Who We Are

AGRI-SEARCH is committed to serving the agricultural industry with integrity, passion, and excellence by assisting our candidates to reach their career goals and helping our client companies build successful teams.

 Professional Agricultural Recruiters You Can Trust

Dave Allen - President and Ag Recruiter with AGRI-SEARCH

Dave Allen
dave@agri-search.com
(217) 543-2505

Dave received his Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture Education and Master’s degree in Agronomy from the University of Illinois. After participating for six months in the FFA Work Experience Abroad program in West Germany, Dave joined the University of Illinois Cooperative Extension Service Staff.

He served as Agricultural Extension Advisor for 3 ½ years in his home county of Shelby and 4 ½ years in Piatt County. Dave worked for eight years as a sales agronomist for two Illinois cooperatives, Grand Prairie Co-op and Effingham Equity, before joining AGRI-SEARCH in 1999. Dave is married with three children. He enjoys spending time with family, Illini basketball, Cardinal baseball, and being active in Promise Keepers. Dave specializes in placing personnel in the grain industry.

Jim Fleming- Agr Recruiter with AGRI-SEARCH

Jim Fleming
jim@agri-search.com
(217) 543-2505

Jim leads the Agronomy and Seed Recruiting sector for AGRI-SEARCH. Since joining the company in 2002, Jim has successfully filled nearly 350 positions and has helped AGRI-SEARCH in becoming one of the premier agribusiness personnel consulting firms in the country.

With nearly 35 years in the agribusiness industry, Jim is considered an expert in his field and has been interviewed on AGRI-TALK, Brownfield Network, RFD Network, Cromwell Ag Radio, Wisconsin Farm Network, Farmweek News, and both the Illinois and Indiana Agri-News. Jim supports the industry through his involvement in the American Seed Trade Association, Independent Professional Seed Association, Illinois Fertilizer and Chemical Association, Wisconsin Agribusiness Association, and the Indiana Crop Improvement Association.

On the local level, Jim takes an active role in the FFA and 4-H organizations and volunteers in his community and church. His hobbies are collecting Oliver, Minneapolis-Moline, and JI Case tractors and farm implements and participating in antique farm shows throughout the country. He also enjoys gardening and working in the yard.

Erin Miller
erin@agri-search.com
(217) 543-2505

Erin Miller joined the AGRI-SEARCH team in 2019 as our Office Manager. Should you come to the AGRI-SEARCH office or call on the phone, she will likely be the first person to greet you.  Erin brings an enthusiastic and caring touch to our office every day.  Her positive personality and kind spirit make her perfect for serving the diverse needs of our client companies, candidates and staff.

Her passion for office work and love for helping people make her a perfect fit for serving our clientele.  She has prior experience in office administration working as the Office Assistant for an optometrist, a Legal Assistant for a law firm, and a Bookkeeper for a small business owner.

Erin grew up in Hammond, Illinois, a small town in the heart of the Central Illinois agricultural industry.  She successfully completed the Office Professionals Program in the Business Division at Lake Land College and now resides in Arthur, Illinois, with her husband and two daughters.Outside of the office Erin enjoys spending time with her husband and daughters, cooking out with family and friends, being outdoors / camping, taking pictures, and volunteering in various areas at church, including serving as the Children’s Ministry Director.  She is also the Bookkeeper for her husband’s woodworking business.

Vic Heinold - Ag Recruiter Specializing in Grain, Feed and Nutrition

Vic Heinold
vic@agri-search.com
(217) 543-2505

Vic was raised in Kouts, Indiana.  He graduated from Kouts High School and attended Purdue University.  In 1976, he assumed the responsibility for the family business, Heinold Elevator and Feeds.  During his tenure from 1976 until 2004, Heinold Feeds became one of the top specialty feed manufacturers in the nation and a highly recognized pre-mix manufacturer specializing in Dairy.

In November of 2004, Vic was elected to the Indiana State Senate where he sponsored and authored numerous bills making Indiana a business-friendly state for agriculture, especially ethanol production.  In May of 2007, he retired from the Senate and accepted a full-time position with Consolidated Grain & Barge as General Manager of the Feed Ingredient Division with a strong emphasis on Distillers Dried Grains.  Vic left CGB in the fall of 2011, and in October 2011, he joined AGRI-SEARCH as a Professional Agricultural Recruiter specializing in the grain and feed and nutrition industries and a variety of management positions with state and national agriculture associations.

He is the father of five children and proud grandfather of 16.  His civic activities, to name a few, include The Gideons International, Florida Guardian ad Litem Program, Florida Feed Association, American Feed Industry Association, and Indiana Grain and Feed Association of which he served as Chairman.

Chelbi Williams Alt
chelbi@agri-search.com
(217) 543-2505

Chelbi Williams Alt was born and raised in Assumption, Illinois. After graduating from Millikin University in 2006 with a Business Management degree, she began working in the Agricultural Industry with GSI.

During her 13-year tenure with GSI, Chelbi managed the Inside Sales, Customer Service, and Technical Support teams. She also worked as a Global Project Manager implementing Salesforce.com and the Dealer Portal (ONE GSI).

Chelbi joined the AGRI-SEARCH team in 2019 as a Professional Recruiter specializing in Sales and Sales Management. Chelbi and her husband reside in Westville, Indiana.

Along with her older sister, Chelbi founded the Casey Williams Foundation in memory of their younger sister. Partnering with five other Board members, they focus their efforts on promoting the need for organ and tissue donation while helping families on their organ and tissue donation journey. She has a true passion for helping others and working with people. Her favorite pastime is being with her family and friends, especially her nephew and nieces.

Rich Connell - Founder and Retired Ag Recruiter with AGRI-SEARCH

Rich Connell
Retired

 

Rich received his Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture from Iowa State University and spent nine years on the family farm in northwest Iowa.  The next 23 years he worked in sales and management with Farmland Industries.

Rich then joined the farmer-marketing program for a commodity brokerage firm where he established a personnel search division before forming his own company, Rich Connell AGRI-SEARCH, Inc. in 1995.  Officially retired since December 31, 2001, Rich enjoys spending time with his family, golfing, University of Illinois football and basketball, and attending several trade shows and career fairs each year with the RCAS staff.