Who are you?
Greetings! My name is Troy Moling, Communications Manager for Ag Processing Inc (AGP) in Omaha, NE. I have worked in communications for over 20 years but am still relatively new to co-ops. The first part of my career was spent in various on-air and behind-the-scenes roles in broadcast television. After almost 15 years in TV news, I transitioned into university communications at Mississippi State University and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. My wife, Caitlin, works in healthcare research, and we have a son, Shiloh (2) and a cat, Rhoda (15).
How long have you worked with cooperatives?
I have been with AGP since September 2021.
Describe your role.
Being part of a small communications team means I get to work on a lot of different things and manage a variety of projects. A few highlights include writing and designing internal and external newsletters, leading production of the annual report, attending trade shows and stakeholder events, coordinating site visits across our territory, and promotional marketing.
What do you enjoy about working with cooperatives?
I believe in the co-op model. I appreciate what AGP does to improve the lives of our member-owners and make them as successful as possible. Additionally, with co-ops, everyone can work together toward a common objective because of the cooperative culture.
When did you join CCA? Why?
I joined CCA shortly after starting at AGP. My predecessor, Jim Rodenburg, was very active in the organization and we wanted to continue AGP’s involvement. It has been a lot of fun!
Did anything surprise you about CCA upon joining?
A lot of people who make a career out of communications are extremely extroverted. And though there are folks like that in CCA, I have met a good number of introverts, like me. It’s great to have a mix of personalities who all share that common goal of telling their co-op’s story.
How has CCA supported you in your career?
Even though I have only been a CCA member for a short time, what I have learned through CCA Institute has been fantastic. I have also had several members tell me to reach out if they can help me in any way.
What are your hobbies and interests?
Chasing around a toddler keeps me pretty busy outside of work, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. Aside from quality time with my wife and son, I enjoy running and trying new restaurants.
Do you have a “bucket list”? What are some of the things on that list?
I started a YouTube channel right before COVID-19 hit. It has since grown to around 20,000 subscribers and my ultimate goal is to hit 100,000 one day.
Give us something about yourself that is surprising or that most people don’t know.
My wife and I flipped a house several years ago. I’m talking pulling out carpet, painting every wall, installing new appliances, laying down hardwood, refinishing kitchen cabinets and more. It was really rewarding, but I’m not sure I want to do it again anytime soon.
What advice would you give to professional communicators just starting their careers?
In my experience, nothing bad has ever come from stepping out of your comfort zone. It could be something big like volunteering for a special project, or something as simple as striking up a conversation with one of the main bosses at the company who you don’t know. Secondly, make sure you understand the difference between “reply” and “reply all” (ha ha ha).
Email Troy here