Speakers Bureau Biographies
Scherr, Chairman of the Board and CEO
Thomas P. Scott, President
Richard S. Andersen, Executive Vice President
James R. Wiesemeyer, Senior Vice
President, Washington Bureau
Rob D. Murphy, Senior Vice President
Ken Eriksen, Senior Vice President, Transportation
Bruce A. Scherr, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer.
Dr. Scherr has been with Informa Economics, Inc. (formerly Sparks
Companies, Inc.) since 1987 in several executive capacities including
President and CEO. In addition, he is an Advisor for Metalmark Capital LLC,
a private equity fund. Formerly he was president of Sparks, Jacobs, Scherr,
Inc. (SJS), a sister company to Sparks, and president of Agri-Commodities,
Inc., an agriculture consulting firm based in Andover, Massachusetts, which
was acquired by SJS. Prior to forming Agri-Commodities, Dr. Scherr was a
divisional vice president at Data Resources, Inc., where he developed and
utilized for the public and private sectors the first commercially available
econometric model for US agriculture. Dr. Scherr received his bachelor's
degree from Rutgers University and his M.S. and Ph.D. from Purdue
University, all in agricultural economics. Currently, he is a member of the
Board of Trustees of the North American Electric Reliability Corporation, E.
Ritter & Company and he serves as a member of the Global Strategy Institute
Advisory Council of the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He
served as a member of the Board of Directors for Desert STAR Inc., an
electrical transmission Independent System Operator for the Desert Southwest
from January 2000 through February 2002. In addition, Dr. Scherr has served
as a member of The University of Tennessee’s (UT) Institute of Agriculture
Agricultural Development Board and UT’s Committee for the Future. He was
named a 2007 Distinguished Agriculture Alumni from Purdue University and he
is a member of several honorary research and agricultural societies, a
member of the National FFA Foundation Sponsors’ Board 2000 through 2001 and
a former advisor to the President's Council of Economic Advisers and
National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
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Thomas P. Scott, President
and Chief Operating
Mr. Scott has been with Informa
since 1989 with the majority of that time being the head of the Informa
Economics Memphis-based Project Consulting Group. Mr. Scott's specialized
work has included business strategy, agribusiness economic development,
feasibility and site selection work, as well as various market analyses. In
addition to his work in North America, Mr. Scott has extensive experience in
the agribusiness sectors of Central Europe, Southeast Asia and South
America. He has been involved in many training programs developed and
delivered by Informa Economics. Prior to joining the company, he had various
assignments in management, trading, logistics and merchandising with
Continental Grain Company. He received his bachelor's degree in agricultural
economics and business from Cornell University and a master's degree in
business administration from the Amos Tuck School of Business Administration
at Dartmouth College where he was an Amos Tuck Scholar.
Richard S. Andersen, Executive Vice President. Dr. Andersen's
responsibilities include research, client service and consulting with Informa Economics'
livestock, meat, poultry and dairy based clients. Prior to joining Informa Economics, Dr.
Andersen was a regional extension economist for the Alberta Agriculture
Department, a livestock market analyst and policy advisor to the Alberta
Minister of Agriculture, and a research economist for Cook Industries, Inc. He
received his bachelor's and master's degrees in agriculture from the
University of Alberta and his doctorate degree in agricultural economics from
The Ohio State University.
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James R. Wiesemeyer, Senior Vice President.
From his office in Washington, DC, Mr. Wiesemeyer contributes daily to
Informa Economics' Morning Comments report, providing clients with the latest
information on agricultural policy and trade developments. Since 1978, Mr. Wiesemeyer has frequently reported on and interviewed senior government
officials, including Presidents Reagan and Carter, as well as several USDA
Secretaries; he has traveled extensively in his assignments and is a frequent
speaker on farm policy and trade issues. Prior to joining Informa Economics, Mr.
Wiesemeyer most recently was the Washington editor and bureau chief for
ProFarmer, Inc. where he still contributes a daily analysis and commentary on
policy and trade developments in his column Inside Washington Today. Also
while at ProFarmer, he was the Washington editor for Oster Communication's
ProFarmer newletter and Futures magazine. Mr. Wiesemeyer also was the
Washington bureau chief for Futures World News (FWN), formerly owned by Oster.
Prior to ProFarmer, he was a Washington editor with Doane's Agricultural
Report and Washington editor and managing editor of the Washington Farmletter.
Mr. Wiesemeyer received his bachelor of arts degree in history from Southern
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Rob D. Murphy,
Vice President. Dr. Murphy's duties include livestock and red meat
research, price analyses, and the design and implementation of margin risk
management systems. Much of his work focuses on methods of measuring and
mitigating price risk exposures across a variety of commodities. Prior to
joining Informa Economics, he was an economist in the research department at the Chicago
Mercantile Exchange where he was responsible for maintenance of the CME's Live
Cattle futures contract. He was involved in futures contract design issues,
particularly the use of cash settlements in agricultural futures markets. He
received his bachelor's degree in animal science and his master's degree in
agricultural economics, both from Louisiana State University, and his
doctorate in agricultural and applied economics from Virginia Tech,
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Ken A. Eriksen, Senior Vice President, Transportation.
Mr. Eriksen is responsible for
transportation research, service and consulting with the barge, rail and bulk
commodity industries. Prior to joining Informa Economics, Mr. Eriksen worked for the US
Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service as an
agricultural statistician. In that capacity, he conducted national surveys and
set national estimates on chemical use in agriculture, oversaw the genetically
modified organism and biotechnology NASS data, and released the annual Pest
Management Practices report for the Integrated Pest Management program. Also
while at USDA, he worked for the Agricultural Marketing Service on its
transportation and marketing program, conducting research and analysis on
domestic and international transportation issues. Specifically, he did grain
transportation modal share analysis and analyzed the ocean freight market. Mr.
Eriksen also worked as an international longshoreman for the Pacific Maritime
Association in Tacoma, Washington. He received his bachelor’s and master’s
degrees in agribusiness and agricultural economics from Washington State
University. While working on his master’s degree there, Mr. Eriksen was a
transportation economist for the Department of Agricultural Economics,
performing economic transportation data analysis and modeling.
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