February 19, 2007 16:54 ET

Jim Hoyt named GROWMARK vice president

BLOOMINGTON, ILLINOIS--(CCNMatthews - Feb. 19, 2007) - Jim Hoyt has been named vice president of strategic planning and corporate services for GROWMARK, Inc. He replaces Vern McGinnis who retired after 42 years of service to the GROWMARK System.

Hoyt is responsible for providing overall direction for the GROWMARK strategic planning process and for supervising and providing leadership to the directors of Human Resources, Corporate Communications & Marketing Services, Government Affairs, the Flight Operations manager, and an executive assistant.

In making the announcement, GROWMARK CEO Bill Davisson said, "Jim's abilities and experience in the GROWMARK System enable him to bring a unique perspective to the responsibilities of his new position."

Hoyt's service with the GROWMARK System spans more than 35 years. He has held a variety of marketing and member services management positions, most recently as the Northern Region manager working with GROWMARK members in Wisconsin and northern Illinois.

Previously, Hoyt served as GROWMARK's executive director of Canadian Operations. During that time, he was elected by the Canadian Co-operative Association's Ontario Region members to serve as their chair, and later became an executive member of the national association, encouraging international and domestic co-operative development. He also completed four volunteer assignments in Eastern Europe with ACDI/VOCA, and traveled to Uganda with the Canadian Co-operative Development Foundation.

Hoyt is a native of La Porte City, Iowa, and as a student was state president of the Iowa FFA. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in marketing.

He began his professional career with a GROWMARK member in Iowa. During his time in Iowa, he also served as the school board chairman of Dowling High School.

Formerly residents of Des Moines, he and his wife Pat live in Bloomington, Ill. They have three grown children who live in the Des Moines area.

GROWMARK, Inc., based in Bloomington, Ill., is a regional cooperative providing agriculture-related products and services and grain marketing in the Midwest. FS brand farm supplies and related services are marketed to farmers in the northeastern United States and Ontario, Canada through local GROWMARK member cooperatives, and by GROWMARK subsidiaries. More information is available at

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