Bill Hudson is a principal and the founding partner of The ProExporter Network® and is responsible for much of the firm’s research and analysis, including the regular “Grain Market and Transportation Outlook.” He was a pioneer in using mapping techniques to illustrate grain flows which is a unique PRX service. Prior to beginning The ProExporter Network in 1988, Hudson served as senior vice president of business research for The Andersons of Maumee, Ohio. He is an international speaker, author, and respected industry authority on agribusiness, cash grain markets, and transportation. He is a graduate of the University of Kansas.
Marty Ruikka is a principal of The ProExporter Network® and manages the firm’s “Commodity Market Zone Analysis” (CMZA) software. He has used CMZA to help rationalize many mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures and to establish the strategic origination plans for many grain companies and cooperatives. He is also responsible for the firm’s ethanol analysis and feasibility studies. He began working with The PRX Network soon after its inception in the late 1980s.
Bill Holbrook provides research and analysis services to The ProExporter Network® managing the PRX databases and monthly reports as well as providing strategic analysis to the grain industry. Prior to joining PRX, Bill was with Farmland Industries for 13 years where he was Regional Marketing Manager and Director of Professional Business Services. He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from Kansas State University.
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Ryan Ruikka is the biofuels energy analyst for The ProExporter Network®. Ryan has built and publishes the PRX biomass-based diesel monthly report, along with updating and publishing the weekly and monthly ethanol reports. Previously for PRX, he researched big academic and government computer models used in forecasting the future state of the agricultural sector. Ryan studied at Boston University receiving a B.A. in Mathematics and a B.A./M.A. in Economics. Graduating in four years with all three degrees while playing varsity hockey for the Terriers he also won the prestigious department prize in economics. His freshman year culminated in an NCAA National Championship. Ryan served as assistant captain for the hockey team in his fifth year at Boston University while receiving a second M.A. degree in Financial Economics. Ryan played professional hockey in Europe and the US for five seasons before joining PRX full-time.
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