Troy Coons is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Northwest Landowners Association and has served on the Board of Directors since founding the organization in 2007. Coons is a graduate of North Dakota State University and hails from Donnybrook, ND. Before founding Northwest Landowners Association, Coons has been involved in a variety of different industries both in North Dakota and California, including leading a fitness facility, catering company, and building his family farm into a registered and certified seed farm. In addition to serving as the CEO of C&C Farms, Coons also serves on several regional, statewide, and international boards of directors, including Meridian Seeds, State Crop & Seed Association, Mountrail County Ag Improvement Board, Mountrail County Township Association, Loland Township Association, Dakota Select Seeds, High Country Land Association, NDSU Advisory Board, Kenmare Economic Development Board (past), and Ward County Ag Improvement Board (past).
North Dakota State University -----BS in Mechanized Agriculture & Agricultural Education (1971)
Bob operated a portable grain cleaning mill (28 years), Secretary/Treasurer of the North Dakota Simmental Association (15 years), Secretary/Treasurer Northwest North Dakota Select Simmental Group (30 years), substitute teacher, Sunday School teacher and 5th/6th grade basketball coach. Member of the North Dakota Stockmen’s Association -- 35 yrs
Honorary Chapter Farmer – Berthold FFA Chapter
Promoter of the Year -- North Dakota Simmental Association
Pioneer Award – North Dakota Simmental Association
Egan Township, Berthold Farmers Elevator, Berthold School, North Dakota Simmental Association, St Olaf Lutheran Church (Tagus), St. Olaf Cemetery Association, Palermo Lutheran Parish, Zion Lutheran Church (Berthold), Mountrail Bethel Home (Stanley), Mountrail County Medical Center & Mountrail County Health Foundation (Stanley). National Rural Electric Cooperative (NRECA)/ National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corporation (CFC) -- Governance Task Force Member. Currently serves as a director of Mountrail-Williams Electric Cooperative (first elected 1981), Coordinating Council of Cooperatives, Rural Development Finance Corporation, North Dakota Association of Rural Electric Cooperatives (since 1998 – President since 2008), and Northwest Landowners Association (Incorporator --- Treasurer).
Bryan Ankenbauer is a self employed grain farmer in Burke county. He is also on the board of directors at Farm Credit Services of North Dakota. Bryan has a wife and four children and coaches basketball and is involved in his local church.
Graduated Parshall High School and Dickinson State University with a degree in Mathematics.
Currently employed with Mountrail Williams Electric Cooperative. President of Parshall 2000, INC. and Banner Township officer. Former member of the North Dakota House of Representatives 2000- 2016. Married wife Kathy and three grown children.
Hal grew up on his family farm 5 miles SW of Bowbells, in Burke County. He graduated from NDSU with a degree in Agronomy. In 1981 Hall started working with Dacotah Bank in Bowbells as a Loan Officer and finished his career as Vice President 2011. While working for the bank, Hal farmed on the side with his dad and now he farms full time with his son, Tyler. Tyler is married with two children and the hope is some day his son will farm and be the 5th generation in the Ross family to farm. Hal also sell grain cleaners (Grain Cleaning Systems) and has a daughter in Arizona who is taking up nursing and sells Real Estate.
Howard Rice grew up on a farm northeast of Tioga in Mountrail County. I graduated from NDSU in 1980 with a general agricultural degree. After college, I worked in the oilfield as a rig hand and as a rig operator for several oil companies in the Tioga area for six years. In 1987, I took a job with Farm Service Agency
which lasted for 25 years. During this time, I worked as a Farm Loan Officer and then a Farm Loan Manager. In 2012, I took a job with American Bank Center in Minot as an Ag Loan Officer. I was then promoted to Market President in Stanley. I then transferred to Bismarck to be with my now wife, Lisa. Lisa and I have six kids between us, Chris, Anthony(AJ), Brooke, Katie, Jaycee and Jared. In 2016, Lisa and I both retired to move closer to help my aging parents in Stanley. We currently reside in a new development annexed into the city of Burlington. I still enjoy being involved in farming as I spend my time working for family and friends putting in and harvesting their crops.
Marvin and his wife Sandra live on a farm in Berthold Township, Ward County. They operated a dairy farm there for forty years. They currently operate a cash grain and beef farm in Berthold and Passport Townships. They have one daughter, Marcie who resides in Minot and she has three children Leah, Kaeden, and Ralie. Marvin currently serves as secretary of the Berthold/Carpio Farmers Union Oil Co-op Board of Directors. Marvin is a long time member of the Berthold Township Board of Supervisors and currently serves as Township Chairman. Marvin also serves on the board of the Ward County Township Officers Association as well as serving on the Ward County Planning and Zoning Commission
Amy is a Minot native with family roots near Plaza, where her grandparents farm. Amy graduated from Minot State University in May 2013, where she received her Bachelor of Science in Marketing and Bachelor of Science in Management. She comes from a diverse background of insurance and non-profit work. Amy is married to Brian Shelton they have 2 daughters, Millie and Emma. As Executive Director since March 2016, Amy has assisted in the 2016 legislative session, helped host the Landowner Informational Expo and Land Use Plan Workshop, advertise for many educational seminars, increase the membership base, plan the Annual Meetings, and secured grant funds for a new website.