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James B. Hebenstreit  

Chairman and CEO Bartlett and Company

Chairman (since 2013), President (1992-2013), and CEO (since 2005) of Bartlett and Company, whose principal businesses are grain merchandising and storage, flour and feed milling, and cattle feeding. FORBES ranks Bartlett among the largest U.S. private companies. Facilities are in Missouri (including the headquarters in Kansas City), Kansas, Illinois, Colorado, Nebraska, Iowa, Oklahoma, the Carolinas, Texas, Virginia, and Mexico.

Previously, with Commerce Bancshares (CBSH) for five years: Chief Financial Officer of Commerce and president of venture capital affiliate. And a director of Commerce now for over 25 years (currently Lead Director and Chairman of the Governance Committee, member of the Executive Committee and the Audit Committee). Earlier, with Butler Manufacturing Company for nine years: as Treasurer; later, president of startup subsidiary producing heat exchangers for solar energy applications. Served on several other business boards, primarily manufacturing companies.

Raised in Kansas City, MO; attended KCMO public schools. Graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Business School. Three years in the Navy (LT), Washington, DC. Presently, a Trustee of U.S. Navy Postgraduate School Foundation in Monterey, CA.

Wife (Marilyn) and daughters 26, 24 and 22.

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