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Agrimarketing : Agribusiness Employer Guide 2008
FINDING THEIR PLACESAT CHS ABOUT CHS This diversified Fortune 200 com- pany provides energy, grain, and food resources to businesses and consumers around the world. The opportunity for career growth attracted (l to r) Ben Bakko, Catherine Xu and Justin Pudenz to take jobs with CHS. They say the comfortable, supportivework environment helps keep them there. Recent graduates tell what drew them to CHS and why they’ll stay. A friendly corporate culture at CHS was a big attraction for Justin Pudenz. “I wanted to feel like I was more than just a number. That’s definitely what I’ve found at CHS. People here are friendly and welcoming, and the com- pany really encourages personal growth and development.” That’s evident in Pudenz’s career path so far. The Iowa State University accounting major and Carroll, Iowa, native started at CHS over two years ago as an accountant. After a year, he became an export analyst in the grain marketing department. “It’s been a great way to expand my knowledge of global marketing and to learn about a different business segment,” he says. “NowI’m ready to return to my accounting roots to take on a new posi- tion as an internal auditor. I’m really looking forward to traveling around the country to visit many of the CHS locations. “I’m not sure if I’ll get the chance to live abroad, but this new position will offer the opportunity for travel to places such as Mexico and Brazil,” he says. “I’m young and don’t have many commitments right now, so this is a great time for me to be more mobile in my career. And CHS has definitely allowed me to do that.” The opportunity for personal growth appealed to Ben Bakko, who joined CHS at its Savage grain terminal in early 2008. As an agricultural eco- 40 nomics graduate of North Dakota State University, he targeted his job search, hoping to work in ag lending or grain marketing. “CHS made me feel like they reallywanted to hire me — it was- n’t about just filling a position,” he recalls. “They also made it clear that, if I proved I could do well as a procure- ment merchant trainee, there would be opportunities for me to advance. “The people I work with are really supportive, and they take the time to answer my questions. I also enjoy get- ting to work with farmers,” says Bakko, who grewup on a farmnear Kindred, N.D. “It really is a great environment for learning about grain marketing.” The CHS global focus was a major plus for Catherine Xu, who joined the company in early 2008 as an intern with the soybean export group. “This job was a perfect match for my back- ground and interests,” says the Chinese- born Xu, who completed her Masters Degree in Applied Economics at the University of Minnesota last year. “It allows me to use my communica- tions skills to deal with the many CHS customers in China, helping them to use the futures market here,” she says. “I feel very fortunate to have found a job that is such a good fit for me, and I’m very comfortable working here.” Still, the possibility of working overseas is also very appealing for Xu. “The company has many business con- nections in other countries and I would love to be able to work in one of the CHS offices elsewhere in the world.” CHS: • Markets more than 1 billion bushels of grain annually to domestic and export customers in more than 60 countries, with offices in Brazil, Switzerland and China. • Owns and operates a 55,000- barrel-per-day refinery and oper- ates 1,200 miles of crude and product pipelines. • Sells more than 3 billion gallons of refined fuels (including renewable fuels) and manufac- tures and markets lubricants, supplying more than 1,600 branded retail petroleum outlets and more than 800 convenience stores. • Operates one of the nation’s largest private truck fleets,log- ging 30 million miles annually. • Operates more than 300 coun- try locations, providing ag inputs, energy products, grain marketing and other farmsup- plies to producers. • Processes nearly 90 million bushels of soybeans annually, supplying 6 percent of the veg- etable oil needs of U.S.con- sumers. CHS offers lots of opportuni- ties for career growth in rural America or around the world. Corporate Headquarters 5500 Cenex Drive Inver Grove Heights,MN 55077 Web site: www.chsinc.com
May 2008 Supplement
Canadian Agribusiness Employer Guide 08