9:00 - 10:15
Chip draws on over 20 years of experience in the futures industry in helping manage risk for top agricultural producers. Having grown up on a family grain and hog farm in Central Illinois, Chip understands the business of farming. He has previously worked on the floor of the Chicago Board of Trade helping international commercial grain firms hedge their price risk. Chip has been a licensed Series 3 commodity broker since 1995, and holds a crop insurance license in the state of Illinois. Chip can be heard as a regular market analyst on WNAX radio, WILL Radio’s Commodity Week program and Rural Radio 147 on Sirius. He is also a frequent television guest on U.S. Farm Report, AgDay and RFD TV’s Market Day Report. Chip holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Economics from Northern Illinois University. He resides in Dunlap, IL with his wife and 3 sons. A ten year cancer survivor, Chip serves on the board of the Illinois CancerCare Foundation in Peoria and enjoys fishing, boating and diving.
10:30 - 11:30
Tim Whitley - Team SI
Described as “a digital innovator and opportunist,” Tim Whitley has been passionate about innovating the world of technology since his childhood years growing up on a farm in Rule, Texas. For the past decade, Whitley has presented on digital marketing throughout North America. Highly respected in the broadcasting, automotive and agriculture/equipment sectors, he is known to inspire dealers to want to help invent the future of technology and how to look at every challenge as an opportunity or turn a “no” into a “what if.”
Whitley now leads 90+ employees at Team SI. Team SI is a data-driven marketing firm headquartered in Little Rock, Arkansas and is one of the first marketing firms in the United States to innovate the way the equipment and agriculture industry markets to B2B in a TraDigital world. After just two years, the Team SI equipment division now serves over 400 dealership locations across the U.S. and Canada. Under his leadership, Team SI is challenged every day to stay ahead of the curve in marketing. The company's growth and innovation has been recognized extensively, earning status as a Google Premier Partner, Inc. 500 Fastest Growing Companies, “50 Innovative Companies to Watch” by Silicon Review, Inner City 100 by Forbes, Best Places to Work in Arkansas, and Arkansas Business of the Year Finalist.