J.D. Heiskell Holdings, a commodity trading and livestock feed manufacturing enterprise, announced the seating of Dr. Bruce Scherr on its Board of Directors. Scherr is the Chairman of the Board and CEO Emeritus of Informa Economics, Inc. based in Memphis, TN.

Dr. Bruce Scherr

Dr. Bruce Scherr

“I’m not sure I can properly describe the honor and privilege that our company has today in welcoming Bruce onto our Board of Directors,” said Heiskell Board Chairman Scot Hillman. “His extensive experience, undeniable success as an entrepreneur and vast network in our industry makes him uniquely gifted to provide guidance to our corporate endeavors. His leadership and oversight will be of immense value to us as we move forward.”

Dr. Scherr has been with Informa Economics, Inc. (formerly Sparks Companies, Inc.) from 1987 to July 2014 in several executive capacities including President and CEO. Dr. Scherr received his bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University and his M.S. and Ph.D. from Purdue University, all in agricultural economics.  Currently, he is a member of the Board of E. Ritter & Company, Santa Energy Company,  and Chairman of the Board of Legumex Walker, Inc. From 2002 until 2015 he served on the board of the North American Electric Corporation (term limited) and during that tenure he was Vice Chairman, Chairman of the Finance and Audit Committee and Chairman of the Compliance Committee.

He a;sp served as a member of the Global Strategy Institute Advisory Council of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, as a member of the Board of Directors for Desert STAR Inc., an electrical transmission Independent System Operator for the Desert Southwest from January 2000 through February 2002, and as a member of The University of Tennessee’s (UT) Institute of Agriculture Agricultural Development Board and UT’s Committee for the Future.  He was named a 2007 Distinguished Agriculture Alumni from Purdue University and he is a member of several honorary research and agricultural societies, a member of the National FFA Foundation Sponsors’ Board 2000 through 2001 and a former advisor to the President’s Council of Economic Advisers and National Aeronautics and Space Administration.