Cody was born in Scottsbluff, Nebraska and grew up not far from there in Julesburg, Colorado. Cody was lucky enough to have married his wife, Hester in 2007 and was blessed with two wonderful girls, Riata, 5 and Ava, 2.
Cody came from Deseret Cattle and Citrus where he was involved in the Leadership Development Program. Deseret Cattle and Citrus is a diverse and complex operation that involves several different enterprises including cattle, citrus, timber, sod, wildlife, and shell mining. During his time in Florida he worked on the seedstock unit that produces 1,300 bulls for ranch use. In addition, Cody was able to work in a one of a kind ranching environment that receives over 50 inches of rain annually, deals with unique issues in terms of urban development, and has a massive amount of (44,000) mother cows.
Before going to Deseret Cattle and Citrus Cody spent nearly five years as Herdsman at the 50,000 acre Joy Unit of the Rex Ranch in the Sandhills of Nebraska. The autonomy and large amount of responsibility given to herdsmen at the Rex allowed Cody to develop managerial skills on a large scale using some of the most progressive techniques in the industry. As Herdsman, Cody was responsible for all day to day management for a large portion of the unit as well as assisting other units and being an integral part of the overall ranch strategy.
For the two years prior to his employment with the Rex Ranch Cody was a Secondary Education Instructor of Social Science at Garden County High School. While there, he developed numerous professional skills such as effective interpersonal communication as well as public speaking, multi-tasking on many levels, leadership, as well as organizing and implementing activities in a limited time setting. More importantly, Cody learned that his passion will always be agriculture.
Cody graduated from Chadron State College in Chadron, Nebraska in 2006 and Northeastern Junior College in Sterling, Colorado in 2003. During this time Cody had various experiences working for feedlots, registered producers, commercial producers, horse breeders, agronomists, custom processors and even a grain elevator. Cody is excited to continue diversify his experience at the King Ranch Institute for Ranch Management.