Douglas (Doug) D. Sims
Honorary Chairman Emeritus
Doug Sims served KSS on several committees and eventually board chair. After that time he continued to serve as a mentor and advisor of KSS staff members. You can learn more about Doug and his contributions in his obituary here.
As CEO of COBANK from 1994 through June 2006, Sims was responsible for implementing the bank’s strategic and business direction as set by the bank’s board of directors. During his tenure with COBANK, Sims successfully executed 15 mergers and acquisitions and grew the bank from a $9 billion financial institution to a $36 billion internationally recognized bank. COBANK is part of the $200 billion U.S. Farm Credit System, the nation’s single largest lender to U.S. agriculture and rural America. He joined the U.S. Farm Credit System in St. Louis, MO in 1969 and served in various lending and general management positions for over 37 years.
In addition, Sims was chairman of the Washington DC-based trade association, the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives, and a frequent participant in global trade meetings. He was also a member of the Finance Governors of the World Economic Forum, Geneva, Switzerland and the Dean’s Advisory Committee to the Kennedy School at Harvard University.
Sims was an ardent supporter of programs for young leaders, often speaking to issues of integrity and leadership by example. He served as chairman of the Graduate Institute of Cooperative Leadership at the University of Missouri, the FarmHouse Foundation in Kansas City, Missouri and Lutheran Family Services of Colorado. Sims was inducted into the U.S. Cooperative Hall of Fame in Washington DC in 2006 and is the recipient of the “Builder of Men” award by FarmHouse Fraternity. Currently, Sims serves on the boards of Thrivent Mutual Funds, Minneapolis, MN, the Keystone Citizens League and the Keystone Science School in Keystone, CO.
A 1968 graduate of the University of Illinois, Sims holds a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics. In 1992, he completed Harvard’s Advanced Management Program. Sims lives in Keystone, Colorado, with his wife, Nancy. They have two children, a son living in Toronto, Canada and a daughter living in Hoboken, NJ.