Our People

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IB&M Founders and Board Members

Michael Cooper
Michael Cooper
Executive Director and CEO

Michael’s passion is agricultural land preservation and his expertise is making something from nothing. As the fearless leader, Michael has led successful teams developing capital projects and profitable operations for agricultural processing, ethanol, biodiesel, bioenergy, and major oil storage facilities. Michael’s experience helps position IB&M for sustainable growth and profitability.

Hal Reed
Hal Reed
Director of Development

Hal was most recently the Chief Operating Officer of The Andersons, Inc. (NASDAQ:ANDE). Hal began his career with The Andersons in 1980 holding various positions within the grain and agriculture groups. Before being named Vice President and General Manager of the Grain Division in 1999 and President of the Grain & Ethanol Group in 2005, Hal served as Chairman of the National Grain & Feed Association (NGFA).

Mark Schauer
Mark Schauer
Director of Corporate Affairs

A former U.S. Representative, Mark was elected Battle Creek City Commissioner, state Representative, and state Senator, rising to the post of Senate Democratic Leader. Mark was a member of the historic 111th Congress from 2009-2011 representing Michigan’s 7th District and in 2014 was the Democratic nominee for Governor of Michigan.

Rob Swain
Rob Swain
Director of Finance and Project Management

After a career in commercial banking including 16 years of experience in agricultural finance, serving as Director of Economic Development in Agriculture for the State of Indiana, and 10 years of entrepreneurial experience, Rob has helped successfully finance and develop renewable energy, farm real estate and livestock management projects.

Andrea Day
Andrea Day
Director of Branding and Marketing

Andrea is a strategic marketing, merchandising, and branding professional with over ten years of experience in the food, beverage and healthcare industries. She has worked within major food and beverage companies leading creation and execution of national merchandising programs, launching new and re-launching existing brands, advertising and media sales, along with establishing annual marketing plans.

Paul Bedich
Paul Bedich
Director of Procurement and Sourcing

Paul has over three decades of procurement & supply experience covering alternative sourcing, logistics, materials management, inventory control, program management and purchasing assignments in capital equipment, finished goods, raw materials, energy, utilities, supplies, and services — domestically and internationally with Chrysler Motors, Daimler Chrysler, and Chrysler Fiat.

Vince Coonce
Vince Coonce
Director of Malting

Vince is one of less than 30 active master maltsters globally and has an extensive history working with Ladish Malt, Briess, Cargill, Great Western, and MillerCoors. He has over 27 years of technical and management experience in malting and brewing engineering, production management, research and development, and has proven successes of from-the-ground-up pilot, plant, and process design, with powerful quality and lowest labor costs.