandising Council (MCMC) and Missouri Corn Growers Association (MCGA), working in cooperation with and as a liaison between the Board of Directors, staff, and stakeholders. The CEO develops objectives and tactics of the organizations in line with annual approved budgets and provides staff with the leadership, vision, and direction needed to carry out the mission of both corn organizations. 

This position requires work in public relations, program management, personnel administration, and fiscal management. The coordination of these activities is subject to the general direction of the Board of Directors. The employee should exhibit a high level of integrity, confidence, and ability to carry out the functions of this position. 

Under the general direction and in accordance with the policies developed by the Boards of Directors, the responsibilities of the CEO are as follows:


To be successful in this role, an individual must be able to perform in a satisfactory manner, the functions listed below:

  • Demonstrated ability in strategic and innovative thought process and proven ability to execute vision at a high level.
  • Lead the development and implementation of strategic plans with oversight of the Board of Directors.
  • Keep a constant view of the entire spectrum of the U.S. corn industry and world economy and formulate recommendations and plans for new areas of activity, new contacts, methods, agriculture technology, or approaches consistent with the philosophy and strategic plan of the Boards of Directors.
  • Proven ability to select, manage, mentor, motivate, and empower staff.
  • Provide leadership and support training opportunities for Board and staff.
  • Support executive leadership of other organizations in Missouri to build support for program activities.
  • Provide oversight to MCMC in accordance with Missouri state statute, bylaws, and policies.
  • Provide leadership and seek collaboration with other state corn organizations.
  • Guide MCGA policy development while working with the National Corn Growers Association and other organizations.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively meet, work, and negotiate with farmers and farm groups, trade associations, and business and government executives/representatives.
  • Experience and familiarity with agriculture and agricultural issues, policies, and ability to relate to farmers on those issues.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively to individuals and groups through public speaking and strong writing skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide oversight and manage organizations within financial budget parameters.
  • Represent Missouri Corn at appropriate official functions.
  • Other functions as directed by the Board of Directors. 


To perform this job successfully, an individual should have an equivalent of the following education and/or experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher education preferred, but not mandatory.  
  • Substantial experience in organization or association work in agriculture or a field closely related to agriculture.
  • Ten or more years of experience and working knowledge directly related to duties and responsibilities.


The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The company will make reasonable accommodations to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these functions.

  • Knowledge of corn checkoff program and commitment to organizations’ bylaws.
  • Strong understanding of the agricultural industry, issues, and leadership.
  • Understanding of county, state, and federal legislative rulemaking process.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills with the ability to produce effective communications materials.
  • Ability to converse with diverse audiences and passionate advocate on industry and agriculture issues.
  • Proven ability to build consensus and trust.
  • Strong analytical, interpretive, evaluative, and constructive thinking skills.
  • Adaptability to changing priorities and organizational needs.
  • Strong project management skills and ability to effectively manage multiple projects and escalating priorities.
  • Professional demeanor with the ability to display sound judgment and diplomacy in dealing with target audiences, farmers, and employees.
  • Creative, energetic, and forward-thinking with high ethical standards.
  • Ability to explain financial data in general terms.
  • Ability to maintain a high degree of confidentiality.
  • Advanced computer skills (Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel). Aptitude for learning new applications as needed.


The environment and physical demands described here are representative of those an individual must meet to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. The company will make reasonable accommodations to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these functions.

  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, deadline-oriented office environment.
  • This position requires considerable concentration and creativity. It is subject to stress caused by a changing environment, tight deadlines, and workload.
  • Extensive travel within Missouri, overnight out-of-state and international travel required, sometimes on short notice.
  • Travel and other work-related assignments can include evenings and weekends and hours over standard 40-hour work week schedule.
  • Must be able to sit for long periods of time, stand, crouch, stoop, reach and move up and down stairs.
  • Must be able to lift up to 25 lbs.


Jefferson City, Missouri

Interested candidates can confidentially submit cover letter and resume to Laura Blomme at 515.444.7342 or