FORMER SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE MIKE JOHANNS JOINS ALLIANTGROUP AS NEW CHAIRMAN OF AGRICULTURE
HOUSTON, TX (July 13, 2017) – alliantgroup, a leading tax consultancy in the area of government-sponsored credits and incentives, is proud to announce the addition of former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Mike Johanns as the firm’s new Chairman of Agriculture. A former Governor and U.S. Senator representing the state of Nebraska, Johanns brings more than 30 years of experience at virtually every level of government and a strong background in both agriculture and economic development.
In his new position, Johanns will play a key role in guiding the firm’s outreach on the various tax credits and incentives available for the benefit of the agricultural industry. With his lifetime of public service and extensive network within the sector, Johanns will be alliantgroup’s main advisor for the industry and support the firm’s growing team of agricultural professionals. In addition to helping build alliantgroup’s agricultural practice, Johanns will be a vital resource to the firm’s clients, CPA partners and industry alliances by providing valuable insight on the inner workings of Washington and updates on potential policy changes and their anticipated impact on American businesses.
“My new role with alliantgroup has given me the chance to bring real economic opportunity back to rural America,” said Johanns. “During my years of public service, I was committed to supporting small and mid-sized businesses and alliantgroup’s mission falls perfectly in line with that commitment. Having grown up on a farm in Iowa, agriculture is a personal passion of mine, and I am eager to help this industry grow and stay competitive in the global market. I look forward to helping alliantgroup educate companies on the powerful business incentives available for their benefit.”
“Throughout his time in the executive branch and as the governor and senator of a largely rural state, Secretary Johanns has built lasting relationships within the agricultural community,” said Shane Frank, alliantgroup COO. “No one understands the changes and challenges facing this industry better than Secretary Johanns, and I am looking forward to his contributions in helping to expand our agricultural practice.”
As the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture from 2005-2007, Johanns managed 18 different agencies that comprised a staff of 90,000 employees worldwide and a budget of $93 billion. During his tenure, Johanns opened or expanded access to 40 international markets and was responsible for multiple agricultural breakthroughs as a negotiator for the Doha Development Round.
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Mike Johanns was the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture from 2005-2007 as well as the Governor of Nebraska from 1999-2005 and the state’s U.S. Senator from 2009-2015. As alliantgroup’s Chairman of Agriculture, Johanns brings more than 30 years of experience at virtually every level of government and a strong background in both agriculture and economic development. As the Secretary of Agriculture, he managed 18 different agencies, opened or expanded access to 40 international markets and was responsible for multiple agricultural breakthroughs as a negotiator for the Doha Development Round.