Ag Business Group Re-Elects Thompson, Krissek as 2019 Leaders


December 17, 2018, Kansas City, MO – Robert M. Thompson, a partner with the Kansas City office of the Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner law firm, was re-elected chairman of the Agricultural Business Council of Kansas City at the group’s annual meeting held December 13.  Greg Krissek, CEO of the Kansas Corn Growers Association and Kansas Corn Commission, was re-elected vice chairman of the Council.  

Thompson serves as co-leader of Bryan Cave’s Food and Agribusiness Industry Group.  He served as managing partner of the firm’s Kansas City office from 2006-2012.  He is a native of Nevada, Missouri, where he and his family have an active livestock and crop business.  He holds a law degree from the University of Missouri.  He has been active in numerous civic organizations, including the American Royal.

Krissek, a native of Kansas City, Kansas, has over 24 years’ experience working with agriculture and ethanol sectors.  Prior to being named CEO of Kansas Corn in 2014, his previous stints included executive positions with Kansas Department of Agriculture, ICM, Inc., and Kennedy and Coe. He earned his law degree and MBA from the University of Denver.

The Council’s Board of Directors is composed of 20 persons who serve staggered two-year terms. Those elected to the Board for a two-year term commencing January 1, 2019 were: 

  • Shonda Atwater, MCC – Business & Technology

  • Alan Barkema, Apical Economics

  • Dennis Bode, John Deere

  • Bill Ford, Lathrop Gage

  • Diane Olson, Missouri Farm Bureau

  • Jackie Klippenstein, Dairy Farmers of America

  • Ron Seeber, Kansas Grain and Feed

  • Ralph Richardson, Kansas State-Olathe

  • Bill Vaughn, Merck Animal Health

  • Alan Wessler, MFA  Incorporated

Thompson extended his thanks to several outgoing leaders who have played an influential role in the Council’s activities through the years.  Those include long-time board members Mark Anstoetter, Damon New, and Tracy Thomas.

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Photos of Thompson and Krissek are available upon request.

 Members of the Agricultural Business Council include over 350 individuals associated with the food and agribusiness sector.  Agribusiness continues to be one of the largest business sectors in the Kansas City region, accounting for 8 percent of the workforce and contributing 22 percent of the gross regional product.  For further information:  Bob Petersen (816) 912-2993;