April 20, 2016

20/04/2016: Ardent Mills VP and Operations Lead elected IAOM President

Brad Allen, vice president and operations lead for Ardent Mills in Denver, Colorado, became the 112th president of the International Association of Operative Millers (IAOM) at the Association’s 120th annual conference and expo on April 7, in Columbus, Ohio.

Highlighting the importance of safety in the workplace and the importance that the message be industry-wide, Mr Allen announced the theme for his presidency: “Zero is the Goal.”

He also stressed an important secondary theme that focuses on the development and training of a new generation of millers to replace the anticipated 50 percent of the workforce that will retire within the next decade.

Mr Allen has been an active member of IAOM since 1996. He served as a member of the IAOM Employee Relations Committee from 2002-2015. From 2015-16 Mr Allen served as president of the International Milling Education Foundation (IMEF), a philanthropic partner of IAOM that funds a variety of educational programs related to the grain milling industry.

Mr Allen is a native of Independence, Missouri. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration at Central Missouri State University, in Warrensburg, Missouri, and an executive MBA from Washington University in St Louis, Missouri. In 1981 he joined Cargill Animal Nutrition. Over the subsequent 14 years, he held several management positions in Minneapolis, Minnesota; Winnipeg, Manitoba; and Mentone, Indiana, for Cargill.

In 1996 he joined ConAgra Mills as an operations manager for their flour milling operations in Alton, Illinois; Chester Illinois; and North Kansas City, Missouri plants. From 2000-2014, Mr Allen served as vice president of manufacturing for ConAgra Mills. In 2014 he was appointed vice president and operations lead for Ardent Mills – a premier flour milling company that combines the operations of ConAgra Mills and Horizon Milling, a Cargill-CHS joint venture. Mr Allen is also a member of AIB International’s board of trustees.

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