Meet Landmark Services Cooperative’s outstanding management team and dedicated Board of Directors, whose roots in agriculture run as deep as their passion for farming smart.
Jim Dell, CEO and President
Jim joined Landmark in March of 2018 as CEO and President. Jim grew up on a 500 cow-calf operation in Conde, South Dakota cultivating 3,200 acres of row crops and small grains. He attended Southwest State University in Marshall, Minnesota to obtain a degree in Ag Business. Jim began his career at Harvest States and regionally owned locations of Land O’Lakes. Then after 19 years with Central Valley Cooperative, focusing on primarily grain and feed business, Jim joined Cooperative Producers Incorporated (CPI) in Hastings, Nebraska as their Vice President of Grain managing 82 million bushels of grain storage. He was also instrumental in developing a safety first culture. In addition to his role as Vice President of Grain, he led the transportation division consisting of 20 owned semis and 35 owner operators. Jim and his wife of 32 years have two grown daughters and a son-in-law. Jim enjoys the outdoors, camping, kayaking and pheasant hunting.
Keith Arnold, Chief Financial Officer
Keith joined Landmark in September 2012 and became CFO in December 2018. Prior to that, Keith was a senior manager in the audit practice of Deloitte where he spent nine years in the Phoenix, AZ and Milwaukee, WI offices. He graduated from Walsh University in Canton, OH in 1998 with a bachelor of science degree in Accounting. Keith and his wife live in Sun Prairie with their two sons.
Keith is a certified public accountant in Ohio and Wisconsin. He’s a member of several professional organizations, including the AICPA, WICPA, and is the newsletter chair for the Great Lakes Chapter of the National Society of Accountants for Cooperatives. Keith is actively involved in coaching his sons’ baseball and basketball teams.
Mike Elder, Vice President–Risk Management
Mike joined Landmark in 2003 following the merger with Union Cooperative. He holds a bachelor’s degree in safety engineering and an associate’s degree in fire science. Prior to joining Landmark, Mike worked as a safety and regulatory consultant with numerous agricultural cooperatives, which includes the co-ops that currently make up what is now Landmark Services Cooperative. Mike enjoys many outdoor activities including running, biking, golfing, and spending time with his wife, two teenage daughters, and yellow lab at their Rhinelander cabin.
Aric Dieter, Vice President–Animal Nutrition
Aric has been with Landmark since 2016 as vice president of animal nutrition. Prior to joining Landmark he spent the previous 15 years with Cargill in their animal nutrition division. He has extensive experience in the areas of business management and manufacturing operations. Aric was raised on a family farm in southwest Wisconsin and he is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Platteville where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in agri-business with an emphasis in engineering and technology. Aric and his wife, Crystal, reside in Edgerton with their two daughters, Adylin and Averly.
Lee Parker, Vice President–Energy & Retail
Lee joined Landmark in June of 2019 as vice president of energy & retail services. Lee has a comprehensive understanding of cooperative energy services throughout the lower Midwest. His experience consists of managing cooperative energy divisions, creating and operating various energy LLCs, and leading the operations of family-owned independent energy retailers.
Lee is a graduate and proud supporter of Kansas State University, with degrees in agriculture technology management, ag economics, and natural resources/environmental science. Lee grew up in agriculture on family farms in Northeast and North Central Kansas. Throughout his career, he has enjoyed many great experiences with energy teams and cooperative leadership. At Landmark, he looks forward to continued change, and offering services to the members/customers that can assist and improve their operations. In his spare time, Lee enjoys the outdoors and spending time with his girlfriend, Bobbie Jo, and their four collective children.
Cris Breidenbach, Vice President–Grain
Cris joined Landmark in August of 2019 and has been involved in Agribusiness for 25 years, most recently serving as the general manager for BTR Farmers Cooperative in Devils Lake, North Dakota. He graduated from Minnesota State University with a degree in accounting and has a strong background in the cooperative business. Cris helped guide the completion of a successful merger of BTR Farmers Cooperative and Cendak Farmers Union Cooperative to form Cendak Cooperative in 2018. His experience consists of auditing grain and agronomy locations for ADM-BQ before moving into management for the company where he developed a CP Shuttle facility in 2002. Cris served on the board of directors for Prairie Grain Partners of Clarkfield, Minnesota and was also general manager for Kensal Farmers Elevator in 2015.
Cris recently moved to Janesville, WI with his wife Andrea and daughter Julia, who is currently attending UW-Whitewater. His wife, daughter, and he are looking forwarded to “relocating to this awesome area”.
Don Schlising, Vice President–Information Technology/Marketing
Don joined Landmark in January of 2016 to lead the strategic planning and implementation of enterprise technology solutions to improve cost effectiveness, service quality, and our member experience. His talented teams focus on the continued development and support of an innovative, robust, and secure information technology environment. He works closely with Landmark’s creative and skilled marketing team to design, implement, and monitor effective marketing strategies that align with Landmark’s business goals.
Don’s extensive experience includes positions in information technology leadership and operations management, CIO consulting, business analysis, project management, and sales. He’s a strong supporter of charities that help our veterans and their families and actively participates in fundraising. Don is also a published author and landscape photographer.
Hans Pflieger, Vice President–Credit Operations
Hans joined the Landmark team in 1999 as a sales agronomist in the agronomy division. Additional roles Hans has held at Landmark include seed manager, agronomy area sales lead, and vice president of verity business solutions. Hans currently leads the credit operations team, which provides convenience credit and financing options to the 15,000+ Landmark members. His past work experience also includes positions at Syngenta and Monsanto. Hans received his bachelor’s degree in soil and crop science from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville and master of business administration from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Hans and his wife, Lacy live in Waunakee with their three children, Lilian, Mackenzie, and Caleb. Hans enjoys playing hockey, hunting, coaching youth sports, and attending Badger sporting events.
