DR. GARY L. ALLEE has been a director of the Company since May 1998. For more than twenty years, Dr. Allee has been Professor of Swine Nutrition at the University of Missouri, a position from which he retired in 2010. Dr. Allee has also served as President and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Midwest Section of the American Society of Animal Science. Dr. Allee has B.S. and M.S. degrees in Animal Husbandry and Swine Nutrition from the University of Missouri and a Ph.D. in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Illinois.
PAUL M. KEARNS has been a director of the Company since June 2001. Mr. Kearns is Director—Marine at Price Forbes Ltd., a London-based insurance brokerage firm which is the successor to Prentis, Donegan & Partners, Ltd., an insurance brokerage firm which Mr. Kearns co-founded in 1993. Mr. Kearns has more than 20 years of experience in the global risk management and insurance industries. Mr. Kearns is a citizen of the United Kingdom.
DR. WILLIAM E. M. LANDS has been a director of the Company since May 1998. In February 2002, Dr. Lands retired as Senior Scientific Advisor to the Director of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, a position he assumed after serving as head of the Department of Biological Chemistry at the University of Illinois Medical Center. Dr. Lands has a B.S. degree in Chemistry from the University of Michigan and a Ph.D. in Biological Chemistry from the University of Illinois.
DAVID A. OWEN has been a director of the Company since February 2010. Mr. Owen has been a partner in the law firm of Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP for over five years, where he has served in firm management as Deputy Chairman, a member of the Compensation Committee and various other management positions. He represents businesses in a variety of complex commercial litigation matters. Mr. Owen's litigation practice includes environmental, agribusiness, anti-trust, securities and environmental enforcement matters. Mr. Owen received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Clemson University and his J.D. from Northern Kentucky University, Salmon P. Chase College of Law.
BRET D. SCHOLTES has served as the Company’s President and Chief Executive Officer since January 1, 2012 and as a director since February 28, 2013. Prior thereto, Mr. Scholtes served as the Company’s Senior Vice President—Corporate Development from April 2010 to December 2010 and as the Company’s Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer from January 2011 to December 2011. From 2006 to April 2010, Mr. Scholtes served as a Vice President at GE Energy Financial Services, a global energy investment firm. Prior to that, Mr. Scholtes held positions with two publicly traded energy companies. Mr. Scholtes also has five years of public accounting experience.
DAVID W. WEHLMANN, age 55, has been a director of the Company since April 1, 2012. Mr. Wehlmann is currently a private investor. Mr. Wehlmann served as Executive Vice President, Investor Relations of Precision Drilling Corporation, a publicly traded oilfield services company, until March 2012. He assumed this position in December 2008 upon the acquisition of Grey Wolf, Inc. by Precision Drilling Corporation. Mr. Wehlmann previously served as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Secretary of Grey Wolf, Inc., a publicly traded oilfield services company, from March 2003. He was Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Secretary of Grey Wolf, Inc. from February 1998 to March 2003. He joined Grey Wolf in July 1996 and served as Vice President and Controller. Mr. Wehlmann has served as a director of Xtreme Drilling and Coil Services Corp., a publicly traded Canadian-based land rig drilling contractor since May 2013. He previously served as a director of Cano Petroleum, Inc., a publicly traded oil and gas exploration and production company, from December 2007 until September 2010. Mr. Wehlmann is a Certified Public Accountant.