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
(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 and purchasing the business in 2001. Dave is married with three grown 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 and working with agricultural companies and boards in management and leadership succession.

Jim Fleming- Agr Recruiter with AGRI-SEARCH

Jim Fleming
(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.

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

Vic Heinold
(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
(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.

Brad Jansen
(217) 543-2505

Brad Jansen grew up on a grain farm near Effingham, Illinois. He graduated with a degree in Agricultural Engineering from the University of Illinois in 2010. He spent 10 years in the grain business in Operations, Management and Merchandising. During that time, he lived and worked in Arkansas, Nebraska, Texas, North Dakota, Wisconsin, Illinois, and Indiana.

Brad and his wife are the owners of a Montessori Preschool located in Effingham, Illinois. They are the proud parents of four children. Brad’s interests include Fighting Illini Basketball, quail hunting, hiking, playing and coaching sports, and spending time with family. Brad joined AGRI-SEARCH in 2022 as a recruiter specializing in Grain.

Rich Roach
(217) 543-2505

Rich Roach grew up in Northern Illinois raising and showing livestock.  In his youth he was heavily involved in 4-H and FFA.  His professional career began with a commercial swine operation.  After five years of farm management, he moved to the grain industry and spent 12 years in Grain Operations management.  During those years he worked for cooperatives as well as privately held companies.

Rich resides in the small northern Illinois community of Ashton where he lives with his wife and four children.  He continues to raise livestock and enjoys camping, coaching baseball and being a dad.  Rich joined AGRI-SEARCH in 2024 as a recruiter specializing in the Grain industry with a focus in Grain Operations Management.

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

Rich Connell


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.