Join UK MANRRS on February 10 from 6-8 pm for our Spring 2021 Career Fair. This event is open to all students within the College of Agriculture, Food, and Environment. Learn about internships and full-time opportunities as you network your way into the future. The fair will begin with each company giving a short pitch to the group, followed by breakout rooms where you can learn more about the different employers and their open positions.

Learn more about the companies and representatives that will be present with us. 

Bayer is a Life Science company with a more than 150-year history and core competencies in the areas of health care and agriculture. With our innovative products, we are contributing to finding solutions to some of the major challenges of our time.

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With a vision of Growing for Good, our mission is to inspire human connections. We are driven by the entrepreneurial spirit that built Beam for more than two centuries and guides Beam Suntory as a world leader in premium spirits today. Inspired by our parent company Suntory’s “Yatte Minahare!” spirit of dreaming big, our objective is to be the world’s most admired, fastest-growing premium spirits company.

Angela Brandford-Stevenson MSHRD, PHR, SHRM-CP - Senior Human Resources Business Partner with Beam Suntory, spearheads hiring initiatives and people development that foster and increase diversity and inclusion in the workplace.  Angela has over 10 years of training development, organizational development, and human resources experience.

Angela hold degrees from both Purdue University and Xavier University.  She is currently working on her doctorate in Leadership Studies.  Through Angela’s involvement with various community organizations she been blessed with multiple opportunities to give back t the community through fundraising, mentorship, and leader development.

Angela is passionate about increasing student access to STEM education and has participated in events that ensure young children are exposed to social, cultural, and civic opportunities to help stimulate their growth and development.  In her free time, Angela enjoys traveling and spending quality time with her family. 

Eric Schuetzler - Vice President – Global R&D for Beam Suntory, the world’s 3rd largest premium spirits company, based in Chicago, IL. In this role he is responsible for Beam Suntory's Global Research & Development team which includes RTD & Flavored Spirits Development, Applied Technical Research, Sensory, Regulatory and Project & Portfolio Management. Eric and the team of 60+ professionals across Chicago, Kentucky, Madrid, Scotland, Australia & Singapore bring Innovation and Renovation projects and products to life from seed to sip, across all categories and brands in support of Beam Suntory’s $4B+ NSV product portfolio.

In previous roles at Beam Suntory, since 2012, he directly led R&D Product Development function and the Global Project Management organization. Over the years, he and his teams have developed and launched products around the globe such as Jim Beam Double Oak Bourbon, the flavored Jim Beam line, dozens of Ready-to-Drink products, Canadian Club 100% Rye and many others.

Eric joined Beam Suntory in 2012, following an almost 10-year career in Research & Development at The Clorox Company, a household & personal care products company, in Oakland, CA.  He last served as Group Manager, Cleaning Product Innovation with responsibility for pipeline product research and development across the $1.5B+ home care business. Earlier in his career with the company, he served in a number of R&D development and leadership positions with increasing responsibility including roles across Product, Process and Packaging development.

He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Packaging from Michigan State University located in East Lansing, MI.

Kirk Shoemaker- Director of Strategy & Productivity, Global Business Services

Global Business Services (GBS) manages a wide range of finance support functions for Beam Suntory operations across the world.  GBS team members provide transactional and analytical services from offices in the US, Mexico, Spain, India, and Singapore.  As head of strategy and productivity, he manages a team of project managers that implement technology and business process solutions to support GBS.  Kirk joined Beam Suntory in 2013 as Global Credit Manager.  Kirk has a background in financial management and is Lean Six Sigma certified.

Andy Slater - Vice President, Global Procurement and Supply Chain Strategy. 

He transitioned into this role Q2 of 2020. As lead for Global Procurement, Andy is responsible for Sourcing over $2Bn of goods and services each year.  In his Strategy role, Andy overseas the development of BSI’s multi-year Supply Chain strategy inclusive of cost evolution, capability building and environmental sustainability.

