Board of Directors

Jay Vroom, Chairman

CIO, Vroom Leigh Agriculture, LLC

Jay Vroom served as president and chief executive officer of CropLife America (CLA) until 2018 and now heads a strategic consulting service related to agricultural technology sectors called Vroom Leigh Agriculture LLC. He has been a leader in U.S. agribusiness trade associations for his entire career.

Vroom has been a founding member of CropLife Foundation, serving as chairman since its inception in 2001, and since 2015, serves as the Foundation’s chairman.

Vroom was a member of the youth organization, Future Farmers of America, and served as an elected state officer in Illinois. Today, he is a member of the FFA Foundation’s Individual Giving Council and Board of Trustees.

Julie Borlaug

Associate Director for External Relations, Norman E. Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture, Strategic Initiatives, Corporate Relations, AgriLife Research

Granddaughter of Nobel Peace Prize laureate and father of the Green Revolution Dr. Norman Borlaug, Julie is currently Associate Director for External Relations at the Norman Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture & Strategic Initiatives for Texas A&M AgriLife Research. She advocates for educating and engaging the next generation to ensure continued scientific and technology advances in agriculture to feed a growing world population.

Sean McMahon

Executive Director, Iowa Agriculture Water Alliance

As the Executive Director of the Iowa Agriculture Water Alliance (IAWA), Sean leads the organization to increase the pace and scale of farmer-led efforts to improve water quality. Sean works with key public and private sector partners to champion farmer engagement and adoption of conservation practices that improve water quality. Sean has more than 20 years of experience in conservation and agriculture including leading diverse coalitions dedicated to improving water quality. He formerly directed The Nature Conservancy’s (TNC) North America Agriculture Program. He also served as state director of the Iowa Chapter of TNC where he chaired the Iowa’s Water and Land Legacy campaign. Prior to that, he directed national land stewardship campaigns with the National Wildlife Federation. Sean served in a variety of senior staff positions at the U.S. Department of the Interior and also worked on wetlands and water quality issues for the National Audubon Society. Sean is a member of the Farm Foundation Roundtable and serves on the board of Crop Life Foundation. He is also chair of the Conservation Reserve Program Committee of the Iowa NRCS State Technical Committee, serves on an advisory body for the U.S. Soybean Export Council and the Iowa Farm Environmental Leader Award review committee.


Bob Trogele

Chief Operating Officer & Executive Vice President, American Vanguard

As COO of AMVAC, Dr. Trogele oversees global sales, marketing and business development for AMVAC, growing the business across multiple  product lines and geographies.  Over the past 28 years, he has worked in positions of increasing responsibility within the agribusiness sectors of agrichemicals, biotechnology and plant nutrition. Earlier, Bob served as the President of the Asia Pacific division of FMC Corporation and as the North American Area Director of their agricultural solutions business.

Tim Scott

Chief Marketing Officer, Land ‘O’ Lakes

Tim Scott oversees business-to-customer and business-to-business branding, marketing strategy and is responsible for building marketing competencies across all businesses and geographies for Land O’Lakes, Inc. He also has oversight for FLM+, a wholly owned subsidiary of Land O’Lakes, Inc. During his 31-year-career, Tim has earned a reputation as a trusted advisor and skilled marketer.

Prior to Land O’Lakes, Tim was the CEO and president, international, at McGarryBowen. In that role, Tim lead the rapidly expanding global offering, while also continuing to steer the Chicago office. His career in advertising has allowed him to help build many well-known brands, from General Mills to Frito Lay, from Sears to Mondelez, from Disney to Wrigley, and from Kraft to Clorox. He’s accumulated a considerable collection of Effies and other awards along the way.

Tim earned his bachelor’s and his MBA from Michigan State University. He lives in downtown Minneapolis and in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood during the week and spends his weekends hibernating at his cabin in the Michigan woods.