Loading Events

« All Events

  • This event has passed.

ANZACC Midwest My Story – May 2019

May 30 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm CDT

The ANZACC Midwest Board is delighted to invite members and guests to the second installment of our 2019 My Story Series featuring Brendan Deck, Regional General Manager North America, Nufarm Americas Inc and Stephen Mikkelsen, Group Chief Financial Officer, Sims Metal Management.

In addition to both being ANZACC Midwest Silver Business Members, Brendan and Michael are great mates. As background, the Decks and the Mikkelsens were neighbors in Wellington, New Zealand. Brendan is married with five children and Stephen is married with four children. All of their young adult children are around similar ages. This, combined with their shared heritage, values and international business acumen, has helped the two families form and maintain life-long friendships.


About Brendan Deck:
Brendan Deck grew a family business in agriculture machinery in New Zealand to the largest of its kind in Australasia. He then moved into agriculture chemicals. Brendan been in the US since March 2015, based at the North American Head Office in Chicago as the President for Nufarm North America. Brendan has been with the Nufarm Group for the past 30 years running the Application Machinery division “Croplands” and the “Crop Care” Ag & Specialty Chemical business in Australia and New Zealand. His experience in the Ag & Specialty market place has been extensive, in both the Application Machinery and Chemical markets, and he now is enjoying continuing this on in the North American market. His passion for the industry has been instrumental in building Nufarm as a trusted consistent supplier of innovative solutions to the Ag & T&O industries.


About Stephen Mikkelsen:
Stephen Mikkelsen joined the Company in January 2018 as Group Chief Financial Officer. Stephen has over 30 years’ experience in finance and executive management roles. Prior to joining the Company, Stephen held senior leadership positions at AGL Energy, including Chief Financial Officer from 2006 to 2012, which was followed by Group General Manager Retail Energy and Executive General Manager Energy Markets. Previous to AGL, he was the Chief Financial Officer of Snowy Hydro from 2001 to 2006, and Chief Financial Officer of Contact Energy from 1999 to 2000. Stephen is a Chartered Accountant and a member of Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand.


  • Learn more about Brendan and Stephen’s stories in a casual, intimate atmosphere at this unique, invite-only venue overlooking the Chicago River and city skyline.
  • Enjoy a selection of red and white wines and local beers, plus light appetizers comprising a trio of salsas and hummus topped with sumac and garlic oil and served with pita chips and thick cucumber slices.

Thursday, May 30, 2019
6:00pm to 8:00pm

325 North LaSalle, Suite 725, Chicago, IL 60654

Members: $20
Non-Members: $30

Click here to secure your spot at this intimate event by Monday, May 20, 2019.


About Nufarm:
Nufarm’s North American operation encompasses several business units serving agriculture, turf, ornamental and greenhouse, seed treatment, and industrial vegetation management. Nuseed, our global seed business, is also based in the US. Two plants in the Chicago area produce 90 percent of the product we sell in the US. Our Alsip site, opened in 2013, produces fungicides, insecticides, growth regulators and seed treatments. This state-of-the art facility includes a full quality control lab, a pilot plant, and unique custom-blend capabilities. For more information, visit http://www.nufarm.com/us.


About Sims Metal Management
Sims Metal Management is a leader in metals and electronics recycling with more than 250 facilities, operations in 18 countries, and more than 5,000 employees globally. As a company whose entire business is focused on making resources available for future use, Sims plays an intrinsic role in the circular economy by keeping resources in use for as long as possible and is fully committed to closing the loop on recycling for a more sustainable future. As a responsible corporate citizen, Sims continuously seeks new ways to broaden its participation in the environmental sector. Please visit www.simsmm.com for more information on Sims and its commitment to a sustainability.


About the World of Whirlpool
The World of Whirlpool is not a typical appliance showroom – it’s an experience. We are a discovery-based experience center offering a chance to interact with our experts and learn unique “life hacks.” Located in the penthouse of the historic Reid-Murdoch Building in downtown Chicago, we are the international brand and product experience center for Whirlpool Corporation. Our nearly 40,000-square-foot facility features 12 exquisite demonstration kitchens, interactive laundry showrooms, unique meeting spaces and incredible rooftop entertaining areas overlooking the Chicago River. The facility is accessible by invitation-only for architects, influencers, retailers, and designers.

We hope to see you there!

The Board
ANZACC Midwest

ANZACC Midwest My Story – May 2019


May 30
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


World of Whirlpool
325 North LaSalle, Suite 725
Chicago, IL 60654 United States