Prior to his current role, Andy was VP Supply Chain Strategic Projects, responsible for implementing Project Bluegrass, our Kentucky transformation program, and overseeing the Global Supply Chain effort behind the Jim Beam re-design. In the roll of VP Global

Supply Chain Strategy, he was responsible for developing the ongoing strategic agenda for the Supply Chain and managing the overall coordination of the net-zero inflation roadmap. In addition, he was responsible for large strategic initiatives for the Supply Chain team, such as, the international Suntory integration planning, the Brazilian strategic partnership development & Project Phoenix – the Frankfort efficiency plan from 2013.  

Andy joined Beam in September 2009 as a Director of Strategy & Corporate Development.  In that role he led the Global Strategic Planning process, oversaw integration efforts of Skinnygirl, Cooley & Suntory and served on the EMEA leadership team as the key strategic resource for the region.

Prior to joining Beam, Andy spent 3 years at the Boston Consulting Group – New York Office.  At BCG, he led several projects in the Wine & Spirits industry, including extensive work on US distribution and Supplier / Distributor relationships.  Andy also spent 4 years at General Mills as a financial analyst in various division finance roles and on the corporate development team, with a focus on M&A.

Andy, his wife Meredith, and his three children, 6-year-old twins, Holland (girl) and Avery (boy), and 4-year-old Mick (boy) relocated to KY in July of 2015.  Andy holds a BA in Economics from Yale University and an MBA from Columbia University.  Outside of the office, Andy’s attention is largely focused on his family, along with the joys and chaos, of parenting three young children!  Andy will squeeze in time for skiing and fly fishing when possible.  He is also a former high school lacrosse coach with hopes of someday freeing up enough time to come out of retirement and roam the sidelines again.

Kevin Smith - Vice President Kentucky Bourbon Affairs is a 32-year veteran of Kentucky’s signature bourbon industry and has worked for several of the top distilleries in the state.  A 22-year resident of Nelson County, he is currently employed by Beam Suntory (Jim Beam / Maker’s Mark) in Clermont, KY, and works with state, local, and civic leaders throughout the regional area in corporate public affairs.

Kevin is currently serving on several boards in Kentucky including the Kentucky Chamber Executive Board as the Chairman of the Kentucky Chamber Foundation and is a member of the Kentucky Chamber Workforce Board. Kevin is also on the Governors Kentucky Workforce Innovation Board (KWIB) and was recently selected as the board Chairman.  He is currently Chairman of the CHI Flaget Memorial Hospital Foundation Board, Chairman of the Japan American Society of Kentucky (JASK) Board, a member of the Kentucky Distillers Association (KDS) Board of Directors, the Board of Directors for Greater Louisville Inc. (GLI), and the Kentucky Tourism Industry Association (KTIA) Board of Directors. 


Previously Kevin worked in the manufacturing and supply chain side of the bourbon business as Director of Operations / Plant Manager for Jim Beam and Vice President / Master Distiller for Maker’s Mark where with the direction of Bill Samuels he created Maker’s 46, the company’s first innovation since the original product in1953.  In addition to manufacturing he has also

Connie Wheat, PHR, SHRM-CP   – Sr. Human Resources Operations Specialsit

Connie has 20+ years of Human Resources experience, 18 years in the Automotive Industry, 2 years in State Government and 7 years in the Spirits Industry working at Beam Suntory Inc. Connie has extensive knowledge and experience working in Benefits Administration, Recruiting & Onboarding, Employee Training, Multi State and Federal Labor Law Compliance, HRIS systems administration, Employee Relations and various HR program implementations. The past 2 years Connie has spent a lot of time focusing on projects geared towards increasing diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

Connie enjoys spending time with her family. She has been married to her husband Tony for 17 years. They have a 10-year old son and 14-year old daughter that keep them very busy with sports and other extra activities.

At Elanco, we provide those who raise and care for animals with the products and services that empower them to address global challenges.

Shermika Duerson, MBA, is the Director of the Administrative Service Center for Elanco. She has worked in agriculture for 15 years in industry at Elanco in Greenfield, Indiana. Her experience spans from Operations Manager to Supplier Relationship Manager. Her career has also allowed her to follow her passion as a campus recruiter where she networks with students and professionals across the United States which opens the door for mentoring, coaching, and public speaking. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Johnson C. Smith University and her graduate degree from Indiana Wesleyan University. She resides in Indianapolis, Indiana with her family.

