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JOHN FINEGAN

Vice Chair

John has more than 30 years of Ag-related sales, marketing, technical and management experience cultivated at Chevron Chemical Company, Valent U.S.A. and for over 16 years now, Beck Ag. John partnered with Charlie Beck in 1996 to form Beck Ag and provide agriculture professionals the opportunity to share experiences, learn from each other and gain access to industry and subject matter experts.

John graduated from Penn State University with a bachelor's degree in Horticulture. He has also completed the University of Chicago's Marketing Management Curriculum and Northwestern University's Kellogg Management Institute. His trade association involvement includes a term as President of the Delaware No-Till Council, Vice President Delmarva Ag Chem Association, as well as memberships in the National AgriMarketing Assoc., The Word of Mouth Marketing Association, the American Seed Trade Association, the American Marketing Association and various commodity trade associations.

John has served on the National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA) Board and was the recipient of the NAMA's "Ag Communicator of the Year" award for the year 2000 and “Dilworth Award for Innovation” in 2002.  

He is past President of the Sacramento Chapter of EO (Entrepreneurs Organization) and remains an active member in this global organization of entrepreneurial business owners.

John also was a Founder of the San Juan Education Foundation and remains on the organization's Board. He serves on the Board of Directors of the YMCA of Superior California and is Founding Partner of Social Venture Partners of Sacramento. He sits on the Board of STAND UP and is an Advisory Board member of Sustainable Conservation.

He also serves on the Board of Directors of The Positive Coaching Alliance - which is dedicated to "transforming youth sports so sports can transform youth" and has coached youth baseball and soccer for over 15 years.  His son and daughter both attended San Juan schools.