Michelle Leeder, Vice President–Human Resources
Michelle joined Landmark’s human resources team in 2006 where she has specialized in the areas of employee relations, benefits and payroll management. Recently, she earned her Professional in Human Resources (PHR) Certification through the HR Certification Institute. Michelle served as a member of the Cottage Grove Chamber of Commerce for many years and was on the Chamber Board in 2007 and 2008. Michelle and her husband Mike reside in Cottage Grove and have three adult sons. Her favorite past time is touring the beautiful Wisconsin countryside with her husband on their Indian motorcycles.
Shannon Horstmeyer, Executive Assistant
Shannon joined the Landmark team in 1996 working in our retail and human resources division before becoming executive assistant. Shannon works with Landmark’s Board of Directors and CEO to coordinate monthly board meetings and yearly strategic planning sessions, and acts as a liaison between Landmark’s board and management team. She also serves as coordinator of Landmark’s Community Giving and Scholarship programs. Shannon, her husband and two sons reside in Marshall, Wis. where they raise and show Angus cattle. She enjoys attending her son’s sporting events, cattle shows, golfing and traveling.
Board of Directors
Jim Lange, Chairman (Elected in 1994)
Jim and his wife Amy live in the Wind Lake area of Racine County on a century farm. Jim grows corn, soybeans and wheat on 2,400 acres. Jim has been a very active cooperative board member – he was elected to Farmer’s Grain & Supply in Union Grove where he served as secretary. Farmer’s Grain then merged with Burlington Consumers Co-op to form Cooperative Plus, Inc. where Jim served as board secretary and then as board chairman when CPI merged with Landmark. Jim also served on the Planning and Zoning Commission for the Town of Norway for 10 years.
Jon Prochnow, Vice Chairman (Elected in 2012)
Along with his father David, Jon operates Prochnow’s Uphill Angus, LLC. The operation consists of over 100 commercial Angus beef cows, 300 finishing steers and 700 acres of corn, soybeans, wheat, oats, hay and pasture. Jon has served on the Town of Scott board. He is a 1998 graduate of University of Wisconsin, Platteville with a degree in animal science and a minor in ag business.
Kevin Klahn, Secretary-Treasurer (Elected in 2015)
Kevin was elected to the Landmark board in 2015. Kevin, along with his wife Erika and four children (Abby, Tanner, Gabrielle and Gabe) operate Klondike Farms, a cash grain and custom farming operation near Brooklyn, Wis. There they raise corn, soybeans, wheat and alfalfa for themselves as well as for many others in the area. Kevin is actively involved in the agriculture industry, including both the Corn and Soybean associations and currently serves on the board of the Southern Wisconsin Agricultural Group. He also proudly serves on his church leadership council.
John Blaska, Director (Elected in 1995)
John has been actively involved in the agricultural industry for many years, having managed feed and grain locations in southwestern Wisconsin, in addition to having a dairy with over 400 cows and 2600 acres of crops. Today he continues to farm corn, soybeans and wheat on his land in Dane County. In addition to farming, John owns the Oak’s Golf Course, as well as owning and managing 300,000 sq. ft. of commercial real estate.
Since 1995 John has been on the Landmark Services Cooperative Board of Directors. John has spent over 30 years actively involved in the agricultural industry through various roles. From 1986 to 1994 he served on the Wisconsin Soybean Association Board, and the American Soybean Association Board from 1993-2000, including three years as the international marketing chair. He has also been very active in the community, serving as the chairman of the Town of Sun Prairie Board for nine years and a board member of the Sun Prairie-Area School Board for three years.
Sandy Larson, Director (Elected in 2019)
Sandy was elected to the Landmark Services Cooperative Board of Directors in 2019. Sandy is the fifth generation working on her family dairy farm in Evansville, Wisconsin. With 10 family members and 60 employees, the farm milks 2,800 cows and operates 5,500 acres growing alfalfa, corn, grass and soybeans. Sandy graduated from the University of Wisconsin—Madison with a Bachelor of Science in Dairy Science. Today, as Business Manager on the farm, Sandy works closely with the parlor manager and milking crew, oversees public relations efforts and is instrumental in employee management.
Keven Schultz, Director (Elected in 2019)
Fox Lake, Wisconsin
Keven was elected to the Landmark Services Cooperative Board of Directors in 2019. Keven possesses over 50 years of experience in the agricultural industry. He began his career working side-by-side with his father in the cash crop and feeder steer business. Since then, he has moved into dairy farming and cash crops. Together with his wife, Cheryl, he began the 500 cow dairy operation, Fox View Dairy in Fox Lake, Wisconsin, and is currently working on transitioning the farm to the next generation—his three children. He is still active in the daily operations of the farm, with a primary focus on the 2,000 crop acres.
Max Wenck, Director (Elected in 2016)
East Troy, Wisconsin
Max and his wife Linda live on a 500-acre family farm with their three children, Taylor, Austin and Andi. Together they raise and show purebred beef cattle and grow corn, soybeans and hay. They also own and manage a 3,000-acre cow-calf ranching operation in western South Dakota. Max has been very actively involved in both the agricultural industry and community, serving on numerous boards and leadership positions including serving on the CPI Board. He is a 1982 graduate of South Dakota State University with degrees in animal science and communications.