Speakers Brian Rice and Peter Turk will share their share their journey as entrepreneurs launching an AgTech company with expertise in dairy price risk management.
Brian Rice is the founder and Co-Owner of Rice Dairy LLC, a dairy brokerage firm in Chicago, IL. He started his career as an order clerk for First American Corp. and a trader for the Iowa Grain Company before founding Rice Dairy in 2002. Seventeen years later, Rice Dairy LLC is now the leading brokerage firm in the dairy industry, offering consulting and brokerage services along with information products and educational resources. Rice is also the CEO of Vault Technologies, a dairy software business and the Co-Owner of Rice Dairy Risk Services LLC, an insurance agency for dairy. He sits on the Cheese Board for International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) and is a member of the American Dairy Products Institute’s (ADPI) price and policy task force. Outside of work, Brian and his wife Mindi keep busy raising their three daughters outside of Chicago.
Peter Turk is the Co-Owner of Rice Dairy LLC, a dairy brokerage firm in Chicago IL. Turk started his career in the commodities industry at Staley Commodities, an agricultural clearing firm. He served a variety of roles in the industry, including most notably as Principal and Vice President of Sales and Business Development for Iowa Grain Company, before joining Rice Dairy in 2005. During the past ten years at Rice Dairy, Turk and co-owner Brian Rice have grown the company into the leading brokerage firm in the dairy industry, offering consulting and brokerage services along with information products and educational resources. Turk is also the co-director of Rice Dairy International Ltd., a Partner at Vault Technologies, a dairy software start-up, and a Principal of Dairy Opportunities, an award-winning investment management firm. He has a strong background in agricultural markets and a successful track record in operational improvement and new business development.