Former exec with agricultural giant Archer Daniels Midland named Southeastern Alumnus of the Year

Monday, October 13, 2014 Craig Huss
by: Rene Abadie

HAMMOND – Craig Huss, a retired senior executive who worked for 37 years with one of the nation's largest agricultural firms, Archer Daniels Midland (ADM), will be honored as the 2014 Alumnus of the Year by the Southeastern Louisiana University Alumni Association.

Huss, who most recently served as senior vice president and chief risk officer for ADM at the firm's headquarters in Decatur, Ill., is a double graduate of Southeastern, earning a bachelor's degree in business administration in 1974 and an MBA two years later. He will be formally recognized on Friday (Oct. 17) at the association's Alumni Awards Evening to be held in the Student Union Grand Ballroom. The event is sold out.

Alumni Association Director Kathy Pittman said the award recognizes graduates with unique accomplishments on a national or international level who continue to utilize their degree from Southeastern to the fullest.

ADM employs approximately 31,000 people, connecting crops to markets in more than 140 countries on six continents. Net sales for the company in 2013 were $90 billion.

Also to be recognized at the event is James "Jay" Prather III of Ponchatoula, a 2005 graduate with a degree in biology, who was a founding partner of an environmental consulting firm named Krebs, LaSalle, LeMieux Environmental. The Hammond-based company is now ELOS Environmental and provides consulting services covering numerous sectors of the environmental industry.

Huss came to Southeastern from Illinois on a basketball scholarship and earned four-year letterman status. He served as a graduate assistant basketball coach in 1975-76 when he was earning his master of business administration degree.

Upon graduating, Huss spent several years managing grain elevators in Illinois and St. Louis, building and remodeling elevators, handling barge freight and providing grain to various regional poultry markets. Later he managed crude vegetable oil trading for the company and a soy plant in Kansas City. In 1997 he was appointed vice president for North American Processing, where he coordinated personnel and marketing for 18 soybean processing plants in the U.S. and Mexico.

In 1997 he was named corporate vice president for transportation, managing a fleet of 25,000 railcars and a trailer truck fleet of 500. He was responsible for managing the company's supply chain, overseeing ADM warehousing in the U.S. Later he was named senior vice president for Ag services, where he was responsible for a diversified portfolio of business units and 8,000 employees. The Grain Division he managed is the largest grain company in North America, operating over 300 elevator systems with eight export houses.

In 2011 until his retirement, he was senior vice president, chief risk officer and a member of ADM's Executive Committee, comprised of the five most senior executives at AMD and responsible for the strategic planning for the entire company.

He served on the boards of Chiquita Brands International, Iowa Interstate Railroad, Kalama Export Company, the National Grain and Feed Association and AC Toepfer International, a German-based trading company with 37 offices around the world.


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