Sunrise Cooperative, Inc. is the leading agricultural and energy cooperative located in Ohio, spanning from the Ohio River to Lake Erie.
Our team of expert agronomists, certified crop advisers, precision ag specialists and custom applicators bring expert solutions to our customers.
The energy division at Sunrise Cooperative offers a wide range of products and services including propane, heating oil, bulk diesel fuel, lubricants and gasoline.
Our certified professionals will work with you to create a trusting relationship and individualized grain marketing plans.
At Sunrise, our team of animal nutrition and alignment experts work one-on-one with producers to help guide them to raising profitable livestock year after year.
For lush lawns, impeccable putting conditions, hardy athletic fields and more, Sunrise has the solution.
The Sunrise Precision Solutions team strives to enhance its partnerships with customers and providing them with the knowledge, service and equipment to turn data into insights and insights into value based decisions.
PO Box 870
2025 W. State St.
Fremont, OH 43420
Leading Sunrise Cooperative is President and Chief Executive Officer George D. Secor. George previously served as the President/CEO of the predecessor Sunrise Cooperative.
With a strong vision in mind, George began to build what would become Sunrise in 1996 when he became the CEO of Country Spring Farmers Co-op. In 2007, they merged with Sunrise Cooperative and began to operate under the Sunrise name, before merging with Country Star Cooperative in 2009.
A 1990 Willard High School graduate, George earned a degree in Ag Econ from The Ohio State University in 1985. He spent his summers doing internships with Ohio Farmers Grain & Supply, a regional cooperative in Ohio. Upon graduation from college, George secured a spot in the management trainee program of CountryMark, Inc., which was the merger of two regional cooperatives in Ohio, Farmers Grain & Supply and Landmark. George worked in the program for five years before being named the CEO of Ada Farmers Exchange, a position he held until 1996.
George has three children, a son-in-law and two grandchildren.
Darren Langhals is the Chief Financial Office of Sunrise Cooperative. Previously, Darren held the similar role at the predecessor Trupointe Cooperative, and its legacy cooperatives, since 2006.
Adding to Darren’s professional resume is time as as Controller / Accounting for Auglaize Farmers Cooperative (1993-2006), Accounting and Grain Origination at Northwest Farmers Co-op (1990-1993) and a Grain Marketing Advisor at Northwest Farmers and Advance Trading (1988-1992). Darren holds a MBA from Purdue University and a B.S in Ag Economics from The Ohio State University.
Darren and his wife, Pat, reside in Columbus Grove, Ohio with their children: Quinton (18), Karenna (17), Garrett (17), Tayte (15), Aneesa (13), Jevin (11), Brennen (8), Caelan (5), Siena (3) and Therez (1). In his spare time, Darren enjoys spending time with his family, OSU football and has a hobby livestock farm.
“The cooperative is our customers link to worldwide agriculture in which the cooperative delivers goods and service to our customer-owners where they could not compete themselves,” said Darren. “The cooperative allows our customer-owners access to technology, and other services they desire while sharing in the direction and profitability of their cooperative.”
Vice President of Agronomy is Jerry Miller. Jerry began in the cooperative system at the age of 18 and has never left. He joins the senior management team from the predecessor Sunrise Cooperative, where he has served as the VP of Agronomy for the last nine years.
During his tenure in the cooperative system, Jerry has served in numerous capacities including: Custom Applicator, Branch Bookkeeper, Agronomy Sales, Branch Manager, Hub Manager, Sales Manager, Agronomy Manager and VP of Agronomy.
Jerry and his wife, Debbie, reside in Willard, Ohio. When not at Sunrise he enjoys spending time with his wife Debbie. He also finds time to travel, as well as takes time to take his boat out on the lake. Jerry is an avid Ohio sports fan. He is no stranger to Cavs, Indians, Browns and Buckeye football and basketball games.
A strong cooperative is beneficial to both its member-owners and its employees according to Jerry. “A properly ran cooperative system that re-invests for the good of the membership is great. Patronage and equity redemption is something that private industry does not due unless you hold stock in a publically traded company. The cooperative also provides and safe work environment for employees.”
Overseeing marketing and event planning at Sunrise Cooperative is Vice President of Marketing Morgan Niedermier. Morgan previously directed agronomy marketing and administration efforts at the predecessor Sunrise Cooperative.
Morgan earned a M.S. degree in Communications and Information Systems in 2006 from Robert Morris University, along with a B.S. in sport studies, minor in marketing, in 2004 from St. John Fisher College. Her background consists of marketing, media relations, website oversight and event planning. She began her professional career as Sports Information Director (2006-2011) at Heidelberg University before joining the Sunrise team as an Agronomy Administrative Assistant in 2011.
A resident of Bloomville, Ohio, Morgan and her husband, Derek, have two daughters, Adalyn (3.5) and Kailyn (2). In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, watching OSU, Cleveland CAVS and Indians games, while staying active herself.
“A strong commitment to the success of a member-owner in all facets of their operation is a key component of a cooperative system,” says Morgan. “And to return that success back to the member-owner in patronage is true value-added at the end of the day.”
Serving as the Vice President of Member and Corporate Relations of Sunrise Cooperative is Tammy Myers. Tammy previously held this position at the predecessor Sunrise Cooperative.
A graduate of Bellevue High School, Tammy began her career in the cooperative realm 23 years ago at River Springs Cooperative. Following a three-way merger in 1996 she moved into the position of Corporate Office Manager for Country Springs Farmers Cooperative. In 2007, Tammy continued as office manager for Sunrise Cooperative prior to moving into her current role in 2012.
Tammy, and her husband, Michael, have three children, Jason (38), Joshua (32) and Jordie (29). Rounding out the Myers family is Joshua’s children, Addyson and Carl, along with Jordie’s husband, Jeff, and their two children, Blake and Madison. In her free time Tammy enjoys camping, riding bikes, cheering on the Ohio State Buckeyes and spending time with her family.
The focus on the member-owner is the most rewarding part of working in a cooperative system for Tammy. “Working as a team that focus’ on our member-owners needs to prepare them for future success is what we strive for in a cooperative system on a daily basis.”
Gary Snell serves as the Vice President of Operations of Sunrise Cooperative, a position he held at the predecessor Trupointe Cooperative.
Gary gained experience in operations through his time as a Crop Protection and Crop Nutrient Manger at Southwest Landmark, along with time spent at Terra Inc. as a Custom Applicator and Location Manager. He began his career as a District Seed Manager for Super Cross Seeds. Gary was involved in production agriculture until 2002 which touched corn, soybeans, cattle, hogs and sheep.
A native of Jamestown, Ohio, Gary has two sons, Adam (30) and Andrew (25). In his spare time, Gary enjoys spending time with family, golfing, sports in general and fishing.
Being involved in a cooperative system offers multiple benefits according to Gary. A cooperative “covers expenses and capital for the year and then returns all the profit back to the member-owners, employees get to solve a problem for a grower before he thinks there is an issue and working in the cooperative system is as close to production agriculture you can get without owning or renting land.”
Overseeing the feed division at Sunrise Cooperative is Vice President of Feed Mark Roeth. Mark joins Sunrise from the predecessor Trupointe Cooperative after serving as a director and manager in the feed division since 2013.
Mark has an extensive background in the feed industry. His experience includes time with Land O’Lakes Inc., Purina Feed and Countrymark Co-op Inc. He has held positions ranging from feed sales to swine specialist and consultants, as well as served as a manager of member benefits at Land O’Lakes before joining Trupointe.
Joining Mark in the Roeth family is his wife, Paula, and their three children, Kyle (24), Lindsey (20) and Ty (10). Mark earned a B.S. degree in Animal Science from The Ohio State University in 1987, along with an associate’s degree in Agriculture Business from Clark Technical College in 1984. In his free time Mark enjoys spending time with family and friends, wilderness canoe camping and coaching.
“Individuals working together to build something better than they could construct alone,” is what a cooperative is to Mark. “It is a group of producers uniting to create advantages and opportunities they could never imagine without each other, while sharing in their successes through patronage dividends.”
Joining Sunrise Cooperative as the Vice President of Strategic Initiatives is Andy Crump. Andy previously held this role at the predecessor Trupointe Cooperative.
Along with is time at Trupointe, Andy also has experience serving as the Business Operations Planning Manager, a Strategic Pricing Manager, Senior Financial Analyst and a Financial Analyst at LexisNexis. Andy also served as Finance Manager at Contech Construction Products and began his career as an accountant, auditor and analyst on a contractual basis. He earned his MBA from Xavier University and a B.S in Finance from Wright State University.
Andy resides in Beavercreek, Ohio with his wife, Angie, and their children, Allie (6) and Brody (4). He enjoys spending time with his family, attending his children’s sporting activities and outdoor activities.
“Focusing on our customers and delivering the value and service they deserve,” is what a cooperative system strives for from Andy’s viewpoint.
Leading the sales efforts across the divisions is Vice President of Sales Bill Bever. Bill joins Sunrise Cooperative in his new role following serving as the Agronomy Sales Manager at the predecessor Sunrise Cooperative.
