Grand President’s Award

2020 Grand President's Award Winners

In February 2020, four extraordinary brothers were selected to receive the 2019 Alpha Gamma Rho Grand President's Award. Chosen by a selection committee, the Grand President's Award is given to outstanding Fraternity alumni, age 40 or younger, who have achieved remarkable success in their professional careers and made great contributions to agriculture and Alpha Gamma Rho. The award demonstrates an honorable acknowledgment of the recipient's exceptional brotherhood, leadership, professionalism and knowledge of his industry.

Eric Peterson
Eric Peterson

Eric Peterson, Iowa State

Eric Peterson is President of Summit Agricultural Group, a diverse farming, agricultural investment and farm management company based in Alden, Iowa. In his role as President, Eric is responsible for management of the group’s farm operations, agricultural investment funds and farm management services. He rose up in the company since starting as a Business Analyst in 2007, progressing to General Manager in 2008 and promoted to President in 2010.

In addition to his work at Summit, Eric still finds time to give back to his alma mater. He serves on the Advisory Board of the Iowa State College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. From 2011 to 2017, he served on the nine-member governor-appointed board of the Iowa Finance Authority, the state’s housing and finance agency.

Eric graduated from Iowa State University in 2017 with a Bachelor of Science in Ag Business with a minor in Entrepreneurial Studies. He was a 2003 initiate of the Eta Chapter and served as IT Chair his sophomore year and Philanthropy Chair his junior and senior years. While accepting his award in St. Louis, Brother Peterson reflected on the values his brother instilled in him as he worked on projects with the chapter. Values like hard work and determination were brought forth in him as he worked with brothers to accomplish tasks in a different mindset than what was previously done.

Eric has remained involved with the chapter since graduating, having served on the Eta Alumni Corporation Board from 2008-2011, as well as the Eta 100 Year Anniversary Celebration Committee member and on the Eta 2017 Expansion Committee and Capital Campaign Committee.

Eric was raised on his family’s farm near Fargo, North Dakota and today lives in Roland, Iowa with his wife, Michaela, and their two children.

Josh Roe

Josh Roe, Kansas State

Josh Roe is a native of northcentral Kansas where he was raised on a family crop and cattle operation that he plays an active role in managing today. Josh represents the seventh generation in his family to own and operate the farm. He is also a co-founder of Roots and Legacies consulting

He was an active FFA member in high school serving as a chapter and district officer. In 1999 Brother Roe was initiated into the Alpha Zeta Chapter of Alpha Gamma Rho and later served as Vice Noble Ruler of Finance during his time as an undergraduate. He graduated in 2003 and holds a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Agricultural Economics from Kansas State University and Iowa State University, respectively. 

Currently, Josh serves as the Vice President for Market Development and Public Policy for Kansas Corn. He previously worked for the Kansas Department of Agriculture as Deputy Secretary of Agriculture. His specialties include economic impact modeling, agricultural finance and taxation, farm management and bio-fuel economics.

Josh has served the Alpha Zeta Chapter as Adviser since 2004 and thoroughly enjoys staying involved with the chapter. 

Aaron Lower
Aaron Lower

Dr. Aaron Lower, Illinois

Dr. Aaron Lower completed his bachelor’s degree in animal sciences from the University of Illinois and D.V.M. from the University of Illinois- College of Veterinary Medicine in 2009. Within the swine industry, he has been recognized as an emerging leader. He was awarded the Young Swine Veterinarian of the Year Award in 2014 and the Outstanding Young Alumni at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in 2018.

During his time at the University of Illinois, Brother Lower was initiated into the Alpha Chapter in 2001 and later served his chapter as the Vice Noble Ruler of Planning and as Noble Ruler in 2004. As an alumnus, he has served as an Adviser to the Alpha Chapter from 2011 to 2018 and on the Fund Advisory Committee.

Dr. Lower is the President of Carthage Veterinary Service, Ltd (CVS) and is based in Champaign, Illinois. Ten of CVS’s 14 veterinarians provide consultations to independent swine producers and production systems throughout the United States, the Americas and Asia. The practice has an active research division, Carthage Innovative Swine Solutions (CISS) which has published findings from health and nutrition trials that implemented throughout the industry today.

Brady Sidwell

Brady Sidwell, Oklahoma State

In 2000, Brady Sidwell was initiated into the Pi Chapter at Oklahoma State University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Economics with a focus on International Marketing. As a Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholar to China, Brady obtained a Master of Economics degree from the University of Hong Kong.

Brother Sidwell is the Founder and President of Sidwell Strategies, Enterprise Grain Company, Enterprise Grain Malt, Sidwell Solutions, Sidwell Seed, 81 Feed and Seed, Sidwell Transport, Arbitrage αlpha Solutions and co-founder of Enid Brewing Company.  He is also a Limited Partner and member of the Advisory Board of Germin8 Ventures, a Food Tech Venture Capital firm based out of Chicago, and a founding partner of Ninja Ag, LLC, a precision agriculture technology business that creates variable-rate nutrient applications from corrected NDVI imagery.  Mr. Sidwell was recently appointed to the Board of Directors of the Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank, Oklahoma City Branch. 

