Brian 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 a large grain farming operation, 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 B.S. degree in Agricultural Business from Dordt College. He is married and has four children. His wife, Anita, grew up on a dairy farm outside of Salem, Oregon.
Chief Financial Officer
Before joining the family business in 2008, Daniel 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 the 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 is responsible for financial and other management projects. He is a grandson of Oscar Peterson, the founder of 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, now known as Whiskey Creek, in 2003. He continues to fill an important role in the financial, logistics, and client and community relations of the operation. John has a B.S. degree in agri-business from Iowa State University. John and his wife Karen, have seven children and 21 grandchildren. Karen also comes from a Woodbury County farming family.
Aaron is the agronomist for Whiskey Creek’s grain farm operations. He is responsible for sourcing crop inputs, managing in-season pest pressure, and managing the farm management software. Aaron develops site-specific crop plans and works with the company’s feedlot to provide the feedstuffs needed while increasing soil conservation using cover crops, nutrient management and no-till practices. Aaron has a B.S. degree in Ag Business from Iowa State University.
Danny is Whiskey Creek’s feedlot manager. He is responsible for overseeing the health and welfare of the cattle, as well as maximizing the cattle’s growth and efficiency. Danny is also responsible for the feedlot’s bunk management and directing the feed team.