Coe College Spellman Speaker Series to feature presentation on Iowa agricultural land values, implications

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2013-11-12 10:52:32 - General

The Coe College Spellman Speaker Series will host a presentation by Coe alumni Steven T. Bohr and Dr. Keri Jacobs on the economics of Iowa's agricultural land values and the resulting implications for the financial planning of inter-generational transfers of land and wealth. The event will be held on Thursday, Nov. 21, beginning at 6:30 p.m. in Stuart Hall 405. It is open to the public at no charge.

Bohr graduated magna cum laude from Coe in 1992 with majors in economics and business administration. As a Coe football player, he earned Academic All-American honors. Upon graduation, he worked for First Financial Center and then founded his company, Farm Financial Strategies, in 1994. With clients in seven states, Farm Financial Strategies is a leader in estate and business succession strategies for farm families across the Midwest. Bohr is actively involved with his family's farm in southeast Iowa and also serves on the Spellman Fund Committee.

Jacobs graduated magna cum laude from Coe in 1996 with majors in economics and business administration. She worked as a grain merchandiser for ADM and later as a registered securities representative for a brokerage firm. In 2010, Jacobs earned a Ph.D. in economics from North Carolina State University. She is currently an assistant professor of economics and extension specialist for cooperatives at Iowa State University.

Funding for the series is provided by the William Spellman Fund to honor and further the academic impact of Dr. Spellman. At the time of his untimely death in 1997, Spellman was department chair and the George R. Baker Professor of Economics and Business Administration. As a professor, football coach, advisor and mentor, Spellman gave freely of his time and energy to help make big differences on the Coe campus.