Gerald (Jerry) Gulke was born and raised on a grains & livestock farm near Ellendale, ND. After receiving his degree in Electrical/Electronic Engineering from North Dakota State University, he became employed with Sundstrand Corporation, an engineering company in Rockford, Illinois. It was while employed that Jerry started farming part-time and went on to receive a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from Northern Illinois University in Dekalb, IL. It was also while employed at Sundstrand that Jerry put into practical use the business skill in financial analysis, project management, marketing and contract administration. He soon realized that he could better serve his long term goals by putting to use his skills and knowledge by being self-employed.
In 1975 Jerry began farming full-time in Northern Illinois, and is still currently actively involved in the corn/soybean production. He is also involved in the overall management of the original farm near Ellendale, North Dakota which he has expanded in 2006 by purchasing an additional 400 ac bringing the total to over 2,000 ac. It was Jerry's common-sense ability to manage his farm, and market his production successfully in some of the most troubling times in agriculture that received attention from the media, leading ultimately to contributing editor of Top Producer Magazine writing the monthly Market Strategy column, reaching over 250,000 subscribers. It is his monthly column in Top Producer which gained respect and attention among producers that lead him to the field of consulting, and the formation of the Gulke Group, Inc .
In addition to his monthly Marketing Strategy column, Jerry writes a weekend editorial column on DTN (a data information service reaching over 80,000 producers), and presents market outlook seminars throughout the US. He is also featured weekly on AgWeb.com internet radio, and is often guest analyst on WHO-Des Moines AM radio and in January 2012, began a bi-weekly hour-long Ag Talk Show on KFGO-AM Radio in Fargo, ND covering four states and Winnipeg, Canada. He is an occasional market guest analyst on TV programs such as "This Week in Agri-Business", US Farm Report, and CNBC's Squawk On The Street. Visitors to the Chicago Board of Trade Visitor's Center may also see Jerry, and his daughter Ashley, in the informative film that is shown to thousands each year in four different languages. He also sat on an advisory board that managed nearly a billion dollars of investment capital of a large health system organization. In November 2007 in response to the changing world of Agriculture and Risk Management, Jerry opened offices on the 12th floor of the CBOT Building expanding client services in the order flow and entry aspect (brokerage) forming that relationship with The Linn Group, a nationally respected firm.
Jerry's focus is to inform, educate, and aid producers and end-users in the area of "risk management" using futures, options, cash contracts, and technical timing as well as to develop a sound focus on the market forces that influence the agriculture price discovery system. His view is that producers should be afforded the opportunity from the market place to capture profitable opportunities that will allow them a standard of living comparable to other non-Ag professions. Jerry has accomplished that task in his own personal life, and is dedicated helping others who seek likewise goals.
Jerry's outlook stems from belief that we are living in the most exiting time in history filled with opportunities, and that through education, perseverance, commitment, accountability and flexibility, the financial & psychological rewards offered through production agriculture can be outstanding. Jerry can be reached via email at Jerry@gulkegroup.com or 312-896-2080. Information on the Gulke Group, Inc. can be obtained on the web at www.gulkegroup.com