Advisory Council on Agriculture, Small Business and Labor

The purpose of the Council is to promote communication between the Chicago Fed and representatives from agriculture, small business and labor sectors in the Seventh Federal Reserve District.



The Council members serve a two-year term and meet twice a year to provide their views on current business conditions to Chicago Fed President Charles Evans and other senior officials of the Bank. Input from Council members on regional economic conditions helps contribute to the Federal Reserve System's formulation of national monetary policy.


Advisory Council members are nominated by individuals and organizations representing a broad cross-section of the Midwest economy. The half-day Council meetings are moderated by President Evans and other Chicago Fed officials.

Council Members

Paul Anderson
Paul Anderson
Chief Credit Officer
GreenStone Farm Credit Services
East Lansing, MI
Renaye Manley

Renaye Manley
International Representative
Service Employees International Union
Chicago, IL
George Arida
George Arida
Managing Director
Venture Investors, LLC
Madison, WI
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Doug Martin
Martin Family Farms
Mt. Pulaski, IL
Rhandi Berth
Rhandi Berth
Vice President
Wisconsin Regional Training Partnership
Milwaukee, WI
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Sergio Mazza
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
American Surgical Centers, Inc.
Roseville, MI
George Corona
George Corona
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Kelly Services, Inc.
Troy, MI
Dave Nelson

Dave Nelson
Nelson Famly Farms
Fort Dodge, IA
Diane Oberhelman
Diane Cullinan Oberhelman
Chairman and Founding Partner
Cullinan Properties, Ltd.
Peoria, IL
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John T. Pagel
Pagel's Ponderosa Dairy, LLC
Kewaunee, WI
Steve Erlebacher
Steve Erlebacher
Vice President of Analytics     
Wiley Education Services
Oak Brook, IL
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Scott R. Peterson
President, Harbor Group &
Chief Financial Officer, Interstates Companies
Sioux Center, IA
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Harold Force
Force Construction Company, Inc.
Columbus, IN

Rick Tuttle
Prospect Partners, LLC
Chicago, IL

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Terrence Healy
Special Assistant to the General President and Vice President
Laborers’ International Union of North America
Chicago, IL
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David J. Ward
Chief Executive Officer
NorthStar Consulting Group, LLC
Sturgeon Bay, WI
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Jack Kelly
Senior Consultant
DPT Solutions, Inc.
Grand Rapids, MI
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Andrew Warrington
United Conveyor Corporation
Waukegan, IL
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Birgit M. Klohs
President and Chief Executive Officer
The Right Place, Inc
Grand Rapids, MI
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Ray Waters
Detroit Development Fund
Detroit, MI
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Kevin Knapp
Chief Financial Officer
CareerBuilder LLC
Chicago, IL
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Lori A. Weyers
Northcentral Technical College
Wausau, WI
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Curt Lansbery
President and Chief Executive Officer
North American Tool Corp.
South Beloit, IL