Leading Sunrise Cooperative is President and Chief Executive Officer George D. Secor. Sunrise is the leading agriculture and energy cooperative in Ohio, which spans from Lake Erie to the Ohio River.
With a strong vision in mind, George began to build what would become Sunrise in 1996 when he became the CEO of Country Spring Farmers Co-op. In 2007, they merged with Sunrise Cooperative and began to operate under the Sunrise name, before merging with Country Star Cooperative in 2009. Sunrise reached its current footprint with a merger with Trupointe Cooperative in 2016.
A 1980 Willard High School graduate, George earned a degree in ag econ from The Ohio State University in 1985. He spent his summers doing internships with Ohio Farmers Grain & Supply, a regional cooperative in Ohio. Upon graduation from college, George secured a spot in the management trainee program of CountryMark, Inc., which was the merger of two regional cooperatives in Ohio, Farmers Grain & Supply and Landmark. George worked in the program for five years before being named the CEO of Ada Farmers Exchange, a position he held until 1996.
George has three children, a son-in-law and three grandchildren.
Leading the sales efforts across the divisions is Vice President of Sales Bill Bever. Bill previously served as the Agronomy Sales Manager at Sunrise.
Bill began at Sunrise as an Agronomy Sales Consultant in 1997 and has also held the role of Agronomy Division Manager. He also spent some time as the Grain and Agronomy Area Manager at Town and Country Co-op (2004-06). Bill’s professional experience began on his family farm, Hill and Valley Farm from 1989-1997. He earned a bachelor of science degree in agricultural systems management in 1994 from The Ohio State University.
Bill and his wife, Stacey reside in Norwalk, Ohio. The Bever family includes children; Cody, Joey, Emily, Mascie, Josh, Jake and Emmie, as well two grandchildren. In his free time, Bill enjoys spending time with family, attending the kids sporting events, camping and working on the family farm.
Serving Sunrise Cooperative as the Vice President of Strategic Initiatives is Andy Crump. Prior to Sunrise, Andy held the same role at Trupointe Cooperative.
Along with his time at Trupointe, Andy has experience in Business Operations Planning, Strategic Pricing, Financial Analysis and Sales Operations at LexisNexis. Andy also served as Finance Manager at Contech Construction Products and began his career as an accountant, auditor and analyst on a contractual basis. He earned his MBA from Xavier University and a B.S in finance from Wright State University.
Andy resides in Beavercreek, Ohio with his wife, Angie, and their children, Allie and Brody. He enjoys spending time with his family, attending his children’s sporting activities and outdoor activities.
Scott Frey will oversee the grain division as Vice President of Grain. Scott joined Sunrise Cooperative in July of 2023.
Scott has a long history with agriculture spending summers in Van Wert County on his grandparents’ farm and participating in 4-H. He attended the University of Toledo and graduated with his Bachelor of Arts and MBA. He then spent 14 years at the Anderson’s starting as a Grain Buyer and Truck Transportation. After a few years, Scott transitioned to the Merchandising Team, eventually becoming a Senior Sales and Merchandising Manager. Scott moved from the Anderons to Agrex where he was the Eastern Rail Merchant trading domestic corn to the southeast and export soybeans through the Port of Mobile, Alabama.
Scott resides in Bowling Green, Ohio with his wife Allison, daughter, Addi, and son, Ethan. He loves to spend time with his family, swimming in the pond in the back yard, or when loading up the camper for a fun family trip.
Jason Kamann serves as the Vice President of Energy at Sunrise Cooperative. He has served in his current role since 2015.
Landing a place in the energy division at Sunrise began through the feed mill and delivering propane. He went on to operating an air machine in agronomy for three years before serving as an Energy Sales Consultant and Sales Manager. Before his time at Sunrise, Jason worked for Seven Limers in their blacktop division.
Jason and his wife, Mindy, live in Monroeville, Ohio. The Kamann family includes four sons, Hunter (18), Cole, Kiptyn and Beckett. Jason stays busy watching his sons activities, coaching football, hunting and fishing.
Vice President of Agronomy is Jerry Miller. Jerry began in the cooperative system at the age of 18 and has never left. He has served as the VP of Agronomy for the last 11 years.
During his tenure in the cooperative system, Jerry has served in numerous capacities including: Custom Applicator, Branch Bookkeeper, Agronomy Sales, Branch Manager, Hub Manager, Sales Manager, Agronomy Manager and VP of Agronomy.
Jerry and his wife, Debbie, reside in Willard, Ohio. When not at Sunrise he enjoys spending time with his wife Debbie. He also finds time to travel, as well as takes time to take his boat out on the lake. Jerry is an avid Ohio sports fan. He is no stranger to Cavs, Indians, Browns and Buckeye football and basketball games.
Serving Sunrise Cooperative as the CFO is Anthony Myers. Anthony joined Sunrise Cooperative in May 2017 as an Accounting Controller and was named CFO in February 2019.
Anthony earned a B.S. Degree in both accounting and marketing from Bowling Green State University in 2009, along with earning the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) credentials in 2011. Upon graduating from BGSU Anthony moved to San Diego, California where he worked for a public accounting firm until 2012. In 2012 he moved back to Ohio and worked in public accounting until he joined Sunrise.
Anthony resides in Vermilion, Ohio with his wife Brittany, and children Sawyer and Avery. In his free time, Anthony enjoys running, tacos, getting outside and being with my family.
Overseeing marketing and event planning at Sunrise Cooperative is Vice President of Marketing Morgan Niedermier. Morgan previously directed agronomy marketing and administration efforts at Sunrise.
Morgan earned a M.S. degree in communications and information systems in 2006 from Robert Morris University, along with a B.S. in sport studies, minor in marketing, in 2004 from St. John Fisher College. Her background consists of marketing, media relations, website oversight and event planning. She began her professional career as Sports Information Director (2006-2011) at Heidelberg University before joining the Sunrise team as an Agronomy Administrative Assistant in 2011.
A resident of Attica, Ohio, Morgan and her husband, Derek, have two daughters, Adalyn and Kailyn. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, watching OSU, Cleveland CAVS and Indians games, while staying active herself.
Serving as Administrative Assistant for Sunrise Cooperative is Laura Nold, a position she has held since 2009.
Laura’s professional background is multi-faceted, including experience in grain accounting at Country Star Cooperative (2008), and knowledge of data entry and experience as a Customer Service Manager at Carlisle Engineered Products. Her professional career began at MTD in the order entry department and as an Assistant to Department Manager.
She resides in Shelby, Ohio with her husband, Jeff, and they have a son, Curtis. Laura earned an Associate’s Degree in business management from North Central State College. In her spare time, Laura enjoys reading, crafts, home remodeling and spending time with her family and friends.
Gary Snell serves as the Vice President of Operations of Sunrise Cooperative. Prior to the fall of 2016, Gary held the same position at Trupointe Cooperative.
Gary gained experience in operations through his time as a Crop Protection and Crop Nutrient Manger at Southwest Landmark, along with time spent at Terra Inc. as a Custom Applicator and Location Manager. He began his career as a District Seed Manager for Super Cross Seeds. Gary was involved in production agriculture until 2002 which touched corn, soybeans, cattle, hogs and sheep.
A native of Jamestown, Ohio, Gary and his wife, Shelly, have three sons, Adam, Andrew and Trenton. In his spare time, Gary enjoys spending time with family, golfing, sports in general and fishing.