Advisory Team Leaders

The Council has seven Advisory Teams, also known as A-Teams, that engage members in the organization’s export market development efforts. These teams include Asia, Innovation & Sustainability, Ethanol, Middle East/Africa/South Asia, Trade Policy, Value-Added  and Western Hemisphere.

The USGC chairman appoints A-Team leaders each July in association with the Council’s annual Board of Delegates meeting.

A-Team leaders are charged with communicating the actions of their A-Teams to the Board of Directors. Each A-Team consists of representatives of the Council membership, as well as a Council Board liaison and a USGC staff liaison. A-Team members serve two-year terms and meet twice annually, plus additional times via conference call or in person as determined by each team.

The appointed leaders are as follows:


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Gail Lierer – Ohio Corn Marketing Program


Eric Baukol – Granite Falls Energy, LLC

Innovation and Sustainability

Brent Hoerr – Missouri Corn Merchandising Council

Middle East / Africa / South Asia

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Jennie Schmidt – Maryland Grain Producers Utilization Board

Trade Policy

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Greg Alber – Iowa Corn Promotion Board


John Hagios – The Andersons, Inc.

Western Hemisphere

James O’Connor – Minnesota Corn Research & Promotion Council