Brian Peterson, president, founded Whiskey Creek Inc. in 1986 and continues to lead the company’s daily operations. Over time, Whiskey Creek’s activities have grown to include grain operations in three states, as well as a beef cattle feedlot in Woodbury County, Iowa.
Brian was the sole founder and owner of Superior Ethanol, a 50-million-gallon ethanol plant, which was acquired by Green Plains Renewable Energy Inc. (GPRE) in 2006. Today he serves on the GPRE board, as he has since 2005, and as chairman of the nomination and corporate governance committee. In the past he has served on GPRE’s nomination, compensation, risk, and audit committee. Brian has a bachelor of science in agricultural business from Dordt College. He is married and has four children. His wife, Anita, grew up on a dairy farm outside Salem, Oregon.
Chief Financial Officer
Daniel Peterson is chief financial officer for Whiskey Creek Inc. as well as a certified insurance agent for Whiskey Creek Insurance LLC. Before joining the family business in 2008, he served as plant controller and as financial manager at Wells Dairy Inc. in Le Mars, Iowa. He previously held several positions at Gateway Companies, Inc., in North Sioux City, S.D., including financial analyst, accountant, and operations finance manager. He currently serves on the board of Siouxland Economic Development Corporation. Daniel earned a B.A. degree in accounting, management and finance from Northwestern College and an MBA degree from the University of South Dakota. Daniel and his wife, Kim, have four children. Kim is originally from Pella, Iowa.
John Peterson is responsible for project management at Whiskey Creek Inc. He is a grandson of Oscar Peterson, who founded the family farm in the early 1900s. John is a career agronomist who ran the farm until the mid-1980s, when his son Brian took over operations. After working at Gateway 2000/Gateway Companies, Inc. for several years, John returned to the farm in 2003. He continues play an important role in conservation practices, logistics, client relations and community relations. John has a B.S. degree in agribusiness from Iowa State University. John and his wife, Karen, have seven children and 20 grandchildren. Karen also comes from a Woodbury County farming family.
Chief Operating Officer
As chief operating officer for Whiskey Creek Farms, David Fiedler is responsible for both the overall grain farming operations and all livestock operations. He is an experienced specialist in crop agronomy and animal science, particularly beef production. Before joining Whiskey Creek in 2007, he served in various farming operations roles in the Midwest and spent 17 years as a beef consultant with Quality Liquid Feeds. As a certified crop consultant, he spent several years as a fertilizer and chemical provider in agronomy sales. David has a degree in animal science from the University of Minnesota and is a certified agronomist.
Aaron Peterson is the agronomist for Whiskey Creek’s grain farm operations. He is responsible for sourcing crop inputs such as fertilizer and seed, managing in-season pest pressure, monitoring the farm’s field management software and operating field equipment such as planters and combines. He also develops site-specific crop plans and works with the company’s feedlot to provide the feedstuffs needed while increasing soil conservation through the use of cover crops, nutrient management and no-till practices. Aaron has a B.S. degree in agricultural business from Iowa State University.
Paul Hansen is treasurer at Whiskey Creek Inc. and a certified insurance agent for Whiskey Creek Insurance LLC. Before joining Whiskey Creek, he served as marketing director and retail banking officer at Liberty National Bank and as vice president at Pinnacle Bank, both in Sioux City. He previously held a number of positions at Mercy Medical Services in Sioux City, including chief financial officer, physician office coordinator and financial systems coordinator. He began his career at Toy National Bank in Sioux City. Paul has a B.A. degree in business and economics from Westmar University, an MBA degree from the University of South Dakota and a diploma from the American Bankers Association’s Stonier Graduate School of Banking at the University of Delaware.
Arkansas Farm Manager (Garland)
Jimmy is the farm manager for Whiskey Creek Farms in Arkansas. He is responsible for every aspect of the farm, from managing daily operations and employees to the planting and harvesting of crops. Prior to coming to Whiskey Creek, Jimmy spent five years managing a fifteen combine crew harvesting wheat from Texas to Canada, followed by a year as a crop manager in Texas. Jimmy has a passion for farming and is continually looking for the latest advances in agriculture and the most efficient way to farm. He is joined by his wife Vanessa and their two children, Hannah and Tripp.
Arkansas Farm Manager (Weldon)
Tommy Fields is the Operations Manager at Whiskey Creek in Weldon, Arkansas. Tommy is responsible for all areas of the farming operation. He grew up near McCrory, Arkansas, and spent most of his life farming rice, wheat and beans with his family. When Tommy isn’t working, he enjoys spending time with his wife and kids. His favorite part about working with the team at Whiskey Creek is getting to do what he loves the most—farm.