Mr. Young has over 30 years of experience in the seed industry in North America and internationally. His career spans hands-on agronomy and supply chains, through plant management and strategic business leadership. In the US he has managed operations in Iowa and Illinois where he managed seed production facilities and out-growers for Maize, Soy and other crops ensure production was reliable, and quality met customer demand. Facilities operation included drying, cold-storage, conditioning, grading, treatment, packaging and logistics.
Mr. Young was regional supply manager in the southern cone of Africa for DuPont Pioneer where he represented Pioneer’s supply management operations on the regional and country management teams along with research, marketing and finance resulting in a successful business models in South Africa, Zimbabwe and East Africa. He was responsible for plant and field operations for both commercial and foundation seed, and was heavily engaged in sales-demand planning with research, production and business teams, as well as the movement of seed. His seed management experience includes training teams in process management, SixSigma, LEAN, ISO and safety health and environment aspects. His role included working with African out-grower systems, seed dealers to resolve customer issues, working with phytosanitary and trade officials, evaluating inbred and variety trials and quality management and seed testing. Young was responsible for planning and negotiating capital expansion projects in Pioneer’s property for a facility expansion in South Africa. In 2012, Young co-led an independent assessment of the Tanzanian Seed Value Chain researching the seed market needs and identifiable gaps in the industry.
In his current role, Mr. Young leads the development and delivery the Biofuels curriculum at Carl Sandburg College in Illinois where he serves on the faculty as the Coordinator and Instructor. Young networks with commercial biofuels producers and farmers to share the benefits and motivating factors for their industry involvement in the curriculum and the collegiate vision for success. Mr. Young earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Agronomy at Iowa State University and continues to have family farm connections in Iowa. He is a trained ISO auditor, has been trained in LEAN, Six Sigma and DuPont’s world renowned SHE management systems.