Leadership and Staff

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Gary C. Martin, President & CEO


Gary C. Martin has served since June of 2000 as President and Chief Executive Officer of the North American Export Grain Association (NAEGA).  Since 2014 he has served as the President of the International Grain Trade Coalition.   In addition, his many industry leadership activities include service as a Co-chair of U.S. Food and Agriculture Dialog for Trade Agreements, and a Co-Chair of the Canada-U.S. Grain and Seed Trade Task Group.  

Before assuming the presidency of NAEGA, Gary was a NAEGA Board Director and officer, representing Farmland Industries, Inc. At Farmland he had several responsibilities including Director of Trade and International Relations, Director of Grain Marketing, and Founder and President of Farmland Graños in Mexico. From 1990 to 1992 Mr. Martin served the Administration of George H.W. Bush at the US Department of Agriculture as Deputy Administrator of Commodity Operations and as an officer of the Commodity Credit Corporation. In the first year of the Clinton Administration, from 1992 to 1993, he served as an advisor to the Special Ambassador to the former Soviet Union at the U.S. Department of State.

Gary earned a B.Sc. in Agricultural Economics, with highest honors, from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. He is also a graduate of the University of Missouri, Institute of Cooperative Leadership, and has graduate studies in International Transactions at the George Mason University.

Gary and his wife Denise reside in Ashburn, Virginia USA.

Patrick Hayden, Director of Operations
Patrick Hayden returned to NAEGA as Director of Operations in 2019, a position he previously held from 2007-2013.

Following his first tenure at NAEGA, Patrick spent 4 years as Director of Policy Advocacy for Food &Agriculture and Retail trade at the U.S.-India Business Council (USIBC). While at USIBC, Patrick led three missions to India designed to strengthen the food and agricultural trade ties between the U.S. and India.

He has presented on Indian Agriculture issues at the Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy and been a consultant to the U.S. agriculture industry on Indian agricultural policy and practice. He has worked closely with the U.S. Departments of Agriculture, Commerce and State.

Patrick holds a Master of Arts Degree in Political Management from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C and a Bachelor of Arts from Indiana University, where he double-majored in Political Science and History.

Senior Advisors

Sam Bonilla, Senior Advisor, Contracts and Commercial Practice
Sam Bonilla  retired from Cargill in 2009, where he last held the position of CASC Trade Execution Leader for North America. Previously, Sam worked for Continental Grain Company for 31 years. During his time with that company he gained experience in all areas of export administration, including commodity traffic and contracts. Prior to joining Cargill, Sam held the position of Assistant Vice President, Manager of Export Administration, in Continental's World Grain Division.  Until his retirement, Sam was chairman of the NAEGA Contracts Committee, and served on NAEGA Grades Sub-Committee for several years.

Andrew Marting, Senior Advisor, Contracts and Commercial Practice

Retired April 2018 after 36 years with Bunge North America, Inc. Vessel Logistics Manager and Export Administration Manager. Employed with Bunge, St. Louis since 1981 in export logistics, export capacity planning, export contract administration, execution of grain and grain byproducts, vessel laytime calculations, settlements and disputes, interior barge logistics/planning. Chairman of NAEGA Contracts Committee 2009 -2018, member of NAEGA Strikes Committee and extensive experience as panelist on NAEGA Clause 20 certification panels. NAEGA arbitration panelist multiple arbitrations. BA University of Colorado; Master International Management : American Graduate School of International Management. 

W. Kirk Miller, Senior Advisor, New Technologies and Trade
Kirk Miller most recently served as a Senior Staff Aid and General Correspondent for Sen. Mike Johanns (R-NE).  Prior to that he was General Sales Manager for the USDA Foreign Agriculture Service from 2002-2009.   Kirk was Director of International Programs and Legislative Affairs for NAEGA from 1992-2002, and also served as the Administrator of the Federal Grain Inspection Service of the USDA under President Ronald Reagan. Kirk has a B.Sc. in Agricultural Economics from Ohio State University, and a M.A. in International Transactions from George Mason University.

Paul Green, Senior Advisor, Production Technologies
Paul B. Green is an agricultural economist and consultant based in Washington D.C., where he specializes in international and domestic marketing of agricultural and food products with an emphasis on supply chains for grains and oilseeds. Government policies on trade, transportation, Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) measures,  agriculture biotechnology, food safety and food aid are his specific expertise. In the past, Paul has advised  several of the largest U.S. agribusiness firms including the North American Millers’ Association (NAMA), the trade association of the U.S. dry grain-milling industry. In addition, Paul served for more than 10 years on the NAEGA Production Technology Committee as Chair and Co-Chair. 

Paul holds a Master's degree in Agricultural Economics with a specialization in trade and development economics.  He did his undergraduate work in British Columbia, Canada in Economics and Pacific Rim Studies.

Jerry Cotter, Senior Advisor, Food Safety & Defense
Jerry Cotter recently retired from the position Director of Strategic Projects for the Port of Corpus Christi Authority. Previous to this position he was the Director of Operations for the Port of Corpus Christi, Texas for the just over two decades.  In that capacity he was charged with managing the day-to-day operations of the bulk materials terminal, general cargo and petroleum docks, the harbor masters office, maintenance department, cold storage facility and the Port Police and Security department.

Prior to his tenure with the port, Mr. Cotter served as the Operations Manager for the mid-south region of the Continental Grain Company based in St. Louis, Missouri. He also worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Federal Grain Inspection Service as the regional director in Dallas, Texas and also held the position of Director of the Inspection Division in Washington, D.C.

Board of Directors

RoleFirst NameCompany
ChairmanJohn GriffithCHS, Inc.
First Vice ChairMatt HopkinsADM
Vice ChairGordon RussellLouis Dreyfus Company
Vice ChairCharles ColbertZen-Noh Grain Corp
Vice ChairSteve StrongBunge North America
Vice ChairSteve SmalleyCargill, Inc.
Vice ChairCarsten BredinRichardson International
TreasurerHolly WomackCoBank, Inc.
SecretaryAugusto BassaniniUnited Grain Corporation
David SmootViterra
Norihisa TsunodaMitsui & Co.
Jason HoferGavilon Grain, LLC
Kurt HaarmannColumbia Grain International, LLC
Kevin LaGraizeThe Russell Marine Group

Committee Chairmen 

Contracts Committee
Maurice Hurst, Cargill, Inc.
Jessica Stephan, Bunge

Grades & Inspections Committee
Nick Friant, Cargill, Inc.

International Programs Committee
Steve Smalley, Cargill, Inc. 

Production Technology Committee
Gary Williams, United Grain
Jared Hill, Bunge