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Brooks Burgum


  • As CEO of a third-generation family-owned and operated agricultural business, Brooks is an operator who brings tremendous perspective and value to our portfolio company partners
  • Experience building multiple businesses and cultivating growth and innovation at many others

Brooks jumpstarted his career at the fast-paced Minneapolis Grain Exchange where he bought and sold futures in the trading pit “old school” style.  In 2007 Brooks joined a team at a firm called Gemstone Development, a commercial real estate developer, where he was responsible for helping the business secure more than $150 million in debt financing along with strategically planning the future development sites for the company. 

Brooks is currently the Chief Executive Officer of the Arthur Companies, a $400 million+ grain and agri-products company based in North Dakota, where he has been instrumental in helping transform and grow a 100-year-old family business. In addition to reorganizing the management structure and implementing a series of operational improvements and financial controls, Brooks built a new specialty commodities trading division, Anchor Ingredients, which has further diversified the family business.

Brooks graduated from the University of North Dakota with a BA in Political Science and later from Southern Methodist University with an MBA in Finance.  Brooks lives in Fargo with his wife, Taylor, and son, Arthur, and enjoys skiing, traveling and squash.  He is an active member of Big Brothers Big Sisters.