Young Alum of the Month: Paul Gaffney

Paul Gaffney
Title and Company: 
Regional Trader at Transammonia Inc.
Aurora, Iowa
Major and Graduation Date: 
BS, Agronomy and M.ed., Education, 2002, 2006
Major Job/Position Responsibilities: 

Traders buy and sell bulk fertilizer. However, other responsibilities include: providing fertilizer market information, provide barge, rail and truck delivered fertilizer pricing for retail and wholesale customers west of the Mississippi River. In addition, barge, rail and truck logistics customer service is provided to customers. Finally, warehouse inventories are monitored and resupplied as needed.

What you like most about your job/position: 

The daily dynamic and challenging work environment with no routine is what I like the most about my job. Having offices in 22 countries all over the world provides constant fertilizer market information and the opportunity to work with diverse animated bunch of colleagues.

What advice would you give to current students: 

While job searching, place some attention to a company's culture and make sure it fits your personality.

Favorite classes at ISU:
AGRON 230: Crop Structure-Function Relationships
AGRON 354: Soils and Plant Growth
SOC 325: Agriculture in Transition