Entering his ninth year with Elanco Animal Health, Tom Heady is the Leader for Campus Recruiting at Elanco’s global headquarters in Greenfield, Indiana. 

Tom’s career has focused on the human resources field, having worked for Elanco’s former parent company, Eli Lilly, in Career Development, Corporate Recruiting and line HR.  He has had additional assignments in Lilly’s Alliance Management and Global Congress Management groups.  Prior to this, he worked for Hewlett Packard, in student development at Purdue University and for the Burroughs Corporation, now called Unisys. 

Tom has a B.S. in Management and an M.S. in Counseling and Personnel Services, both from Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana. 

Tom and his wife, Lisa, have six children and four grandchildren; they enjoy family activities on and around their mini-farm in rural Indiana, and serve as parent volunteers for several of their youngest son’s high school activities.

Entering her third year with Elanco Animal Health, Caroline Rodgers leads the Supply Chain Animal Health Network supporting the manufacturing sites across the world.

Caroline’s career has been supply chain as well as commercial focused. Beginning her career at Nike where she focused on global branding and marketing across all omni-channels. She later switched directions joining the pharmaceutical industry with Elanco. She previously worked in the life cycle management where she was responsible looking after launches and rationalizations. Most recently she took on a new position balancing supply and demand signals to our manufacturing sites that impact all countries Elanco sells product to.

Caroline has a B.S in Supply Chain Management and Marketing from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

Caroline enjoys spending time outdoors visiting national parks, skiing, and running in her few time.

Marcus Tyler Jr. is a U.S. Pet Health representative at Elanco Animal Health.  He dedicates his efforts by providing the veterinarians of Virginia with the best medicine, expertise, and service to enrich the human-animal bond.

Aside from his core focus, Tyler acts as the Recruiting Captain for the University of Maryland Eastern-shore for Elanco.

Prior to Elanco, Tyler was active at his alma mater, serving as a student ambassador at the University of Kentucky- College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Economics.  

Throughout his collected experiences, Tyler has cultivated under industry leaders, replicated frameworks for aspiring professionals, recruited and preserved diversity through program initiatives, and continues to better the expansion of student professional development.

Farm Credit Mid-America is a financial services cooperative and has served the credit needs of farmers and rural residents across Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee for over a century. Backed by the strength of more than 80,000 customers and $25 billion in assets, Farm Credit Mid-America provides loans for real estate, operating, equipment, housing and related services such as crop insurance and vehicle, equipment and building leases.

Josh Southerling, Credit Analyst (Retail Credit Underwriting)

Joshua Southerling is a Credit Analyst with Farm Credit Mid-America and started his career with the organization as a summer intern in 2011. He is from Radcliff, KY, which is a military community about an hour south of Louisville. Joshua is a University of Kentucky alum where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Economics. He also holds a Master of Business Administration from Louisiana State University- Shreveport. He is a past UK MANRRS Chapter Vice President and a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. When not at work he loves to travel and experiencing new cultures, particularly the food, as he is a self-proclaimed “foodie”.

Jamie Swaim, Assistant Vice President Human Resources

As the leader of the HR team for Farm Credit Mid-America Jamie Swaim, AVP of Human Resources does more than hiring and paychecks. Jamie and her team pride themselves as supporters of all candidates and team members from pre-hire to retire. Jamie is an experienced HR leader, problem solver, and culture advocate.  Driven by the Association’s purpose to secure the future of rural communities and Agriculture, Jamie’s band of professionals work daily providing the best employee experience for all employees. They focus on what talent the Association will need in the future to continue its purpose, and what the Association will need to provide to attract and retain that talent. In her 20+ years of HR experience, Jamie has experience in many facets of HR to include systems and process improvement, employee relations, benefits, compensation, recruitment, and payroll.  She also enjoys playing pool, throwing darts, eating Mexican food, and enjoying pop culture that makes her laugh.

Indigo improves grower profitability, environmental sustainability, and consumer health through the use of natural microbiology and digital technologies. Alongside growers and buyers, we are building a system responsive to demands for high quality and sustainably produced food and fiber. Indigo develops biological and digital technologies that improve grower profitability, environmental sustainability, and consumer health. These technologies underpin its pioneering business model, which spans agriculture’s full value chain.

