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New Accelerated Genetics President and CEO Janet Keller

Published on 27 February 2017

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Janet Keller

President and Chief Executive Officer
Accelerated Genetics
Baraboo, Wisconsin

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What education are you bringing with you to this position?

  • Bachelor of Science in Agricultural 
  • Extension Education with a Dairy Science emphasis, University of Wisconsin – Platteville.

Please describe your agricultural background

Our family owned a dairy, tobacco, corn and swine operation in Stoughton, Wisconsin. Exhibiting dairy cattle and veterinary science projects were two of my favorite projects in 4-H and FFA.

That love of showing cattle evolved into competing on the Intercollegiate Dairy Cattle Judging team while attending college, being an active member in the U.W. – Platteville Dairy Club and serving on the student Ag Council there.

What territory will you cover?

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I will be managing all areas including our international markets and partnerships with World Wide Sires, who distribute to Europe, Asia, Australia and Africa.

What are your new responsibilities?

I will be responsible to the cooperative’s board of directors who represent the member/owners. My role will be to lead the managers in the implementation of board policy within the day-to-day operations. Broadening the dialogue among the cooperative members, elected leadership and staff will be one of the main areas of focus for the immediate future.

What previous positions have you held?

  • Accelerated Genetics – Vice President of Public Relations, Communications and Advertising

  • Area Sales Manager, Herd Analyst and Public Relations Coordinator

  • World Dairy Expo – Communications and Public Relations Manager

  • Mapleleaf Genetics – Manager

Who has made the biggest impact on your career?

My dad and mom led by example to instill a strong work ethic, sense of community service and the spirit to get involved and make a difference in life. I would count Roger Ripley, Doug Blair, Mary Hasheider, Bruce Odeen and Mark Clarke as the most influential people in my life, as they set an example with their passion for the dairy industry and visionary leadership.

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How will you be of most help to producers in your region or area of expertise?

Communicating and sharing the vision to the grass-roots producer level will be key to assist them in providing solutions for their needs ... both now and into the future.

Why did you choose this company?

This company is about the people – the people who produce the food the world needs, the people who have the passion to lead and adapt new technologies, and the people within our bovine industry who strive to provide the most innovative and relative products and services we can create for the future.

What goals would you like to accomplish while in this position?

  • Broaden communications for the company

  • Search for new opportunities and partnerships that will provide our customers with the highest-quality genetics, most creative service and innovative products.  end mark

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