Meet the Team

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Zane Abner

I was involved in agriculture at an early age; in 1st grade I remember helping my dad set tubes when we were farming west of Scottsbluff, NE. Our family moved east from there, I spent most of my life and call Atkinson, NE home. I started working for a local farmer in Jr. High until I graduated. After graduation from Atkinson West Holt I went on to Wayne State College and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Finance. I spent 4 years with BankFirst where I focused my time as a credit analyst and working in the loan department learning valuable information from the credit side of Ag operations. From there I made the transition from banking to the commodity world. Over the next 5 years I worked with producers assisting them with developing a marketing plan specific to their farm, risk management, and basis trading their grain as an elevator would. I have vastly enjoyed working one on one with producers and developing relationships that will last years in to the future. I have a wonderful family at home, my wife Jennifer is originally from Humphrey and has been a teacher at Lindsay Holy Family school since she graduated from Wayne State College and we have two children that keep us busy and smiling , one boy Kline, and one girl Haven.

John Lenhart

I have been working in the grain industry for the past 9 years in Iowa and Nebraska. During that time I’ve had the opportunity to trade across a variety of markets and commodities which has given me valuable insight into the grain industry. I began my career in 2008 with DeBruce Grain trading cash grain and managing truck and rail logistics. Since 2014 I managed an elevator for Bartlett Grain where I was able to grow relationships with producers while overseeing the operations of the elevator.  I really enjoy the opportunity to work directly with farmers and wanted to bring my trading and risk management experience to help them manage their operations more efficiently. This led me to Tredas and their experienced team. I grew up in Bethany, MO, a small farming community in NW Missouri, and graduated from the University of Missouri with a BS in Business Finance and Real Estate. I currently live in Nebraska City, NE with my wife Tommie and our two boys Cole and Ian.

Phil (PJ) Conradt

“Growing up in O’Neill, NE, I had the opportunity to spend my summers working on a farm/ranch in northern Holt County. I continued my education at Nebraska Wesleyan University. In college, I had serveral internships primarily on the consulting side of the grain industry. I then went to work for Gavilon Grain trading cash grain. While  there, I had the chance to trade through some of the most volatile basis and futures markets the grain industry has ever seen. It was during this time I learned some great lessons, not only from a risk-management standpoint, but also being able to extract value out of the market when the market trends are less-than-favorable.  After my time at Gavilon, I realized the thought process and market knowledge would be more effective if used on a farm by farm basis. Now with Tredas, I have the opportunity to work one-on-one with farmers implementing a sound risk management strategy, while efficiently adjusting to the ever-changing market conditions. My wife Stefanie and I have one child– a son named Tripp. In my free time I like to golf, fish, and spend time with friends and family.”

Drew Jensen

“Growing up in Exeter, NE, I experienced first hand the challenges & rewards associated with being part of the family farm. After graduating from University of Nebraska-Lincoln with degrees in Finance & Agribusiness, I started my career with Bartlett Grain. During my time there, I had the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of grain merchandising and rail freight logistics from some of the best in the industry. In 2004, I joined Applebees International in supply chain management where I focused my efforts on procurement & commodity risk management. While at Applebees, I was exposed to a lot of different areas of the food chain and the critical role risk management plays – all the way from the bag of seed to the restaurant plate. During this time, I obtained my MBA from University of Kansas. In 2006, I realized I wanted to work one-on-one with family farms and became a commodity risk consultant & crop insurance agent and have enjoyed it ever since! My wife Lyndsay & I are blessed with two very busy boys, Gavin & Taggart.”

Clint Hoffman

“I’ve been in the commodity and cash grain consulting business for farmers for 15+ years since graduating from UNL with a degree in Diversified Ag/Agricultural Economics.  When I started in the grain marketing industry, farmers were faced with sub $2.00 corn prices and tight margins until the weather and demand volatility changed the markets dramatically.  Navigating those markets gave me priceless experience to help farmers approach grain marketing with sound risk management strategies, and as a crop insurance agent, it allowed me to help farmers decide which policy best fits their needs.  I joined Tredas in April of 2016; I’m excited to be with a fun, experienced team to collectively help our clients navigate the grain markets.  My wife Jody and I have three children Turner, Cadence, and Crew.  In my free time I enjoy our acreage and garden, camping with the family, hunting, and fishing.”

John Pfanner
My experience in agriculture started at a very young age as I grew up on our diversified family farm in northeast Missouri. I was exposed to;  farrow to finish hogs, small cow/calf herd, brood ewes,  and row crop farming. I attended college at the University of Missouri and graduated in 2005 with two degrees, Ag Econ and Ag Business Management. From there I started with DeBruce Grain which eventually became Gavilon Grain in 2010. I was with them for 12 years living in 5 different states trading a variety of truck, rail, and barge markets, managing logistics, and most importantly managing risk/exposure to extremely volatile grain markets. Most recently I managed the river terminal in Decatur, AL. I made the switch to consulting to give the farmer more insight into sophisticated strategies and to extract more value out of the grain markets. With the current market volatility and input costs not reacting as quickly as cash grain prices my goal is to help farmers manage their operations at the highest level when it comes to hedging, and to even the playing field when it comes to taking advantage of seasonal trends, managing carries, and making sure we are getting the most out of the basis to add revenue to the farmers bottom line.
Adam Ickes

