Monmouth College will host its second annual Midwest Matters forum on Oct. 15 at 2 p.m. in the Dahl Chapel and Auditorium.
Free and open to the public, the forum is part of a series that is focusing on the Midwest’s growing influence in the global marketplace, how the region can become more competitive on the international stage and how the younger generation can be educated to help lead the resurgence.
The keynote speaker is Jackie Zachmeyer, director of finance for the Agriculture and Turf Division of Deere & Co., and a 1989 Monmouth graduate. State Rep. Don Moffitt (R-Gilson) will also speak.
A 1985 graduate of Sherrard High School, Zachmeyer studied accounting at Monmouth before working for four years at KPMG in Davenport, Iowa, as an audit supervisor. She joined Deere in 1993 as a member of its audit staff.
After working several years as a forecast accountant, accounting manager and financial analyst, Zachmeyer moved to Canada to serve as controller for Deere’s Welland (Ontario) Works. In 2006, she was transferred to Deere’s European Regional Office in Mannheim, Germany, where she most recently served as a finance director for the Agriculture & Turf Division. Earlier this year, she returned to the corporate headquarters in Moline to serve in the same Agriculture & Turf capacity.
“My current job entails being the business counselor to the Harvesting, Crop Care and Hay & Forage product lines of the business,” Zachmeyer said. “We have factories located in all parts of the world, including China, India, Brazil, Europe, Russia, Mexico and the U.S. I also have business counseling responsibilities for the selling regions of Europe, the Commonwealth of Independent States, Mexico and South America.”
Zachmeyer participates in defining the division’s strategic direction by providing financial counsel. She is also responsible for identifying and analyzing acquisition opportunities and improving business results.