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Performance Management for
Outstanding Ag Leaders

(Postponed due to COVID-19)
August 11-14, 2020
Champaign-Urbana, Illinois
Cost: $1,850

Centrec is proud to deliver a training program for your present and future sustainability needs while managing risk and optimizing your business resources.​

The program’s training approach goes beyond lectures. The sessions are designed to be fun, dynamic, interactive, real-world experiences while also challenging and applicable. There are opportunities to interact with peers in discussion panels, sharing personal challenges and experiences. The program also features visits with business executives and heads of relevant institutions.

During the session, the group will participate in competitive business games, computer simulations, experiential learning activities, case analysis, brainstorming, industry contrasts, peer reviews, alternating content, and informal sessions. And, you will take from the session a series of practical and applicable tools to implement.

Managing Financial Performance to Optimize Returns
Enhancing Business Returns with the DuPont Model

  • Margin-driven agricultural product lines

  • Cost-efficient business by design

  • Asset turnover boosters

  • Effects of performance management on returns

Risk Management to Optimize Performance
Integrated Enterprise Risk Management

  • Introduction to Enterprise Risk Management

  • Identification and prioritization of risk 

  • Risk assessment, score carding, and heat mapping

  • Value at risk and risk management

  • Integration into the business strategy

Scenario Analysis to Assess Uncertainty (Optional half-day session for an additional $400)

  • Screening the environment for relevant sources of uncertainties

  • Quantitative analysis for building scenarios

  • Scenario building

  • Drivers of possible futures 

  • Assessment of possible futures

  • What to watch as the future unfolds


Our Faculty

Since 1983, Centrec has delivered innovative education and training programs to more than 14,000 participants with backgrounds in farming, agribusiness, and banking. We are involved in the multiple training delivery mediums, including multimedia self-study programs, distributed learning, and classroom computer-based training.

Carlos Ortiz

Carlos is a Senior Associate at Centrec as well as a faculty member in various domestic and international agribusiness management programs. He has executive and training experience in agribanking, corporate finance, and agribusiness strategy.

Michael Boehlje

Mike is a Senior Associate at Centrec and a Distinguished Professor in the Center for Food and Agricultural Business at Purdue University. His areas of concentration include strategic planning to position agribusinesses for long-term success.

Todd Doehring

Todd is a Director at Centrec and was a faculty member at the University of Illinois for ten years. He is an experienced educator and has taught thousands of ag finance professionals on the topics of credit and financial analysis and the use of credit analysis software.

Steve Hofing

Steve has been the Managing Director of Centrec since its inception in 1983. He has nearly 40 years of domestic and international experience in ag finance, agribusiness management and strategy development, both in training and consulting.


Plan Your Visit


Reservations for dinner on August 11-13 will be arranged by Centrec during your visit.


Plan to arrive in Champaign on the afternoon of August 11 and depart the evening of August 13, unless you are attending the session on the morning of August 14.


Tuesday, August 11, 5:30 – 8:00 pm Introductions and Dinner.
Wednesday, August 12, 8:15 am – 5:30 pm Session followed dinner.
Thursday, August 13, 8:15 am – 5:30 pm Close of the session.


Optional Session

Friday, August 14, 8:15 am – 12:00 pm Scenario session.


Pricing Information

$1,850  8/11-8/13 session



+400 8/14 morning session

+300  Meals for spouse/guest

-$200  Each additional person from the same organization (Enter Code "TRAIN2020")


The session will be held at the I Hotel, 1900 S 1st St, Champaign, IL 61820.

For all local entertainment options, please go to to discover all that Urbana-Champaign has to offer.


Lodging is available at the I Hotel from August 11-14, 2020. 
Cost $129+tax. For reservations, call 217-819-5000.
To make reservations online at
Click on the orange “Check Availability” button
Click on the orange “Attendee Code” button at the bottom
Enter the Attendee Code: “PERFORM20”  


If you are traveling internationally, the most convenient way to get to the conference is to fly directly to Chicago O’Hare. You will then need to make your way downstate to Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, about 2 hours south of Chicago. The program will be held at the I Hotel in Champaign, Illinois.


From Chicago to Champaign there are three very convenient means of transportation:

  1. Fly from O’Hare Airport (ORD) to Willard Airport University of Illinois (CMI): There are many flights from ORD to CMI, beginning at 8:30 am and ending at 8:30 pm, lasting approximately one hour. While this is the fastest route, you may have less time to spend sightseeing in Chicago.

  2. Take a shuttle from O’Hare (Terminal 5) to Champaign Illinois Terminal. This trip takes two and a half hours and has several pickups from 7:00 am to 10:30 pm. You can purchase passes online with Peoria Charter Coach.

  3. Train from Union Station (downtown Chicago) to Champaign Illinois Terminal. There are three daily departures if you are traveling by train: 8:15 am, 4:00 pm, and 8:00 pm. This option will take roughly two hours. You can buy tickets online from Amtrak.


Once you arrive in Champaign-Urbana, taxis are available to take you to the I Hotel.


Temperature can be hot and humid this time of year.

The dress is business casual.

You will need a computer, so bring your notebook or laptop.

If you’re traveling from another country don't forget your VISA.

Plan Your Visit
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