Alongside his experience as the Agronomy Sales Manager, Bill’s professional experience began on his family farm, Hill and Valley Farm from 1989-1997. Bill began at Sunrise as an Agronomy Sales Consultant in 1997 and has also held the role of Agronomy Division Manager. He also spent some time as the Grain and Agronomy Area Manager at Town and Country Co-op (2004-06). Bill earned a bachelor of science degree in Agricultural Systems Management in 1994 from The Ohio State University.
Bill resides in Ashland, Ohio. Completing the Bever family is Stacey Horner and their children; Cody (21), Joey (19), Emily (17), Mascie (15), Josh (15), Jake (13) and Emmie (13). In his free time, Bill enjoys spending time with family, attending the kids sporting events, camping and working on the family farm.
“A farmer-owned organization that possess a set of “blue collar” core values,” is how Bill views a cooperative. He adds “through commitments to teamwork and partnerships, and a passion for knowledge and superior customer service, an environment of success is developed for its member-owners and employees.”
Jason Kamann serves as the Vice President of Energy at Sunrise Cooperative. He joins the team after serving in the same role at the predecessor Sunrise Cooperative.
Landing a place in the energy division at Sunrise began through the feed mill and delivering propane. He went on to operating an air machine in agronomy for three years before serving as an Energy Sales Consultant and Sales Manager. Before his time at Sunrise, Jason worked for Seven Limers in their blacktop division.
Jason and his wife, Mindy, live in Monroeville, Ohio. The Kamann family includes four sons, Hunter (16), Cole (11), Kiptyn (6) and Beckett (18 months). Jason stays busy watching his sons activities, coaching football, hunting and fishing.
“A cooperative to me is all the division working together for one common goal – the customer – and making them the best they can be,” said Jason.
Craig Haugaard will oversee the grain division as Vice President of Grain. He previously held the role of Assistant Vice President of Grain at the predecessor Sunrise Cooperative.
Craig’s background was built off his B.S. in ag econ from South Dakota State University, a M.Ed. in human resource development from the University of Minnesota and a MBA from the University of South Dakota. He began his career at a Feed Ingredient Merchandiser at Agri Trading (1982-1992). Craig owned and operated Marketing By Design (1992-1994) before serving as an extension educator with the Minnesota Extension Service (1994-2004). He gained experience as a Grain Origination Manager at South Dakota Wheat Growers (2004-2012) and as the Grain Divisions Manager at North Central Farmers Elevator (2012-2015) before joining Sunrise.
The Haugaard family includes Craig’s wife, Lora, and their two sons, Craig and Ryun, both of whom are West Point graduates. In his free time Craig and Lora are working towards running a marathon in all 50 states, and enjoys hiking, bike riding, canoeing and reading.
Growing up watching his grandfather work through a cooperative system allowed Craig to learn a lot. “As times have changed, cooperatives have grown and changed to meet the new challenges but at the end of the day the mission to excel at providing high-quality services and products that grow member and cooperative profitability and success has remained unchanged for the past century”
Providing Administrative Assistant duties in Fremont for Sunrise Cooperative is Laura Nold. Laura continues in her role as administrative assistant from the predecessor Sunrise Cooperative, a position she has held since 2009.
Laura’s professional background is multi-faceted, including experience in grain accounting at Country Star Cooperative (2008), and knowledge of data entry and experience as a Customer Service Manager at Carlisle Engineered Products. Her professional career began at MTD in the order entry department and as an Assistant to Department Manager.
She resides in Shelby, Ohio with her husband, Jeff, and they have a son, Curtis (28). Laura earned an Associate’s Degree in Business Management from North Central State College. In her spare time, Laura enjoys reading, crafts, home remodeling and spending time with her family and friends.
“Being a part of the teamwork required to make our member-owners and the cooperative successful is very rewarding,” and is what Laura values about the cooperative. “Our team is focused on the customer and meeting their needs.”
Serving as an Administrative Assistant in Piqua is Julie Meyer. Julie joins Sunrise Cooperative from the predecessor Trupointe Cooperative where she most recently was the Administrative Assistant to the CEO, senior staff and the board of directors in Piqua.
Julie brings over 15 years of experience working in the cooperative system. Prior to her administrative assistant duties in Piqua Julie assisted at Trupointe’s Wapakoneta location. Julie also spent time in the cooperative system with New Bremen Feed and began her career at Hubbard Feeds and Provico.
A resident of Botkins, Ohio, Julie is married to Brent and together they have two sons, Memphis (7.5) and Hudson (6). When not spending time with her family, Julie enjoys playing tennis, jogging, shopping and gardening.
Julie enjoys working at a cooperative. It has allowed her to meet new people and build relationships with customers, while providing excellent customer service along the way.
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