Brent German is an operations professional with over 30 years of management and engineering experience in oilseeds and related industries. After growing up on a farm in rural Kansas, Brent worked through all plant supervisory and manager roles for Cargill, Inc. before re-focusing on...
Brent German is an operations professional with over 30 years of management and engineering experience in oilseeds and related industries. After growing up on a farm in rural Kansas, Brent worked through all plant supervisory and manager roles for Cargill, Inc. before re-focusing on regional and global technical support roles for several years. He then took these skills to Louis-Dreyfus and Ag Processing Inc. for senior site manager positions. Brent focuses on supervisor and operator training as the key to next-level performance with capital projects as a transformative ladder. He participated in and led projects from small improvements to green-field facilities throughout the world. He currently provides plant project and operations support through Blind Corner Solutions LLC. His education includes degrees in engineering and economics with continuing education in management and reliability centered maintenance. Away from work, he enjoys outdoor activities and reading.
Linsen Liu obtained his B.E. in oil processing and M.S. in oil chemistry from Zhengzhou Grain College in China. He graduated with a Ph.D. in food sciences from the Iowa State University and started his career in the United States as a Sr. Chemist at Cargill Central Research in 1995. He joined ConAgra as the Product Development Manager in 2000 and managed new product development for Wesson Oils, PAM Cooking Sprays and Peter Pan Peanut Butters. Linsen was rehired as the Application Manager by Cargill Specialty Oils in 2006. In 2013, Linsen took the Sr. Manager position in Herbalife to manage the global project management team. Linsen became the Executive VP R&D at IOI Loders Croklaan in 2016 and the VP Innovation at Bunge in 2018. Linsen founded his Executive R&D Consulting (ERDC) company in 2019 and has been consulting for fats and oils and R&D Innovation management ever since.
Rebecca L. Rosas graduated (1990) from Texas A&M University in physical chemistry and began working with Dow’s Analytical Services in Freeport. She did a brief stint as a chemistry professor at San Jacinto College and then joined Lonza in 1993 at one of their manufacturing facilities located in Pasadena, TX. Rebecca moved to Texmark in 2000 as a Development Chemist and then became Technical Center Manager in 2003. She rose to Vice President/R&D Manager in 2009 and became Vice President Strategic Planning in December 2018.
Eric “Rick” Theiner earned a B.S. in chemical engineering from Christian Brothers University in Memphis, TN, and an M.S. in physical chemistry from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA. He is currently the Technical Applications Manager for Industrial and Institutional Cleaning at Evonik Corporation’s Business & Innovation Center in Richmond, VA. For the past 15 years, he has been optimizing surfactant interactions in cleaning products and related systems. Prior to that, Rick formulated cleaning products for home and industrial use, developed new product lines, and even worked in market development (“Thankfully it was only for a few years!” he says).