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Ardent Mills CEO Dan Dye Elected NAMA Chairman

November 7, 2014

Washington, DC – The North American Millers’ Association (NAMA) announced that NAMA Vice Chairman, Dan Dye, was elected chairman of NAMA for the 2014-­‐2016 term. The announcement was made at the annual NAMA Board of Directors meeting held October 24 in Palm Beach, Florida.

“It has been pleasure working with Jim Meyer as his vice chairman over the last two years and we are indebted to Jim for the leadership he provided our association over the past few years. He’s been an exceptional chairman and I want to thank him again for his service to NAMA. It has been a privilege to serve the NAMA membership and the industry and I’m honored and humbled to carry on NAMA’s legacy as chairman for the next two years.” said Dye.

Dye was named CEO of Ardent Mills in March 2013 with the announcement of the independent joint venture by its parent companies -­‐-­‐ Cargill, ConAgra Foods and CHS, and assumed leadership on May 29, 2014 on Ardent Mills’ first day of business. Ardent Mills operates 40 flour mills, three bakery mix facilities and a specialty bakery, in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. Prior to the formation of Ardent Mills, Dye was named President of Horizon Milling in 2009, a joint venture between Cargill and CHS. Dye also served for ten years as President of Cargill AgHorizons, U.S., and was responsible for the overall management of Cargill’s grain handling and retail crop input business in the United States. Dan Dye graduated from Bethel University in 1981 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and economics.

At the same meeting, Mark Kolkhorst, president ADM Milling Company, was elected NAMA Vice Chairman. Also, Charles Stout, Chairman & CEO, Grain Craft; Thomas Rogers, Co-­‐CEO, Wilkins Rogers Mills; D. Wade Ellis, Vice President & General Manager, Bunge Milling and Stephen Wickes, Vice President, Grain Millers, Inc. were also elected to the Executive Committee of the NAMA Board of Directors. NAMA awarded Honorary Membership to Mr. Christian F. Kongsore, of Grain Millers, Inc. (retired). Christian F. Kongsore jointly formed Grain Millers with his business partner, Rolf Abdon of Abdon Mills (Helsingborg, Sweden) in 1986. Christian was born and began his career in the milling industry in Norway and held positions at Continental Milling Corp. (New York), Agri-­‐ Products Division of The Pillsbury Company and served as President of Grain Millers, Inc. from 1982 until 1997. Christian is a graduate of Treider College in Oslo, Norway, and Kansas State University and has served on a number of Boards in the U.S. and abroad. His son, Christian S. Kongsore of Grain Millers, Inc., and business partner Rolf Abdon, accepted the award on Kongsore’s behalf.


NAMA is the trade association of the wheat, corn, oat, and rye milling industries. Member companies operate mills in 38 states and Canada, representing more than 90 percent of total industry production capacity.

The North American Millers’ Association prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, marital or family status, age, disability, political beliefs or sexual orientation. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact NAMA at 202.484.2200 (voice and TDD). To file a complaint of discrimination, write to Jim McCarthy, President & CEO, 600 Maryland Avenue SW, Suite 825W, Washington, DC, 20024 or call 202.484.2200 ext. 12. / [email protected] NAMA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

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