Meet the Team
Glenn Thuringer – President/CEO
Glenn has been with Bioverse since 2012 and is excited to continue the growth that Bioverse has seen in the Healthy Ponds brand. Prior to joining the company, Glenn worked on the floor of the Chicago Board of Trade, was a Branch Manager of a bank, and spent 14 years as the Manager of Economic Development in Worthington, Minn. He has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration from Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell, SD.
Since joining Bioverse, Glenn has led the company to new levels by establishing a quality sales team and sales programs. He has guided the company through a product line expansion and developed new industry leading solutions. Glenn has also successfully begun exporting the Bioverse products into other countries and developed distribution in those countries.
Conrad Schmidt – CTO
Dr. Schmidt graduated from the University Of Minnesota, College Of Veterinary Medicine. For 30 years he was an owner and staff member of a large veterinary practice specializing in the production of animal medicine. Dr Schmidt has received various honors from the American Association of Swine Veterinarians, and state associations, for his leadership position in the animal production industry.
As a partner in the Veterinary Medical Center PA of Worthington Minnesota, he served as the President of Oxford Veterinary Laboratories as well as Senior staff member for the clinic. Dr Schmidt served as a Vice President of UpJohn Animal Health, as well as Pharmacia. In 1987 Dr. Schmidt was recognized by the State of Minnesota as the entrepreneur of the year.
Currently Dr. Schmidt is President of C.B. Schmidt and Associates LLC., a company that is engaged in developing leading edge technologies that enhance the animal production industry. Dr. Schmidt’s primary areas of expertise are in animal nutrition and food animal diagnostics, food safety; swine heard health and production, foreign animal disease, as well as animal identification and movement.
Larry Arndt – Sales and Distribution Director
Larry started in agriculture early in life as he was born and raised on a farm near Lytton, Iowa. Being the youngest of 4 children and with a father and mother that understood the meaning of hard work he had crop production in his veins very early in life.
After graduating from high school in 1968, Larry went to work at the local coop as a general laborer. 1971 was a great year for Larry as he married his best friend and wife, Mary, of 47 years and became the agronomy manager at that local coop.
Larry never looked back, as he worked in the agronomy management until the day he retired from MaxYield Cooperative of West Bend, Iowa on December 31, 2016. In those 45 years he worked for Independent retailers like UAP, ConAgra, Cargill and then many years with several large cooperatives in Iowa.
Larry has always been very interested in discovering new ways to help his customers raise higher yields. His motto was “How to raise more with less?”. He developed an information management business called AgKnowledge that he sold to MaxYield, which is now called SciMax. Under Larry’s leadership, SciMax wrote a nitrogen management program that is still being used on thousand of acres.
Shortly after retirement he had the opportunity to join Bioverse and expand his interest in the microbial attributes within crop production.
Larry and Mary have two children, Ben who is the COO of Bell Incorporated in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He is married to Sara and they have 2 children, Fletcher and Finley. Their daughter Sarah is a Doctor in Iowa City and she has 3 children, Maddie, Ethan and Liam.
Larry and Mary enjoy their time together. They have always enjoyed family and friends and thank God every day for all the gifts they have received.
Jerry Burns – Ag Development Manager
Jerry was born in northeast South Dakota and is the tenth of eleven children. Jerry’s father worked for the local post office and farmed, where Jerry learned to enjoy agriculture. Jerry graduated from Southwest State University in 1988, the same year he married is wife of thirty years, Holly.
After graduating, Jerry spent 18 years with RJR Nabisco. With RJR he held the positions of Key Account Manager, Area Sales Manager and Retail Manager. In 2005 Jerry took on a regional sales manager role with Cargill with their Ag Horizons business unit. During his 7 years with Cargill, Jerry was awarded several awards including sales manager of the year, twice. Jerry joined Bioverse in 2015 as the Ag Sales Development manager.
Jerry has been involved in several local organizations including; Habitat For Humanity, Sioux Empire Baseball, Prairie Lights Youth Camp and various activities at his church.
Jerry has three grown boys, and enjoys fishing and golfing.
Matthew Schutte – Business Development Representative
Matthew Schutte was raised on a farm in Rushmore, MN where they raised corn, soybeans, and cattle. Matthew went to high school in Worthington, MN and graduated in 2009. Afterwards he went to Minnesota West Community & Technical College for agriculture and while attending school he trucked with his dad and brothers. After graduating with an Associate Degree in Agriculture in 2011, he went on to South Dakota State University and acquired his Bachelors of Science degree in Agronomy in 2014. He continued his passion for learning by going for his Masters in Crop Production at South Dakota State University.
In December of 2016 he joined the Healthy Farms team and helps his customers by being a great source of knowledge in microbes and how they can provide solutions for many farming operations, whether this be through manure remediation, animal health, or crops.