Advisory Council on Agriculture, Small Business and Labor

The purpose of the Council is to promote communication between the Chicago Fed and representatives from agriculture, small business and labor sectors in the Seventh Federal Reserve District.



The Council members serve a two-year term and meet twice a year to provide their views on current business conditions to Chicago Fed President Charles Evans and other senior officials of the Bank. Input from Council members on regional economic conditions helps contribute to the Federal Reserve System's formulation of national monetary policy.


Advisory Council members are nominated by individuals and organizations representing a broad cross-section of the Midwest economy. The half-day Council meetings are moderated by President Evans and other Chicago Fed officials.

Council Members

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Brian K. Acton
President and Chief Executive Officer
BMWC Constructors, Inc.
Indianapolis, IN         
Renaye Manley

Renaye Manley
International Representative
Service Employees International Union
Chicago, IL
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Stacie R. Behler
Group Vice President, Public Affairs and Communication
Meijer, Inc.
Grand Rapids, MI          
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Craig Miller
Chief Executive Officer
Association for Corporate Growth in Chicago
Chicago, IL         
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Michelle Behrenwald
Vice Chair and Co-owner
AIS Construction Equipment Corp.
Grand Rapids, MI
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William (Bill) Phelan
President and Co-founder
PayNet, Inc.
Skokie, IL       
Rhandi Berth
Rhandi Berth
Vice President
Wisconsin Regional Training Partnership
Milwaukee, WI
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Raj G. Rao
President and Chief Executive Office
Indiana Municipal Power Agency
Carmel, IN        
George Corona
George Corona
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Kelly Services, Inc.
Troy, MI
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Jonathan M. Sargent
Executive Vice President
Todd & Sargent, Inc.
Ames, IA
Diane Oberhelman
Diane Cullinan Oberhelman
Chairman and Founding Partner
Cullinan Properties, Ltd.
Peoria, IL

Rick Tuttle
Prospect Partners, LLC
Chicago, IL

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Randall W. Eberts
W. E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research
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Larry Wappel, Sr.
President and Chief Executive Officer
Wappel Grain and Herb
San Pierre, IN
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Terrence Healy
Special Assistant to the General President and Vice President
Laborers’ International Union of North America
Chicago, IL
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Andrew Warrington
United Conveyor Corporation
Waukegan, IL
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Michael (Mick) Guttau
TS Banking Group
Treynor, IA
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Wyman B. Winston
Executive Director
Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority
Madison, WI
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Christine Hammerlund
President and Chief Executive Officer
Assured Healthcare Staffing
Gurnee, IL        
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Michael Withey
Tool Steel Service, Inc.
Bridgeview, IL
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Esther López
UFCW International
Washington, DC  
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David Woodburn
Chief Executive Officer
Blue Prairie Brands, LLC
St. Louis, MO
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