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Meet the Team

Leon Hannebaum Founder & CEO
Agriculture runs in Leon's blood. Born on a farm somewhere between Culver and Hedville in Kansas, he decided early on that milking cows would not be in his future. After graduating from Emporia State University with a degree in Business Management, and serving for 15 months in Vietnam, Leon came to Salina to work for a local grain company.

It was at this time that Leon began crafting the plan that would lead to the birth of Hannebaum Grain. It wasn't long before he opened up his basement door and, along with it, his business. Not one to take a back seat, Leon is still an active merchandiser alongside his staff.

When he isn't at the office, Leon is either agonizing over K-State athletics or chasing one of his nine grandkids. He also gets out to his cattle ranch near Lincoln, KS, to get his hands dirty as often as he can.
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.
Troy Shippy Merchandiser
A Hope, KS native, Troy received his B.S. in Agriculture Economics — with a specialty option in Animal Science & Industry — from Kansas State in 2014. Prior to coming to Hannebaum Grain, Troy did an internship with Skyland Grain in Johnson, KS, before working for Mid-Kansas Coop in Longford, KS. In his spare time, Troy likes to hunt, help out on his dad's farm, and cheer on K-State.
Tyler Pracht Merchandiser
Tyler was raised on a farm near Westphalia, KS, and received an Associate's Degree from Allen County Community College. He then received an Agriculture Economics degree from Kansas State. Tyler likes anything outdoors, including hunting, fishing, and farming. To help pay his way through college, he was a referee in both football and basketball, so he wants to apologize for any bad calls he made against your son or daughter.
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.