2007 Apex Winner
George was raised on a farm in Rockville , Indiana and has been involved in agriculture all his life. His father was Dr. Joe Green, a veterinarian who served as Head State Veterinarian of Indiana for several years. From his position as State Veterinarian, Dr. Green guided the legislation that created the Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine. George was active in FFA and 4-H showing Charolais cattle while growing up, and he conducted tours of the famous Covered Bridges in Parke County .
Following graduation from Indiana State University , he began his agribusiness career as a feed salesman. In 1982 he assumed his first management role as General Manager of the Kosciusko County Farm Bureau Co-op. In 1984 he became Manager of Carroll County Farm Bureau Co-op which would later become part of Excel Co-op. He was appointed General Manager of Excel Co-op at the time of the merger in 1996. His education has continued while serving as Excel Co-op's General Manager. In December 2004 he received an MBA in Food and Agribusiness from the Department of Agricultural Economics and Krannert School of Management at Purdue University .
To strengthen the cooperative system that serves Excel Co-op, George is active in various cooperative organizations. He currently serves on the Land O' Lakes National Leadership Council. This council is a grassroots member organization intended to improve communications and assist in setting the direction for Land O' Lakes. He is President of the Board of Directors for the Mid America Cooperative Council. Also known as the M.A.C.C., its primary purpose is co-op education and training. Its membership consists of cooperatives of all types in Indiana , Ohio , Michigan , Kentucky , and Illinois .
George and his wife Debby live in a 140 year old home, which they recently restored outside of Monticello . They have three sons. Luke and his wife, Aya, live in Seattle and Luke works for Seattle University . Josh is a Graduate Student at Colorado State University in Fort Collins , Colorado . Ross works for the Excel Co-op agronomy team at Bringhurst and resides in Lafayette .
George's hobbies include antique cars and tractors. He also is a licensed private pilot and flies his own airplane.