Mr. Heckman has more than 30 years of experience in the agriculture, energy and food processing industries. He is Founding Partner of Flatwater Partners and served as CEO of The Gavilon Group from 2008 to 2015. During his time at Gavilon, he led the company through a period of considerable growth in both the agriculture and energy industries prior to the eventual sale of the agriculture business to Marubeni Corporation and the energy business to NGL Energy Partners. Prior to that, he served as Chief Operating Officer of ConAgra Foods Commercial Products and President and COO of ConAgra Trade Group.
Mr. Heckman also serves as a non-executive director on the Board of Directors of OCI NV, a global producer of fertilizer and chemicals and serves on the North America Agribusiness Advisory Board of Rabobank, the NYSE Board Advisory Council and the Aksarben Foundation Board of Governors. Mr. Heckman holds a B.S. in agriculture economics and marketing from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.