Michael Swanson, Ph.D., Wells Fargo’s Chief Agricultural Economist, forecasts key agricultural commodities such as cattle, dairy and hogs, along with wheat, soybeans, corn, and cotton. He also has extensive experience analyzing the impact of energy on agriculture. Michael develops develop credit and risk strategies for agricultural companies, and performs macroeconomic and international analysis on agricultural production and agribusiness. He is based in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Michael joined Wells Fargo in 2000 as a senior economist. Before that, he worked for Land O’ Lakes and supervised a portion of the supply chain for dairy products, including scheduling the production, warehousing, and distribution, and also supervised sales forecasting. Michael also worked for Cargill’s Colombian subsidiary, Cargill Cafetera de Manizales S.A., with responsibility for grain imports and value-added sales to feed producers and flour millers. He started his career as a transportation analyst with Burlington Northern Railway.
Michael received undergraduate degrees in economics and business administration from the University of St. Thomas, and both his master’s and doctorate degrees in agricultural and applied economics from the University of Minnesota.
Damian Mason is an entrepreneur, farm owner, writer, and speaker. His on stage career began in 1994 when he resigned from corporate American to become a professional Bill Clinton impersonator. Times change and so do presidents. Damian transformed from political humor by creating his next opportunity. Today, he delivers insights and information, in a very entertaining manner, on the two subjects he knows best — agriculture and business.
Damian was raised on a dairy farm in Indiana and has a lifetime of agricultural experience. He holds a degree in Agricultural Economics from Purdue University and also studied comedy writing and improvisation at The Second City in Chicago. He is a member of the Screen Actors Guild and the National Speakers Association. When he’s not traveling for work, Damian can be found on his Indiana farm with his wife Lori, or escaping from winter at their Arizona residence.
“Speakers were well organized and topics were interesting”