Alex R. Offerdahl


148 Autobahn
Stevensville, MT 59870
Phone 406-252-7776
E-mail aofferdahl@wattsandassociates.com

Education
2002 - 2005 Kansas State University – Via Distance
MBA – Applied Economics Emphasis
  • Graduated with Highest Honors - May 2005
  • Ranked First in Class, 4.0 GPA
  • Outstanding Thesis Award
  • KSU Agricultural Economics - 2005-06
1996 – 2001 Montana State University – Bozeman
Agricultural Education – Agricultural Marketing Emphasis
  • Graduated with honors – May 2001

Professional experience
2007-Present Watts and Associates
Billings, MT Project Manager / Task Manager
Led development team designing economic and financial tools under fixed price contracts. Coordinated development of detailed quantitative research. Supervised research and production staff with diverse skills and education levels. Monitored project progress, compliance with contracts, and maintained all reporting functions. Responsible for allocation and management of $2 Million research and analysis project budget.

2004- 2007      Watts and Associates
Billings, MT Research Analyst / Applied Economist
Performed detailed quantitative analysis of statistical and financial information. Coordinated activities of research staff to complete specific projects and develop analytic support materials. Wrote proposals for new research projects including development of cost estimates, projected timelines, and determining plan of work processes. Managed moderate-sized projects from inception through completion.

2003 – 2004      MT Grain Growers/Stockgrowers
Great Falls, MT Manager of Educational Programs
Developed Risk Management education programs targeted at farmers and ranchers. Wrote grants and conducted fund-raising activities to fund $250,000 annual program budget. Developed web-based education programs for producers and commodity marketers. Conducted introductory and intermediate risk management training sessions. Hosted advanced risk management and applied economics training sessions.

2001 – 2003      MT Grain Growers/Stockgrowers
Great Falls, MT Market Manager Program Coordinator
Coordinated market utilization and enhancement education program for farmers. Conducted basic instruction in risk management tools to producer groups. Facilitated marketing club activities and educational sessions.

Summary of Applicable Skills
  • Solid knowledge and background in project management
  • Budget management, cost accounting, and project reporting experience
  • Contract development, liability control, and client relations skills
  • Formal training in finance, economics, management, business, marketing, and acquisitions
  • Ability to teach, train, and relate to people of diverse knowledge and experience levels
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills

References
Lola Raska, Executive Vice President
Montana Grain Growers Association
Great Falls, MT – (406) 761–4596

Steve Edwardson Executive Administrator
North Dakota Barley Commission
Fargo, ND – (701) 741-9170

Dr. Gary Brester, Professor of Agricultural Economics
Montana State University
Bozeman, MT – (406) 994-7883

Contact information for my current supervisor or additional references available upon request.

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Goals for the Institute

Developing Countries:
To develop sustainable agricultural risk management programs for developing countries that result in economic stability and new sources of “risk capital” for their agriculture sectors.

Developed Countries:
To provide a training, succession planning, and “analytical research capability” environment for developed country governments and private companies engaged or expanding their work in agricultural risk management.




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