J.C. Butler has been President and CEO of the operating companies since July 2015 and its public parent company since October 2017. He began his career with the company in 1995 and has served in a range of financial, business development and administrative roles. Prior to 1995, J.C. was an investment banker in New York City specializing in mergers and acquisitions with McFarland Dewey & Co. and Drexel Burnham Lambert.
J.C. serves as a director of NACCO Industries (NYSE:NC), Hyster-Yale Materials Handling, Inc. (NYSE:HY), Hamilton Beach Brands Holding Company (NYSE:HBB) and Midwest AgEnergy Group, a developer and operator of ethanol facilities in North Dakota. J.C. is a board member of the National Mining Association and serves on the Management Committee of the Lignite Energy Council.
J.C. received both a Bachelor of Science degree, with highest distinction, and a Master of Science degree in Agricultural Economics from Purdue University, and earned an MBA (Master of Business Administration) degree from Harvard Business School.