Young Alum of the Month: Adam Koppes

Adam Koppes
Title and Company: 
Area Marketing Manager at Genex Cooperative
Maquoketa, IA
Major and Graduation Date: 
Dairy Science, May 2009
Major Job/Position Responsibilities: 

My primary role is to provide dairy and beef producers with profitable solutions pertaining to their genetic and reproduction programs. I also manage a sales staff of eleven people that provide daily service to dairy and beef customers. My position includes teaching AI schools, reproduction and genetic consulting, and networking with industry professionals.

What you like most about your job/position: 

My position allows me to experience different scales of agriculture. On any given day, I can work with a dairy farmer with 5 cows and then visit a producer with 2,200 cows, and finish the day visiting with a 6,000 head feedlot manager that wants to talk about why genetics will make him more profitable. In my role at Genex, I get to visit with a wide variety of industry professionals and build partnerships to help our members. My favorite part of my job is there is never a day that is the same and you talk to someone new daily!

What advice would you give to current students: 

Begin networking early with everyone you can! The person to your right in Lush 125 could be your next client or future co-worker, and you will fall back on the relationships you had in college. In addition, get involved on campus and make it a point to become part of something.

Attend every career fair; your professor isn’t going to be paying you when you graduate. We are very lucky at Iowa State to have such a great career services staff, so make sure to visit with them before and after career fairs.

Also, start looking for internships when you are a freshman. They are some of the most important experiences of your life. Internships help mold an idea of your ideal career, while letting you try things you would not normally do.