ZimmComm Team

Co-Founders and Partners

Top – Jamie, Chuck & Melissa. Bottom – Leah, Cindy & Joanna.

Chuck Zimmerman, President – Chuck, or @agriblogger as he is known on Twitter, is the tech-wiz and social media guru of ZimmComm. He has been in agricultural communications since 1985 when he joined the staff of Florida Farm Bureau as broadcast manager. With his wife Cindy and a partner, he co-founded what is now known as Southeast Agnet in Florida.  In 1992, he moved to Missouri to manage the Brownfield Network, and in 2004 started ZimmComm New Media. He is a 1980 graduate of the University of Florida College of Journalism. Chuck and his wife Cindy have three children and live in sunny panhandle Florida.

Cindy Zimmerman, Vice President – Cindy is @farmpodcaster on Twitter and is the more creative half of ZimmComm. As Chuck’s wife and partner and mother of their three lovely daughters, Cindy manages the home office and serves as the primary editor of Domestic Fuel when she is not on the road covering ag and biofuel related events. Her background in farm broadcasting is nearly identical to Chuck’s – 1980 UF graduate, starting in farm broadcasting at Florida Farm Bureau, co-founding Southeast Agnet, and working at Brownfield Network. She loves working with her husband, writing and photography.

Web Design

Robert the Web Guru – We’re not going to tell you his last name or where he lives because we want to keep him all for ourselves! Call us selfish, but Robert is our creative genius and we need him to keep making us look good.  He is relatively young (compared to us), has a lovely wife and three darling children. All of the original graphic art you see on any ZimmComm website, as well as sites built by ZimmComm, came out of Robert’s creative mind.

Contributing Reporters

John Davis – John is an Iowa native and veteran journalist with more than 25 years experience in broadcast, print and new media. John was a broadcast journalist with the U.S Air Force for 11 years before being hired by Chuck as a reporter for Brownfield Network. He is now Public Information Coordinator for the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, while also reporting, blogging and podcasting for ZimmComm. John and his wife Jennifer live in Washington D.C. and have two sons.

Joanna Schroeder – Another Iowa native on the ZimmComm team, Joanna is currently living in Des Moines, IL. She is a graduate of Iowa State University with over 15 years experience in communications and public relations. Joanna served as communications director for the Ethanol Promotion and Information Council and now has her own communications company and is part of the ZimmComm team as book reviewer, blogger and on-site reporter.

Melissa Sandfort – Melissa became acquainted with ZimmComm when she worked for BCS Communications in Kansas City. When she moved to Denver to work for the Cattlemen’s Beef Board, she became a freelance contributor for Agwired’s daily Zimfo Bytes and for the Missouri Beef Industry Council blog. She lives in Nebraska with her two children, has become a consultant for CBB and will be doing more freelance ZimmComm work.

Jamie Johansen – Jamie calls Southwest Missouri home and joined the ZimmComm team in 2012 as a freelance contributor. She jumps on the agri-blogging highway covering different agricultural events and helps with the social media endeavors. She received her BS and MS in agriculture communications and education at Missouri State University where she currently teaches social media marketing in agriculture. She has a strong background in animal agriculture, primarily in the beef industry and farms with her husband Kevin and baby girl Harper.

Leah Guffey – Leah is no stranger to the mic. She first started in radio at the young age of 14. She later attended Butler University and graduated with a degree in journalism & telecommunications art. Leah has worked in all facets of the radio industry and lives in Central Illinois with her son Drexel. She joined the ZimmComm team in 2013 producing the Hick Chick Chat podcast featured on Precision.AgWired.com and serving as editor of AgNewsWire.com. She is an avid CrossFit junky and a self-proclaimed carney while periodically working in her family’s food truck.