Mr. Wichmann is Corporate Vice President of the North
American Seed Division of Pioneer Hi-Bred Internationat Inc.,
headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa. He is in charge of marketing
Pioneer brand products throughout the U.S. and Canada.
He began his career with Pioneer in 1959 at its Tipton, Indiana
facility. After one year, he became District Sales Manager for
North Carolina and southern Virginia. He has since served as
General Sales Manager and Vice President and Director of Sales
for the Eastern Division, Executive Vice President and President
of the Eastern Division. The Eastern Division is a highly
profitable branch of the corporation, partly because of the
innovative training and evaluation systems introduced by Mr.
Wichmann for the Division's 1,400 farmer-salesmen.
Mr. Wichmann has served as a member of the Board of Directors
of the Indiana 4-H Foundation and the Indiana Institute of
Agriculture, Food, and Nutrition. He was also a member of the
Resource Committee of the Indiana Corn Growers Association
and the Indiana Agriculture, Food, and Nutrition's Steering
Committee for developing a strategic plan for Indiana agriculture.
He is a member of the National Action Commission on the
Mental Health of Rural Americans.
He has always shown a strong commitment to his community.
While living in the Tipton area, he was instrumental in establishing
the Tipton County Foundation which identifies civic,
social, educational, and recreational needs in that community.
They address those needs through financial support in the form
of grants from the Foundation.
In 1988, the Purdue Ag Alumni Association presented its
highest award, the Certificate of Distinction, to Mr. Wichmann
for his contributions to Indiana Agriculture.