“I’ve been fortunate to have the experiences I’ve had in the commodity industry. After growing up on a farm in Page, NE and  graduating from the University of Nebraska, I spent my first 5 years in the cash grain trade. During my time there, I was exposed to every facet of the business possible….cash grain trading of general commodities and specialty grains, managing logistics, understanding risk exposure and how to manage it, and lastly, how to look for and create non-transparent opportunities within the market. From that, I moved to the consulting/brokerage side of the business, and here we are at Tredas! I’ve been lucky to work alongside well respected and seasoned traders. Most importantly, I was exposed to a slew of different thought processes and perceptions – good and bad – that I was able to learn from to develop an independent thought process and apply it to the way we perceive attacking the unknowns of the market today. One thing I’ve learned from this business – if you don’t have a thought process looking forward, it’s easy to get lost. My wife Lindsay and I have a daughter, Nevyn, and spend our time traveling between our homes away from home – Page and Holdrege.”

Ethan Bruland

Growing up in Albion, NE, I had the opportunity to live in a devoted and thriving farming community.  My first taste of agriculture was learning to drive a 3020 John Deere.  My love for being in a tractor hasn’t changed, but the equipment sure has.  Now I look forward to running an 8360r during harvest in my father in-law’s operation.  After receiving my bachelor’s degree in Ag Business from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, I took a job with a strong and growing Commodity brokerage company that was centered around hedging and risk management.  It was here that I learned the importance of basis trading.  I was able to grow and manage my own brokerage book as well procure feed for one of the largest hog producers in the nation.   My first year of grain procurement was during the 2012 drought, and taught me a lot about being persistent and how to be creative in one’s marketing. With Tredas, I look forward to giving the producer 100% of my time and concentrating on improving their bottom line in any way possible.  My wife Jaycee and I have 3 kids under the age of 4.  Our son Knox is the personality of the family, and our daughters Nova and Karter are the bosses.  Our family of 5 lives in Humphrey and are excited to be part of the Tredas team.

Doug Simon
“I have been a risk management consultant and commodity broker since 1999, working with agribusinesses and diversified farms.  From 1990 to 1999, I was President/COO of RF Nature Farm Foods, a Lincoln-based natural foods start-up company that sold bakery mixes and housewares to national retailers such as Macy’s, WholeFoods, Crate & Barrel, and Sam’s.  During 1989 and 1990 I was also a principal in LandMark Meats where we exported specialty beef to the United Kingdom. I graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a BA in international affairs and economics. In 1984 I lived in Zambia on an International 4-H Youth Exchange (IFYE).  I was a Rotary Fellow in 1988 at the University of Sydney, Australia and completed my MS in ag economics at the UNL.  I worked in the Agricultural Marketing Center at UNL and taught agricultural economics while completing my degree. I graduated from Louisville High School and worked on my parent’s farm, a local dairy, and put up hay and walked beans across most of Cass County my four brothers and buddies.  I was born in Ralston, not far from the Papio bottoms where my paternal grandparents and great grandparents farmed. My wife, Nicole is from Toronto.  We met in an American history class at UNL.  Ben, Zach and Madeleine are our children.  The boys have graduated from UNL, and Maddie is headed there in 2015.” 
MaKenzie Wilson

After growing up on the family farm in Page, NE, I went to the University of Nebraska for two years then transferred to Southeast Community College where I finished receiving my degree in Business Administration.  I have been working for Tredas since February ’15 and feel as if I have gained so much knowledge in the commodity industry in such a short time. This team of educated brokers have led me to have an interest in the commodity consulting and crop insurance business. Now for Tredas, my main focus is on the crop insurance processing. In the meantime, I like to travel back to the family farm and spend time with family and friends.

Justin Morrison
Tyson Broekemeier
Jamison Jensen

I grew up in Wisner, NE and attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and majored in Agribusiness. I have spent the past five years working throughout the US with a national grain company. My experience has ranged from trading cash grain in upstate New York and Southwest Kansas, as well as some other geographic areas. My most recent experience was merchandising for two rail facilities in South Central Nebraska.  I have experience with corn, soybeans, white corn, hard red winter wheat, and sorghum. My responsibilities have included originating grain, selling grain via truck or rail, managing logistics, and using carry and basis opportunities to the company’s advantage. I worked with Tredas in the past originating grain and there is no other company like it. The marketing concepts and thought process about how to create value for our producers is unmatched in the industry. I enjoy boating, golf, and a good drink.

Jonah Otte
Haley Tietjen
I grew up on my family’s farm north of Fairbury, NE before I headed off to college at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. I will graduate in May of 2018 with a degree in Agribusiness and Marketing. I assisted my dad and grandpa with farming operations from a young age which enabled me to witness firsthand the immense amount of hard work that is undergone daily to keep a successful operation running. This influenced me to pursue a career in agriculture that would ease the lives of farmers so that they can focus on what’s truly important – which led me to Tredas. I began working as an intern for Tredas in January of 2017 and have learned so much about the business of commodity trading and risk management since then. In my free time, I enjoy attending baseball games, going to the lake, and spending time with family and friends.
Collin Thompson

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