Management Team

​Ag Growth International (AGI) offers unparalleled expertise. With countless hours in the field, we've learned what farmers and commercial producers need to become their most profitable.

AGI's International Sales Team, along with the experts from our divisions, offer an unprecedented level of industry experience. Supported by a talented group of engineers, logistic specialists and a growing catalogue of trusted brands, our team provides customer support from concept design to systems installation.

Please visit our "contact" page for sales contact information.

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Tim Close, CFA
​President & CEO



Tim is an experienced financial and corporate advisor with significant expertise related to business development, capital raising and mergers and acquisition. In October 2015, AGI announced Tim's appointment to the CEO position effective January 2016.

Steve Sommerfeld, CA
Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

Steve joined AGI in 1997 and has provided financial guidance and general business leadership as the Company grew organically and through business acquisitions. He is a Chartered Accountant and has several years of past experience working for international accounting firms.

Craig Wilson 
Senior Vice President, Human Resources

An experienced and passionate HR executive, Craig has a successful  track record of initiating and leading change in organizations through the development and implementation of value added HR processes and solutions. Before joining AGI in 2015, Craig was Vice President of Human Resources for the world’s leading Omega-3 fish oil processor of dietary supplements and  food ingredients.

Nicolle Parker
Senior Vice President, ​Finance & Integration

Nicolle joined AGI in 2000, and has led numerous financial integrations amongst all of the AGI divisions. She is a CMA and has over 15 years of financial controller manufacturing experience.


       
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Dan Donner 
Senior Vice President, Commercial

Dan's background includes experience and education in the areas of agriculture, sales and commercial lending. He has been with AGI since 2004 and continues to be instrumental in the successful development of AGI's international business.

George Vis 
Vice President, Commercial Operations (North America)

George joined AGI and the Management Team in late 2015 with the acquisition of G.J. Vis Enterprises, a company he co-founded with Jim Vis in May of 2000. As a result of his extensive background in successfully building commercial material handling enterprises, George was appointed Vice President, Commercial Operations (North America) in September 2016.


Ron Braun
Senior Vice President, Farm

 Ron Braun has had a long-standing career in agriculture led by lean principles and operational precision. Continuously guided by the voice of our customers and strong industry, product and market knowledge, Braun has helped establish the AGI farm portfolio as a leading and innovative product line with agriculture today. Among his significant previous positions within AGI, Ron served as General Manager of Westfield Industries, VP Portable Grain Handling and most recently transitioned into his current role as Senior Vice President, Farm in 2015. 

Paul Brisebois
Vice President, Farm


Originally from Saskatoon, Mr. Brisebois holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Saskatchewan. Paul has over 20 years of agri-sales and marketing experience, leading many strategic marketing and sales growth initiatives and teams. Joining AGI in 2012, Paul has brought extensive global sales, marketing and business development knowledge to the business. In addition to this, he is a creative thinker and a consummate team player who takes time to understand the business and needs of the customer.
Since August 2014, Paul has served on the Brett Young Seeds Ltd. Board of Directors and coaches youth hockey.

       
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Shane Knutson
Vice President, International Sales

Since 1998, Shane has worked closely with farmers, dealers and distributors from around the world to assist with modernizing and mechanizing their agricultural operations. His passion for international business has facilitated and established the AGI brand portfolio; as a globally recognized, leading and innovative product line within agriculture.  Most of his time is spent traveling internationally building strong working relationships and meeting with AGI’s customers on location. Shane holds both a Bachelor degree in Business Administration (BBA) and a Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of North Dakota.

Gurcan Kocdag
Vice President, Global  Manufacturing 


Gurcan graduated from Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey in 1979, he is an industrial engineer with over thirty years of manufacturing, business development and consulting experience. Gurcan also served on CME's (Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters) national board for four years.

Jim Vis
Vice President, ​Global Engineering

As Vice President, Global Engineering, Jim Vis, oversees the engineering application and requirements for all the AGI commercial units. Since joining AGI in later 2015, with the acquisition of G. J. Vis Enterprises, Jim has used his experience as a professional engineer and deep understanding of industrial material handling equipment to deliver the best solutions for our customers, from first contact through to post sales support. Prior to joining AGI, Jim was Vice President and Co-owner of G.J. Vis Enterprises. A company he co-founded in 2000. 

Craig Nimegeers
Vice President, Engineering - Portable Handling & Conditioning

Craig began consulting with AGI in 1999 and joined the company full-time in 2005. Craig obtained his B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Saskatchewan in 1991 and has worked with agricultural equipment for over 20 years.

 

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Ryan Kipp
Vice President, Legal

Joining AGI in 2016, Ryan is responsible for AGI’s legal and regulatory affairs.  Holding degrees in business administration and law, Ryan previously practiced law with a prominent national law firm and with the world’s largest energy company.