The leadership team of Pinnacle™ is comprised of seasoned and focused veterans of the crop input industry committed to common core values and our mission of grower success.
L. Kenneth Cordell, Jr. has been our President and Chief Executive Officer since 2013. He previously was Chief Executive Officer of United Agri Products, Inc. from 2003 to 2008 and was President, Chief Executive Officer and director of UAP Holding Corp. from 2004 to 2008. Mr. Cordell worked for the FMC Agricultural Products Group division of FMC Corporation, from 1992 to 2001, serving most recently as Director of the North American Agricultural Products Group. He held various positions in the agricultural divisions of Rohm & Haas Company from 1979 to 1989 and BASF Corporation from 1989 to 1992.
Dave Bullock joined Pinnacle in the fall of 2015. Prior to his current position, Mr. Bullock served as a board member and Chairman of the Audit Committee for Pinnacle Agriculture Holdings, LLC and worked as an independent consultant and investor. He served as the Chief Financial Officer of Graham Packaging, a global manufacturer of rigid plastics containers, from 2009 to 2011. Mr. Bullock served as the Chief Operating Officer, as well as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at UAP Holding Corporation from 2003 to 2008.
Beverly S. Gates has been our Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary since 2015 and was previously our Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary from 2013 to 2015. She previously was Assistant General Counsel of Verso Paper Corp. from 2011 to 2013. Ms. Gates was an attorney and shareholder of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell and Berkowitz, P.C. from 2000 to 2011. She was a consultant with Ernst & Young LLP from 1999 to 2000.
Michael J. Steffeck has been Executive Vice President, Procurement and Product Strategy since 2015 and was previously President of our Innvictis Crop Care, LLC subsidiary from 2012 to 2015. He was previously founder and Chief Executive Officer of Fuzion Technologies, LLC, from 2009 to 2012. Mr. Steffeck was President of Loveland Products Inc., an affiliate of Agrium Inc. in 2009 and held various positions within United Agri Products, Inc. from 2005 to 2008, when it was purchased by Agrium, Inc. He held various positions in the FMC Agricultural Products Group Division of FMC Corporation from 1993 to 2005, most recently serving as Area Director of the Latin America North business unit where he was responsible for managing the Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean business unit.
Dean M. Williams has been our Executive Vice President, Distribution since 2015 and was previously our Vice President and Chief Procurement Officer from 2012 to 2015. He previously was employed by Terral Seed, Inc. from 2010 to 2012 serving as Chief Executive Officer in 2010, and then as General Manager after the acquisition of the company by Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc. Mr. Williams was Regional Manager with Crop Production Services, Inc. from 2008 to 2009. He held various positions with United Agri Products, Inc. from 1988 to 2008, most recently serving as Executive Vice President of U.S. Retail.