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Leadership

Leadership

The McGregor Company has a group of leaders with extensive experience in the ag industry where each is dedicated to the success of our customers, our employees, and our company. Farm families of the Inland Northwest are counting on us to understand the challenges they face every day, so we strategically placed our company headquarters in the middle of farm fields, well off the beaten path...but right where the action is.

The McGregor Company
PO Box 740 • 401 Colfax Airport Rd • Colfax WA 99111
509.397.4355 • 800.873.8666

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Alex McGregor, President

Alex is President of The McGregor Company and also serves as Managing General Partner of McGregor Land & Livestock, a 135 year old eastern Washington family wheat, alfalfa, barley and livestock ranch. Alex earned his bachelor’s degree from Whitman College; his masters & PhD from the University of Washington. His book, Counting Sheep, a history of agriculture in the Inland NW, was chosen as one of the top one hundred “centennial books” written since Washington became a state. Alex taught history at the University of Washington & at Whitman College before joining his family firm.  Alex, historian Richard Scheuerman and photographer John Clement have collaborated on recent books including Northwest Drylands: Seasons (2010) and Harvest Heritage: Agricultural Origins and Heirloom Crops of the Pacific Northwest, which he and Richard Scheuerman co-authored for the WSU Press in 2013.

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Ian McGregor, Vice President

Ian represents the 4th generation involved in The McGregor Company. Ian joined the company full time in 1999 and currently serves as Vice President. In that role Ian has direct responsibility for company strategy and company operations where his experience in a number of technically focused roles for the company have provided him a great perspective. Prior to joining The McGregor Company Ian owned a small technology business specializing in computer sales and network design. Ian lives on the McGregor family farm with his wife and six daughters.

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Jex Biorn: General Manager, Crop Protection

Born and raised in Connell, WA, Jex's family owned and operated a custom cattle feeding operation with several irrigated farm units. Following two years of college he worked on several farming operations throughout the Columbia Basin learning more aspects of row crop farming. In March of 2005 Jex joined the company as a crop consultant and has continually taken on greater responsibility, becoming the General Manager of Retail Operations for our businesses in the Columbia Basin and Kittitas Valley in 2014. This experience on the retail side of the business is an asset for Jex as he turns his focus to Crop Protection products. He resides in Pullman WA with his wife Amy and their children Lynnsey and Cooper. Jex serves on the Franklin County Natural Resources Advisory Council and is an active board member of the Far West Agribusiness Association.

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Jason Black: General Manager, Finance

Jason possesses 20 years’ experience in both accounting and finance roles in organizations ranging from $10 million to $3 billion in revenue. Unlike many of his coworkers, only a small percentage of his career has been spent at McGregor – a mere 25%. Jason first began with the company as an assistant controller then left to pursue his advanced degree and gain valuable business experience. He returned in 2013 as the General Manager of Finance due to his appreciation for the company’s values and the employees’ dedication to its customers. Jason received his BA in Business & Economics from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California in 1997, and he received his MBA in Corporate Finance from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in 2010. Jason is also a licensed CPA in Washington State.

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Clark Capwell, General Manager, Environmental, Health, Safety & Security

Clark grew up in in Pomeroy, WA and has been involved with agriculture most of his life. After earning an Agribusiness degree from Spokane Community College, Clark began a career in the fertilizer and crop protection industry. Forty years later, 39 of which have been with The McGregor Company, he has experience in most facets of the business. Clark maintains his Certified Crop Adviser certification and is a certified ResponsibleAg Auditor as well. Clark enjoys new challenges and experiences and has appreciated each opportunity he’s had through his career in agriculture. Clark also recently retired from a 38 year career as a volunteer in the Fire and EMS field, most recently as Chief of Colfax Fire & Rescue. Whether it is agriculture or fire & EMS, Clark enjoys the people he works with.

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Heath Druffel, General Manager, Retail Operations

Heath was raised on the family farm in Colton, WA where he learned the value of hard work, perseverance, and integrity. After graduating from the Ag Program at Walla Walla Community College, Heath knew a successful career with The McGregor Company would need to start at the beginning. In 1995 he began work in the Walla Walla and Touchet Valleys as a Service Technician and continued learning as much as he could about the business from both customers and colleagues. An active seeker of new challenges, Heath has taken on greater responsibility throughout his career though never forgetting his roots as a farm boy or the lessons learned in his earlier roles with the company.