Steven L. Packebush
Steven L. Packebush, age 55, is a new nominee director. If elected, his term will expire in 2023. Mr. Packebush is a founder and principal in Elevar Resources, LLC, a company providing advisory and consulting services and capital solutions for companies in the agriculture and energy markets. Prior to Elevar Resources, Mr. Packebush worked at Koch Industries, Inc. for over 30 years, retiring in March 2018. Until his retirement, he was the president of Koch Ag & Energy Solutions (“Koch Ag”). Under Mr. Packebush’s leadership, Koch Ag grew from a break-even business to one of the larger business units at Koch Industries and one of world’s largest fertilizer companies. Koch Ag manufactured, marketed, distributed, and traded more than 14 million tons of fertilizer products annually. Key to this growth was acquiring and integrating five nitrogen fertilizer production plants in North America and equity interest in three nitrogen plants in Trinidad and Tobago. In addition, significant capital and resources were invested in the North American plants to improve the environmental, health and safety, efficiencies, and reliability of these facilities. Also, a $1.3 billion plant expansion project located in Enid, Oklahoma was executed and a global fertilizer supply, trading, and distribution business was developed with commercial office locations in Europe, Asia, and Latin America. Mr. Packebush also oversaw the expansion of Koch Ag to include three additional start-up businesses. Koch Energy Services became one of the largest natural gas marketing companies in North America. Koch Methanol supplied methanol to global customers in the plywood, carpet, fuels, and plastics markets. Koch Agronomic Services became one of world’s largest enhanced-efficiency fertilizer producers and marketers. Prior to his time in Koch Ag, Mr. Packebush held various business development and commercial roles in Koch International, Koch Agriculture, and Koch Minerals.
Mr. Packebush currently serves on the EuroChem Group AG Board of Directors, Wichita State University Board of Trustees, Kansas State University Dean’s Agriculture Advisory Board, and The Fundamental Learning Center Board of Directors. Previously he served on the board of directors of Caribbean Nitrogen, Nitrogen 2000, KOCHPAC, and The Fertilizer Institute. He has also served on The Fertilizer Institute’s executive committee and Koch Industries’ Compliance and Ethics Executive Committees.
Mr. Packebush is a 1987 graduate of Kansas State University with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics. Mr. Packebush’s extensive industry and executive leadership experience, among other factors, led the Board to conclude that he should serve as a director.