Efficient Strategic Knowledge, Transaction Execution and Analytical Capacity

Sterkel & Co. is not your typical investment banking advisory firm. We are deeply connected within the agribusiness, lifesciences, technology and food industry verticals we focus on. Sterkel & Co. brings the right people, for the right project, at the right time. Each member of our team is seasoned and intimately familiar with either an industry sub-segment or is an expert at transaction financial support activities such as accounting, tax and due diligence. When you work with us, our team is keenly focused on maximizing value.

PAUL JUFFER
Financial Analysis & Accounting Analytics
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Paul is the Managing Partner and shareholder of LWBJ in West Des Moines Iowa.  Paul is a licensed CPA with experience in a broad range of tax, accounting, consulting and investment banking capabilities.  Paul has been with LWBJ for 27 years and previously spent 11 years at KPMG.  He has also served as the interim CFO for Harris Vaccines, New Link Genetics and e-markets.com.  Sterkel & Co. partners with Paul to provide clients with the highest quality quantitative support services.

RANDY SCHWALKE
Animal Nutrition, Feed & Pet Food Industries
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Randy is the founder and owner of Feed Marketing, LLC.  Feed Marketing’s team of 20 Advisors provides business advisory services related to business development, personnel development, finance, compliance/operations & acquisitions/divestitures within the global animal nutrition, feed and pet food industries.  Randy’s experience dates back to 1973 and includes serving as President of Blue Seal Feeds (Kent Group) in addition to holding various operational, strategic and financial positions at ADM / MoorMan’s; including Corporate Controller and General Director.  Sterkel & Co. has a joint venture with Feed Marketing to collaborate on M&A and other corporate finance related activities.

JOSHUA WEEKS
Agricultural Crop Protection & Specialty Products
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Josh is the owner and president of Joshua H. Weeks Consulting, LLC a successful independent consulting practice.  He is an experienced leader with over 37 years in the North American pesticide industry including senior management roles within both the Specialty and Agricultural markets with Bayer and the legacy companies Aventis, Rhone Poulenc, and UnionCarbide.  Josh also has global experience including Europe and Japan. He is a past Chairman of the Board of RISE (Responsible Industry for a Sound Environment), a non-profit organization affiliated with Crop Life America with the mission of defending and being an advocate for the Specialty pesticide and fertilizer industry in the USA. (2007-2009).

DANIEL POMP
Genetics & Genomics
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Daniel is a leading expert in animal genetics and genomics.  Daniel Pomp is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Genetics within the School of Medicine at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill.  Daniel co-Founded GeneSeek in 1998, the world’s largest non-human DNA analysis company, testing ~4 million agricultural and veterinary samples per year.  GeneSeek was acquired by Neogen in 2010, and Daniel currently runs a venture seed fund for startup companies, investing early in great new ideas around the world.  After receiving degrees in Genetics from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (B.S.Agr., 1983), the University of Wisconsin – Madison (M.S., 1986), NC State University (Ph.D., 1989) and Postdoctoral training at the University of California – Davis (1989-1991), Daniel joined the faculty at Oklahoma State University, followed by the University of Nebraska – Lincoln, and eventually landed in Chapel Hill at UNC in 2005.  Before retiring from UNC in 2018, Daniel had published close to 200 papers primarily focusing on the genetic architecture of complex traits in mouse models.

BAILEY RAGAN
Grain, Milling & Logistics
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Bailey is a leading expert in the global grain industry.  Bailey has spent over 40 years in the grain industry and related verticals, most recently serving as President of Bunge North America.  He currently operates an independent consulting practice and serves on the boards of some of the leading global grain companies. Sterkel & Co. have collaborated with Bailey for over 10 years during his time at Bunge and as an independent consultant.

DON SCHWARTZ
Animal Health
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Don is a seasoned animal health industry veteran with over 40 years of experience in the global livestock and companion animal health markets.  He spent over 25 years with Merial in various roles cumulating as Executive Director of Animal Health. Don is a principal in Elders Rede, LLC providing advisory services to the animal health industry.  He is also deputy managing director of the animal health division of Canopy Growth Corporation. Additionally, he serves on several commercial and non-profit boards.  Sterkel & Co. works together with Don to provide animal health clients with investment banking services that offer the greatest perspective and global outreach.

Rod Schroeder
Agribusiness, Ag Retail, Grain, Crop Protection & Wholesale Distribution
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Rod is an experienced and successful Ag Business Executive with 37 years of experience in Ag Retail, Grain, Crop Protection, Wholesale Distribution, and Organizational Leadership.  He currently is the Chairman of the Board of Vivid LifeSciences and formerly served as the Executive Vice President and COO of Land O’ Lakes and Winfield Solutions.  He is a board member and advisor to Environmental Tillage Systems and FLM Harvest.  Rod brings considerable experience and perspective as Sterkel & Co. provides investment banking services across a wide range of agribusiness, lifesciences, technology and food verticals.