2013 – 2014 Class
“Since 2011, I have been driven to pursue a career as a commodities market analyst. The Center for Risk Management Education and Research at Kansas State is providing me with not only the experience, but also the network, to reach further towards that goal.”
Marcus Brix is earning his master’s degree in Agricultural Economics.
“Coming into CRMER, I had taken a Commodity Futures class so I was reasonably certain I knew most of everything there is to know about agriculture risk. I was very wrong. The Center has opened my eyes to see just how much risk is involved in an agriculture company. From seeing how hedging a grain position works to learning how the risk of the reputation of your customers affects the business, CRMER has exposed us to great risk education experiences. CRMER has even taken us fellows past the agriculture industry and into other business sectors to discover more aspects of risk. I have gained much more knowledge about how risk can affect a business, and my appreciation and desire to learn more about risk has greatly increased.”
Jeff Cather is an undergraduate student in Agricultural Economics.
“By visiting businesses, I have gained an understanding on how companies look at risk and how they typically handle it. I am also learning to incorporate the qualitative aspects of risk learned thus far and put more of a quantitative analysis on them.”
Kendal Clawson earned his bachelor’s degrees in Agricultural Economics and Finance. He now works with Koch Industries.
“The Center for Risk Management Fellowship Program has exposed me to real-life scenarios, allowed me to build relationships with industry partners and given me hands-on experience in analyzing risks. Essentially, this program adds another valuable tool to my toolbox that will inevitably enhance my future career opportunities.”
Kellie Jackson is an undergraduate student in Agricultural Economics.
“In visiting with professionals from numerous businesses and industries, I have been exposed to new ways of thinking about risk that I had not encountered previously. This realization that risk takes on numerous diverse dimensions has been an eye opening part of this experience.”
Garrett Lister is an graduate student in Agricultural Economics.
Claire Luensmann is earning her master’s degree in Agricultural Economics.
“I’ve already gained a variety of knowledge regarding the application of risk management techniques, taken a special elective course on financial engineering and risk management, and I’ve made a few friends through the program as well!”
Donnie Sketchley is an undergraduate student in Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering.
“I have learned a lot being the primary decision maker for my own farming operation. I have to deal with multiple risks like the risk of adverse weather (hail, wind, drought), crop failure, and price risk for my crops. Figuring out the best way to deal with those risks, whether it be by buying insurance, planting certain types of hybrids, etc., is great experience for the type of work that the Center will be doing.”
Josh Sudbeck is an undergraduate student in Agricultural Economics.
“If managed appropriately, I have learned that risk is not something to be feared. Also, there are many ways to not only limit consequences of certain risks, but also allow this area to give a business a competitive advantage.”
Eric Zinke is earning his B.S. and M.S. in Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering.