2019 Speakers

Steve Laughlin Steve Laughlin - Vice President & General Manager Global Consumer Industry IBM

As the Vice President and General Manager of Global Consumer Industry at IBM, he provides worldwide leadership, defines strategic direction and oversees sales and delivery of all IBM business and technology solutions into the retail, consumer products and wholesale distribution industries.




Ken Ferrie

Ken Ferrie, Farm Journal Field Agronomist 

As Farm Journal Field Agronomist, Ken Ferrie oversees the field trials in the Farm Journal Test Plots program, applying his extensive, cutting-edge knowledge and systems approach to farming. Ken is one of the nation’s few completely independent agronomists, operating his own agronomic consulting business—Crop-Tech Consulting (CTC)—in central Illinois.

A graduate of Illinois State University and a native of northeast Iowa, Ken has previous experience as a floater operator, crop scout, co-op manager, company agronomist and maintenance manager over three elevators.