About Us
Prosperity Since 1908

Our History

Aurora Cooperative Elevator Company has a rich history that dates back to 1908 when it was established by a group of farmers in Aurora, Nebraska. The goal was to create a cooperative that could provide the necessary resources and services to help each other succeed.

Over the years, Aurora Cooperative has grown and evolved, but its core mission remains the same: to create value for its owners by offering top-quality products, services, and expertise.

Today, Aurora Cooperative is recognized as a leader in the agricultural industry, known for its commitment to innovation, sustainability, and the overall success of its owners.

Who We Are

Agriculture Elevated

Aurora Cooperative is steadfast in our commitment to empowering and equipping owners.

Last year was a testament to our dedication to providing unparalleled support, resources, and expertise to our valued owners.

Through innovative solutions and unwavering dedication, we continued to uphold our century-old belief in the power of collective action.

Board of Directors & Executives

Meet The Team

Board of Directors

Paul McHargue


Craig Grams

Vice Chairman

Chris Beins


Robin Bochart

Governance Committee Chair

John Willoughby

Audit Committee Chair

Ken Kozisek

Nominating Committee Chair

Tobe Duensing


Scott Elting


Paul Mumm


Ryan Sands


Brad Kroeger


Troy Rainforth


Cortney Brandes


Ryan Bonham


Colin Schwenka

Associate Director

Nate Girmus

Associate Director

Board of Directors & Executives

Meet The Team

Executive Leadership

Chris Decker

Chief Executive Officer

Carl Smith

Chief Financial Officer

Kara Ronnau

Executive Vice President & General Counsel

Kenton Schegg

Executive Vice President

Kevin Sagehorn

Executive Vice President

Jason Throener

Executive Vice President