As a 5th generation farmer and member of the Hastings community, this is my bio from High School through today. I believe my combination of self-employed experiences in agriculture and the restaurant business, as well as my time spent working with non-profit organizations….has prepared me to represent this District responsibly and fairly. I look forward to meeting the challenges facing District 33 and the State of Nebraska head on. I am confident that, together, we can do better!
October 2003 – Today
I am a co-owner of the HuHot Mongolian Grill in Billings, MT, Spokane, WA and Fort Collins, CO (2 stores). I managed the Billings location for the first two years of operation. HuHot Mongolian Grill is a franchise chain originated in Missoula, Montana in 2001. I currently am responsible for assisting in corporate visits to franchisee locations as well as assisting in training employees at new store openings. I also currently have management oversight of land leases for Halloran Farms, Hastings, NE.
June 2001 – September 2003
The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST) headquartered in Ames, Iowa employed me as Membership Director. CAST is a nonprofit organization which assembles, interprets, and communicates science-based information regionally, nationally, and internationally on food, fiber, agricultural, natural resource, and related societal and environmental issues to its stakeholders – legislators, regulators, policy makers, the media, the private sector, and the public. Membership included 37 agricultural science and technology societies with aggregate membership of over 160,000, 80 companies and cooperatives, 75 nonprofits, and over 2000 individual members.
This position required development and marketing of membership services and management of membership recruitment and renewals. During my time with CAST I was responsible for overseeing the development of their website.
January 1996 – June 2001
I co-partnered with three individuals to form AgriOne LTD…an Internet agricultural marketing company in Ames, IA. This company focused on harnessing the Internet as a marketing tool for agriculture, by designing, constructing, and hosting ag-related commercial websites. AgriOne developed innovative e-commerce applications of the Internet for marketing ag-commodities using both an auction and a catalog format.
December 1991 – December 1995
I was elected at the 1991 National convention to the position of national president/CEO of National Farmer Organization headquartered in Ames, Iowa. National Farmers Organization is a nonprofit organization focused on enhancing members’ net income through group marketing programs. Membership during this period was 12,000 from 23 states. This was a full-time elected position.
This elected office required management of a $14,000,000 plus budget, oversight of marketing commodity programs and contracts, with personnel in excess of 350 employees. Gross value of the farm commodities marketed for member/customers annually averaged in excess of 650 million dollars, consisting of grain, livestock, and dairy commodities.
January 1988 – December 1991
National Farmers Organization (non-profit organization) appointed me to the position of National Director of the organization’s Grain Department. This was a full time position. With national headquarters in Corning, Iowa, this position required management of 31 employees with an annual budget of $1.1 million. Prior to my management, the Grain Department operated under a substantial loss position for years. In less than three years, I revamped management structure and developed a grain marketing program, “Marketing Plus”, which proved to be an attractive and beneficial marketing program to members/customers. This program resulted in a profit position for the Grain Department. As Department Director, I created a marketing video for the promotion of this program. Marketing Plus has proven itself by consistently achieving its goal of marketing members’/customers’ grain in the top one-third of the annual market range.
National headquarters moved to Ames, Iowa
June 1970 – January 1988
My father, John E. Halloran, and I partnered in the family farm operation near Hastings, Nebraska. This was a full time family farm operation. Personal farm operation began with several hundred acres and evolved into full management of 1600 acre operation. This farm produced grain exclusively, consisting of approximately 80% row crop irrigated corn and soybeans, with the balance in dryland row crop and wheat production.
September 1966 – May 1970
I attended, and graduated from, Creighton University School of Business Administration in Omaha, Nebraska. I graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a major in management.
September 1962 – May 1966
I attended, and graduated from, Hastings St. Cecilia’s High School.