Central Prairie Co-op would like to introduce Mike Corbus as the new Chief Executive Officer.
Mike’s professional life began over 30 years ago as a police officer in Kansas. Over the course of a decade, he moved thru the ranks becoming a member of the department’s SWAT team and was promoted to Patrol Sergeant. The highlight of his law enforcement career was a promotion to Narcotics Detective and becoming an original member of the I-135/I-70 Drug Task Force, with state-wide enforcement jurisdiction. In addition to the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center, Mike received specialized training in tactics from the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department SWAT team and narcotics training from the United States Drug Enforcement Administration. He credits his time in law enforcement to helping build self-discipline and learning how to make effective decisions.
After a decade in law enforcement, it was time for a transition. For the next 8 years, Mike and his wife, Melisha, owned and operated a digital and analog commercial imaging company where he learned marketing, finance and customer service.
Next came a great opportunity in the energy industry where Mike led a team of natural gas liquid marketers and logistics staff. The marketing group enjoyed great success supplying ethanol denaturant and ultimately achieved a majority market share to our nation’s ethanol plants. The logistics team moved product via truck, rail, pipeline, barge and cargo ship. In this role, he was also responsible for procurement, storage and hedging. Mike’s energy career also included originating and overseeing the progression of numerous large-scale projects to include a liquid processing plant, rail terminals, trans-loaders, business acquisitions. He notes being grateful someone took a chance on him, opening the door to this phase of his professional career.
Mike’s final career transition came when, in order to continue in the energy industry, it would be necessary for the family to move to Houston, Tx. The decision was to stay in Kansas. Having grown up in rural McPherson County, it was time to follow his heart and apply what he had learned to agriculture. Mike began with grain origination at Team Marketing Alliance and progressed as a commodity broker helping producers hedge their grain and livestock. After leaving TMA, Mike managed the Farm Marketing division at AG360. In this role, he helped implement a brokerage, Managed Futures (an alternative investment) and a business plan to support cooperatives with grain marketing and crop insurance services.
Mike shares, “Having worked with many Central Prairie Co-op members and staff over the last several years, I feel very blessed to be a part of this organization. It has always felt like home to me and with such a talented group of people, I am excited to see what we can achieve to the benefit of every member”.
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