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Brian R. Bickford

Agri Logisitcs

Brian Bickford, President of AgriLogistics, has over 35 years of experience in the commercial grain commodity industry. The last 11 years are specifically in the niche of containerized commodity exports from North America.His previous major corporate employment includes Continental Grain, Louis Dreyfus, and the Scoular Company. Work with these corporations comprised operations, grain procurement and marketing, both domestic and international, logistics, quality control, loss control, and regulatory compliance. In operations management, Bickford's career ranges from small country elevators, to interior unit train terminal operations, to Gulf export vessel loading. Staff positions with Continental included corporate operations/engineering stints, including development of annual and long term capital project investments. Within the sphere of container export supply chains, his comprehensive vision of operations, logistics, and merchandising, supports analysis of projected returns on investments.Since founding AgriLogistics in 2006, Bickford's focus has been exclusively on loading and shipping bulk commodities by container.Services provided to clients include development of commodity procurement, creation of loading facilities, and development of logistical solutions, especially container drayage. The firm has additionally managed international document preparation, quality control management, and expendable supply provisions for container loading facilities. Given 35 years of networking in a close knit industry, Bickford's contacts range from Asian based buyers, through domestic corporate traders, to farm producers across the North American Continent.Bickford's current work focuses on design and construction of container loading facilities. Over the past five years his operational concepts and equipment have been utilized in transload operations from Savannah to Seattle, and Los Angeles to Newark. Brian and his wife Jean live just outside the Kansas City metropolitan area, on 5 acres, where they frequently host their children, with spouses, grandchildren and their extended family. They are active in local Christian ministries, including English as a Second Language, and literacy tutorials for disadvantaged elementary children. Looking forward to retirement, Bickford contemplates missionary work in Ethiopian agricultural micro-loans, and work with a not-for-profit in Kansas supporting rural economic development.

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