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Osborn Barr
Office Employees101-200
Total US101-200
Total Worldwide101-200
Steve Barr, Co-Founder, Chairman
Steve represents more than 39 years of marketing and communications experience. Prior to co-founding Osborn Barr, he spent 10 years with Deere & Company developing advertising campaigns for North American and European markets, followed by three years with Monsanto. Steve earned a degree in agricultural journalism from the University of Missouri – Columbia, where he was named 2009 Alumni of the Year. In addition, he has served on the national boards of both the FFA and 4-H. He is still active in his family’s 1,500-acre row-crop farming operation and has been recognized for his efforts in promoting conservation in agriculture.
Michael Turley, Partner/CEO
As one of Osborn Barr's first employees, Michael has been involved with a wide range of clients, including management of O+B’s two foundation accounts, Monsanto and John Deere. Both personal and professional endeavors contribute to his extensive experience in the dairy industry. He started his career at Hoard’s Dairyman magazine. A fourth-generation farmer, Michael was born, raised and is still active on his family’s 800-acre/120-cow dairy farm in southern Illinois. Michael holds degrees in animal science and journalism from Iowa State University.
Rhonda Ries, Partner/CFO
With more than 26 years of financial and management experience, as co-managing partner, Rhonda oversees internal operations of O+B, providing strategic leadership and stewardship to all client accounts. Her prior experience includes financial roles with Fleishman-Hillard, Mozel and Smith & Nephew. Rhonda believes in community and industry involvement. She is a member of Financial Executives International (FEI) and St. Louis Women’s Forum; serves on the Board of Governor’s for the Gateway Chapter of the MS Society, serves on the Finance Committee of the American Advertising Agency Association (4A’s); the executive board of the St. Louis AAF/AD Club, the advisory board of HCB Health and as vice president for the Advantage Advisory Council.
Rhett Hawkins, Sr. VP, Managing Director
Rhett brings 39 years of Ag experience, 15 years of professional experience, and 6 years of direct-Monsanto experience via O+B, to managing strategic solutions for Monsanto.
Career/brand highlights include:
Media Planner, Grey Advertising
Owner, Client Services Director – RedRhino
Marketing Communications Manager – Bayer
DEKALB, Asgrow, Rimadyl launch (Pfizer), Poncho/VOTiVO launch (Bayer), Stoneville, LibertyLink, Dectomax launch (Pfizer), Metacam launch (Janssen)
Suzan Knese, VP, Chief Talent Officer
With over 20 years of experience, Suzan Knese leads Osborn Barr's Talent and Professional Development team. As chief talent officer, she teams with the business leads on business development, talent acquisition, employee relations, operational efficiencies and organizational design. Suzan’s background includes management and organizational development expertise, specializing in human resources issues and in management development to create forward thinking workplaces. She earned a Master of Arts degree in human resources management from Webster University and received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Southeast Missouri State University.