Prior to becoming an entrepreneurial business owner and commodity broker, Brady worked in a variety of capacities across the globe advancing agribusiness and global markets.

Brady resides in Goltry, Oklahoma with his wife Emily and their dog Daisy. He is active in his community as a Rotarian, Ambucs member, Advisory Board and Investment Committee Member of the Cherokee Strip Community Foundation, Class 31 of Leadership Oklahoma and the Board of Governors of the Oklahoma State University Foundation.

Past Grand President’s Award Winners

1991
Taylor Brown, Montana State
Mike Jackson, Purdue
Jay Vroom, Illinois
Jim Zarndt, Wisconsin-Madison

1992
Jack Kaltenberg, Wisconsin-Madison
Dwight Seegmiller, Iowa State
Walt Whitcomb, Maine

1993
Sam Brownback, Kansas State
John DeRuiter, Cal Poly State-SLO
Frank Moore, Tennessee-Knoxville

1994
David Buckman, Missouri
John C. Cottingham, Purdue
Frederick McClure, Texas A&M
Ole Meland, Cal Poly State-SLO

1995
Tom Davis, Purdue
Scott Moffitt, Kentucky
William C. Schilling, Nebraska
Jerry Weller, Illinois

1996
Terry Bass, North Carolina State
C. James Bode, Oklahoma State
William C. Miller, Kentucky
Jay S. Poole, Virginia Tech

1997
Charles "Chuck" Clemons Sr., Florida
Dave Parker, Purdue
Paul Schulte, Oklahoma State

1998
David L. Bracht, Nebraska
Ed Jernigan, Middle Tennessee State
Ted A. McKinney, Purdue
Michael Bret Thurmond, Georgia

1999
Jay L. Ewald, Minnesota
Brose A. McVey, Purdue
Brian Moeller, Illinois
Tony D. Williams, Texas Tech

2000
Steven L. Stice, Illinois
Jeffrey L. Warner, Western Illinois

2001
Kraig Wagenecht, Western Illinois
Randall Little, New Mexico State
Charles Woodside, Nebraska

2002
Dave E. Anderson, Kansas State
William Carriere, California-Davis
Timothy Minert, Nebraska
David A. Rold, Illinois

2003
Jeffrey D. Adkisson, CAE, Western Illinois
Russ Galle, Kansas State
Charles Hall, Tennessee-Knoxville
Rick Nagel, Purdue

2004
Merle G. Flowers, Auburn
Doug Griffin, Purdue
David B. Reis, Illinois

2005
Daren Coppock, OregonState
Doug Eckrote, Purdue
Anthony Haynes, Tennessee-Martin
David McDonald, Iowa State

2006
Bryce Kelly Sr., Florida
John L. Kruse, South Dakota State
Paul Weubbe, Cal Poly State-SLO
Wayne Worthley, Minnesota

2007
Paul Boettcher, Wisconsin-Madison
Todd D. Johnson, Kansas State
Shane C. Kitchen, Mississippi State
Kevin Ochsner, Colorado State

2008
Tracey Binkley, Tennessee-Knoxville
Rich Engel, California-Davis
Corey Geiger, Wisconsin-Madison
Bill Hayen, Missouri

2009
Michael Gomes, Cal Poly State-SLO
Grady Roberts, Florida
Michael Wainscott, Kentucky
Thomas White, Tennessee-Knoxville

2010
Daniel Foor, Iowa State
Allen Lambright, East Texas State University
Michael Revelle, Tennessee-Martin
Jim Zumwalt, Illinois

2011
Raymond Hodge, Florida
John Latham, Iowa State
Tom Lilja, North Dakota State
Glenn Poxleitner, Idaho

2012
Michael Bosco, Tarleton State
John Demerly, Purdue
Steve Hanson, Iowa State
Sean Kouplen, Oklahoma State

2013
Cody Lane, Tarleton State
Devin Nunes, Cal Poly
Adam Putnam, Florida
Jeffrey Rowe, Iowa State

2014
Matt Fanta, Wisconsin-River Falls
Jerry Gilliam, Murray State
Marc Paulson, Minnesota
Peter Tomlinson, Connecticut

2015
Lynn Becker, Minnesota
C. Elliott Marsh, Jr., Georgia
Jesse Singerhouse, Wisconsin-River Falls
Jerrod Westfahl, Kansas State

2016
Chad Dummermuth, Iowa State
Joe Kelsay, Purdue
Thad Koenigsfeld, Missouri
Adam Manwarren, Minnesota

2017 
Jason Grady, Kansas State
Sam Watson, Georgia 
Will Wittler, Nebraska  
Jeremy Zweiacker, Oklahoma State 

2018
Garrett Hawkins, Missouri State
Jason Hart, Clemson
Kevin Heikes, Colorado State
Eric Halverson, North Dakota State

2019
Brant Bigger, North Dakota State
Brad Garrison, Mississippi State
Matt Norman, Iowa State
Dale Winger, Purdue

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