2009 Apex Winner
Mr. John Demerly is the Director of Business Development for ABG, where he has led and facilitated hundreds of projects for sales training, branding, customer segmentation, business plan development and facilitation of strategic planning exercises such as Soy 2020 for the United Soybean Board, the Ohio Soybean Council Strategic Plan, the International Soybean Opportunities Task Force, and the Vision for Illinois Strategic Plan. He joined ABG in 2005, after having served as the Executive Director of the Indiana FFA Organization since 2000. In that capacity he not only led the Indiana FFA’s own activities, but also acted as liaison for the Indiana Department of Education’s state-wide Life Sciences Strategy, and developed advanced Life Sciences courses linked to Purdue University’s College of Agriculture. Previously he spent four years as a Marketing Representative for Novartis Agribusiness, managing sales across a five-county area.
John graduated from Purdue with a B.S. in Agricultural Sales and Marketing in 1997. As a student he made many notable contributions including service as President of the Purdue Foundation Student Board, President of Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity, and membership in Iron Key Leadership Honorary. He was active in NAMA, as an Agricultural Ambassador. After graduation he played a key role in support of our sales and marketing courses and the Ready-Set-Sell program. John has also served as board president of the Purdue alumni corporation for the Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity, as a board member for the Indiana Council for Economic Education, the Science Education Foundation of Indiana, and the Indiana Rural Development Council as well as our own Dean’s Advisory Council.
John and his wife (also a Purdue graduate) have four children and reside in Avon, Indiana. John is active in his church and in community service, primarily through the Avon Junior Athletic Association and the Avon Education Foundation.