Averaging nearly 25 years of experience in the agri-food sectorWPI's uniqueness is in its composition of people. The professional staff of WPI and affiliated consultants average nearly 25 years of experience in the agri-food sector. The firm joins together professionals with extensive industry background, high-level government trade policy and export program management experience, and producer-supported export market development organization experience, all in a concerted effort to provide broad-based services for our clients.
President and Chief Executive OfficerMr. Blumenthal has been with World Perspectives since 1994 and assumed full leadership of the company in 2005. He changed the company’s structure from a single office in downtown Washington, DC to a team of more than a dozen agrifood analysts located in seven strategically important locations around the world. Additionally, Mr. Blumenthal has diversified the client base for the 320 daily, weekly and monthly specialized information products the company writes each year for the industry. Under his leadership, WPI’s consulting division was designated by an industry group as “best in class” and has successfully completed over 160 different projects on behalf of 91 different companies, institutions and trade associations. The projects have included products ranging from almonds to wheat, covered more than 50 different countries and involved strategic planning assistance, investment due diligence, market and policy analysis, plus audit and evaluation services. Mr. Blumenthal is widely recognized for his industry knowledge and policy expertise, resulting in numerous speeches and presentations to industry groups, corporate boards and public institutions.
He has served on numerous boards and committees, including the joint USDA-USTR Agricultural Technical Advisory Committee for Grains, Feed and Oilseeds, the USDA Emerging Markets Program Advisory Committee, and the World Agricultural Forum.
From 1991 to 1993, he served as Deputy Assistant for Cabinet Affairs to former President George H.W. Bush, and as Special Assistant to the President for Agricultural Trade and Food Assistance. From 1989 to 1991, Mr. Blumenthal served as Executive Assistant and then as Chief of Staff to then-Secretary of Agriculture Clayton Yeutter, providing oversight of all operations in this large federal agency (110,000 employees) and exercising continuous scrutiny over $65 billion worth of programs including research, education, production, domestic and international marketing, food safety and inspection, nutrition, environment, public affairs, economic analysis, legal counsel and administration matters related to USDA's mission in the U.S. and in 60 countries around the world. During the 1980s he served with the Foreign Agricultural Service as Legislative Director, was a speechwriter in the Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, and served on Capitol Hill as a Legislative Assistant to U.S. Congressman Larry J. Hopkins (R-Kentucky).
President EmeritusMr. Kohlmeyer retired as President of World Perspectives in February 2000 but continues as a consultant to the company and as a member of the Board of Directors. During his 40-year career, he worked in nearly every aspect of agribusiness including grain trading, handling and transportation. He has hands-on experience managing grain handling facilities ranging from small sub-terminals to huge facilities in major terminal markets. He is familiar with all end-uses of grain and oilseeds.
Prior to joining WPI in 1991, he spent 36 years in operations and management with Cargill, Inc. His career with Cargill involved domestic and international grain merchandising with an emphasis on export trade and markets. He managed merchandising and elevator facilities in Ohio and Illinois and was Export Marketing Manager in New York and Minneapolis. Mr. Kohlmeyer also managed Cargill's worldwide winter wheat merchandising and the Cargill Futures Department, responsible for corporate hedging of agricultural commodities. From 1976 until 1990, as an adjunct to his operating responsibilities, he was a regular participant in corporate public and government relations activities as a "hands-on" grain trade expert who could analyze and advocate policies from a pragmatic standpoint.
Mr. Kohlmeyer has been directly involved with Soviet/Russian agriculture since the USSR entered world grain markets in 1972. He helped negotiate those first contracts and many more thereafter. He has traveled to Russia on numerous occasions on business and fact-finding missions. He supervised an important study of Egyptian livestock, meat and grain industries to determine whether feed grain imports were an appropriate use of resources. He has studied, written and spoken about a variety of agricultural policy issues in the U.S. and abroad from the viewpoint of a pragmatic agribusiness participant. Mr. Kohlmeyer has served as an advisor to various U.S. government agencies on agricultural trade, policy and infrastructure matters. Currently, he owns and manages a corn and soybean farm in eastern South Dakota. He holds a Bachelor's degree in History from Princeton University.
Senior AnalystMr. Juday brings an extensive background in both international business and public policy to WPI's Sweetener Perspectives. Mr. Juday also provides political and policy analysis to WPI's Ag Perspectives. He also has expertise in dairy and livestock issues, and his private sector experience includes successfully exporting confection, bakery and snack food products to markets in Europe, Latin America, and Asia.
Previously, he served in the White House as Deputy Director of Domestic Policy in the Office of the Vice President, where he was Vice President Dan Quayle's chief agricultural advisor. Mr. Juday also served as an aide in the U.S. Senate where he was appointed Task Force Investigator to the U.S. Senate Committee on the Budget.
Mr. Juday holds an appointment as an adjunct fellow of the Hudson Institute's Center for Global Food Issues and previously he served as the Director of the Focus on Agricultural Regulation and Markets (FARM) Project of the Alexis de Tocqueville Institution. His writing on agricultural, trade and environmental issues has been published by such national newspapers as The Wall Street Journal, The Journal of Commerce and The Washington Times, as well as industry magazines such as Top Producer, Farm Journal and Feedstuffs.
Consulting Projects ManagerMr. Gregg joined World Perspectives after graduating from Georgetown University with an M.A. focused on business, economics, governmental affairs and international relations. As the manager of WPI's consulting division, Mr. Gregg oversees proposal development, client communication and coordination and deliverable development/submission. In addition, Mr. Gregg supports WPI's market analysis division.
Prior to his current role at WPI, Mr. Gregg previously interned with the company and supported the consulting and market analysis divisions of the firm. While at Georgetown, Mr. Gregg was a managing editor for the Georgetown Journal of International Affairs. In this role he was responsible for quality and timeliness in solicitation and editing of articles while maintaining productive relationships with journal authors. Prior to this, Mr. Gregg worked for the Institute for the Study of International Migration, where he supported research and analysis projects and co-authored papers submitted to the OECD and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
A native of Wilsonville, Oregon, Mr. Gregg earned a BA from the University of Portland in Portland, Oregon. He currently resides in Burns, Oregon with his wife and family.
Director of Commodity Analysis and Client DevelopmentMr. Herrington joined World Perspectives, Inc. in July 2016 to manage analysis and client development activities. In this role, he works with WPI’s analysts to assess global commodity markets and generate insightful reports and publications. Mr. Herrington also oversees client development and supports WPI’s consulting division.
Prior to joining WPI, Mr. Herrington worked as a consultant for Informa Economics, IEG in its Washington, DC office. While there, he managed the economic impact consulting projects and worked on projects spanning trade policy analysis, feasibility studies, econometric modeling, and primary and secondary market research in food and agriculture.
Mr. Herrington’s professional career also includes a role as a Commodity Research and Product Development Manager for the CME Group in Chicago, IL. In this position, he co-developed new derivatives contracts and conducted extensive research on livestock markets as well as their futures and options contracts. Mr. Herrington also led and worked on teams to change contract terms to meet client needs; including heifer delivery in
the Live Cattle contract, and expanded price limits in the Live and Feeder Cattle contracts.
A native of Livermore, Colorado, he earned Bachelor’s degrees from Colorado State University in Agricultural Business and Animal Science and a Master’s degree from Kansas State University in Agricultural Economics.