Meet the Team

Leon Hannebaum Founder & CEO
Agriculture runs in Leon's blood. Raised on a farm west of Salina, Leon grew up working cattle, running tractors, or working at the local grain elevator. After graduating from Emporia State University with a degree in business management and economics—and a 15 month all-expenses-paid trip to Vietnam with the U.S. Army—Leon came back to Salina to work with a local grain company in the Board of Trade. Eight years later, he formed Hannebaum Grain Co., Inc., and for 40 years the company has been involved in numerous business interests; including cross country grain trading, owning and managing grain elevators, and creating two trucking companies.

When he isn't at the office, Leon likes to be at his cattle ranch near Lincoln, KS to get his hands dirty as often as he can. Leon has four grown children along with 10 grandkids that can't seem to do anything wrong.
Jeremy Girard President
Another born-and-bred Salinan, Jeremy took a short journey east to Kansas State University after high school, where he earned a degree in Milling Science. Not satisfied, he stayed an extra year to tack on another degree, Ag Econ — and he still swears it had nothing to do with a certain girl. After K-State, Jeremy went to work for General Mills in Des Moines, but sometimes it's true that there really is "no place like home." So Jeremy moved back to Salina in 2004 to join HG.

After working as a merchandiser for over 10 years, Jeremy became president of Hannebaum Grain on April 1, 2015. He has also been on the Kansas Grain and Feed Association's Board of Directors since 2008, and was recently elected 2nd Vice Chairman by his peers.

Jeremy and his wife have three children, and when he isn't (happily) occupied by them, he tries to golf, hunt, fish, and tackle any one of the numerous home improvement projects he has going at any given time.
Russ Weaver Merchandising Manager
Salinan born and raised, Russ graduated in 1984 with a degree in Business Administration from Marymount College, where he also garnered fame as a starting pitcher on the baseball team — or so he claims. After hanging up his glove, Russ entered the grain industry in 1989 and hasn't looked back, racking up over two decades of experience trading corn, wheat, beans, milo, sunflower, you name it.

He and his wife enjoyed raising three children, and now they enjoy each other's company with all the kids out of the house.
Paul McAfee Merchandiser
Originally from Fullerton, NE, Paul was raised on a family farm and learned about the ag industry from (literally) the ground up. After attending Central Community College in Hastings, NE, he joined Pillsbury in 1977. Six years later, Paul packed up and headed to Kansas to work for Hannebaum Grain and, unbenownst to him at the time, get married and have four kids.

Paul is passionate about Nebraska Husker athletics and the seemingly unending activities his children are involved with.
Jared Burch Merchandiser
Jared graduated from Bennington High School where he claims he was an All-American in every sport imaginable. He then moved on to Kansas Wesleyan in Salina where he majored in golf and in his spare time somehow received a Business Management degree. Since receiving his degree, Jared has been involved in sales with the most recent being General Manager of Fastenal in Salina. Always one for a challenge, Jared accepted a position as a Grain Merchandiser with Hannebaum Grain in 2015.

Jared and his wife Erin have two little boys to keep them busy. In his spare time he loves to golf, hunt, fish and anything else as long as it is outdoors.
Brad Cain Merchandiser
Brad was born in Salina, KS, where he tormented many a kid back in the day (he was a principal's son, and they get away with everything). After graduating from Southeast of Saline High School, Brad went on to play basketball at Southwestern College and graduated in 1993 with a Bachelor's in Business Marketing. He then went to Kansas State University and received a degree in Milling Science in 1995.

Brad moved to the west coast and worked for Cargill, Inc. in a flour mill, but soon realized the coasts were not for him. He returned home to Salina where he took a job with The Scoular Co. He spent 10 years with Scoular before joining Hannebaum Grain in 2006. Brad loves the outdoors and finds himself on the golf course many days of the year, or coaching his two children in sports.
Evan Stirn Merchandiser
Evan Stirn joined the Hannebaum Grain team of merchandisers in 2018. Evan has been involved in some type of sales ever since graduating from Salina Central High School in 2010. The other senior traders at Hannebaum have taken Evan under their wings, and he has already built up an impressive clientele list that he is working with on a daily basis. When Evan is not putting trades together during the day, you can find him outside with his five-year-old son and best buddy Jayden. Give them both a fishing pole and life is good.