La’Toya Lacey is high-energy and fast paced with vision, passion, and zeal to help people find their career path. She approaches challenges by crafting unique solutions that get results. She’s spent most of her career as a corporate recruiter and has developed a love for helping underrepresented groups navigate corporate America. As a dedicated change-maker and advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusion, her goal is to always create high impact and sustainable change.

Sylvester “Big Kat” Miller II is a 2008 graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment with a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Economics. He is a former member of the University of Kentucky Football, member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Incorporated and Prince Hall Affiliated Freemasons. Sylvester left UK after 2003 season to pursue his dreams of playing football after college and returned to finish his degree in 2008. Mr. Miller career before joining Indigo Ag back in April 2019 included working for Syngenta, Novozymes, Monsanto and BAYER. He serves at the Senior Strategic Account Manager for US Microbials at Indigo Ag. He has been successful in an industry that has seen voids and challenges in diversity, equity, and inclusion, particularly in the field roles. Throughout his years working in Agriculture, he has been recognized by Cambridge as a Who’s Who among Agricultural Professionals, Agricultural Professional of the Year, Outstanding Agricultural VIP, UK Torch of Excellence Award Winner, and Farm Foundation Young Agri-Food Leader. He is involved in developing the next generation of Agricultural Leaders through his work with the National Societies MANRRS, Farm Foundation, and FFA. He has served on multiple boards with my most recent being Make-A-Wish Foundation. He currently serves as Vice President of UK MANRRS Alumni Affiliate Network and National MANRRS Alumni Officer.

Merck Animal Health is a research-driven company that develops, manufactures and markets a broad range of veterinary medicines and services. We offer one of the industry’s most innovative portfolios, spanning products for the prevention, treatment and control of disease in all major farm and companion animal species.

Anthony joined Merck Animal Health’s HR team on February 24th 2020 as the HR Business Partner for Merck US Livestock team, US Strategy and Business and our US Veterinary & Consumer Affairs leadership teams.  

Anthony previously worked for Hill’s Pet Nutrition in Topeka KS as the HR Business partner supporting their US Commercial organization. Prior to Hill’s, he held roles as HR Manager at Ricoh, Thermo Fisher Scientific and AGC Glass. He has a BA in Psychology/Business from Missouri State University and both a MA in Human Resources Management and a MBA from Webster University. 

The Peace Corps is a service opportunity for motivated changemakers to immerse themselves in a community abroad, working side by side with local leaders to tackle the most pressing challenges of our generation.

Carlos Jean-Baptiste is the Regional Peace Corps Recruiter based in Cincinnati.  He has experience working in the sectors of education, health, economic development, and post-disaster response domestically and abroad.  He is passionate about helping early professionals develop their careers.  Carlos holds a Master of Community Planning from the University of Cincinnati.

As a Harvard MBA student in the early 1990’s, John Rice began delving into the reasons why there were few other students there who looked like him.  He developed a thesis for a nonprofit organization that would provide the training, coaching and networks that traditionally have been unavailable to minorities.  In 2002, after a successful career at Disney and the National Basketball Association, John left the private sector to found the organization he first envisioned in business school: Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT).

Angie Temming has positioned hundreds of college students for their next step as a Coach for MLT’s Career Prep Program (CP). CPis an 18-month professional development fellowship for students of color graduating in fall 2022 or spring/summer 2023 interested in business (any major welcome). Featured in Fortune, Business Week and on CNN Black in America, CP fellows engage in seminars, network with student leaders from 150+ universities and have an opportunity to work for one of 50+ prestigious MLT partners, like Google, Bain, Nike, Deloitte, LinkedIn, BCG, Goldman Sachs, Target, Disney, etc.

The University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service provides practical education you can trust to help people, businesses, and communities solve problems, develop skills, and build a better future.The Cooperative Extension Service serves Kentucky in the areas of Farms, Garden and Environment; Nutrition, Family and Homes; 4-H Youth Development; and Community and Economic Development.

Kelly Jordan is the Extension Retention Coordinator in the Extension Personnel Department for the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service.