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VP of International Agrifinance Company to Speak at WIU

October 15, 2007

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MACOMB, IL -- A Western Illinois University agriculture alumnus will return to his alma mater Wednesday, Oct. 17 to discuss trends in international finance.

Rich Hollis, vice president for organizational development of AgriFinance, the St. Louis-based farm finance business division of Rabobank International, Americas, will speak on the history and structure of his company, as well as international finance, at
2:15 p.m. in Stipes Hall 506.

At Rabobank, Hollis is responsible for supervising human resources, training and integration. He also is on the company's senior management team and leads the company's management development and succession planning efforts.

Rabobank, based in The Netherlands, is the world's largest agricultural lender with operations in 44 countries.

Hollis, a 1988 graduate, was most recently director of retail store development for Land O'Lakes/Purina in St. Louis (MO), following the Land O'Lakes' acquisition of Purina. He was previously based in Minneapolis, overseeing all retail store development for Growmark/Countrymark, a division of Land O'Lakes.

Before the company's acquisition by Land O'Lakes, Hollis ran the retail division for Growmark/Countrymark with responsibility for all horse, pet, specialty and retail store programs in Indianapolis (IN). Prior to that role, he spent nearly five years as general manager at Growmark. Hollis began his career as district manager for Purina Mills in Illinois, where for five years he worked in both the retail and commercial side of the animal agriculture industry.

Hollis' presentation is open free to the public.

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