The Illinois Rural Heritage Museum is proud and honored to have the support and guidance of a high powered Board of Directors.
Irl Engelhardt is Chairman of the Rural Heritage Museum. He is the former Chairman and CEO of Peabody Energy, Chairman of Patriot Coal and co-CEO of The Energy Group. He was also on the Board of Directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis 2005-2008. Irl was a member of the Board of Directors of Valero Energy and The Williams Companies and on the Board of several public companies in the energy sector and is active with a number of civic organizations in the local community.
Charles Greer is President of the Museum. Charlie is an avid collector of farm tractors and is generous with his time as he supports a number of local civic organizations. He’s also a Veteran of the US Army.
Vernon Mayer is a farmer in the local community, who enjoys collecting IH equipment. He serves on a number of local agricultural organization boards and is a Veteran of the US Army. He has shown tractors and equipment at the American Thresherman Show for several years.
Bill Riechmann is General Manager of Riechmann Bros. LLC, a John Deere dealer in multiple Illinois communities. Bill and his family have been collectors of antique farm equipment for several decades.
Rodney Miller is the co-host of Small Town Big Deal on RFD TV. He previously served as an Assistant to the Dean at the University of Georgia. Prior to that, he was CEO of McCormick Tractors USA until May, 2010. He has served as a member of the Board of Directors for the Association of Equipment Manufactures. He also serves on the Georgia FFA Sponsor Board, and the Georgia Agribusiness Council. Rodney is a native of Southern Illinois and still operates a farm there, but resides in Wray, GA.
Greg Bigham lives in Pinckneyville, IL with his wife, Cheryl and four children. Greg and his brother Allen manage Bigham Farms, a 10,000 plus acre farm headquartered near Vergennes, IL. Bigham Farms operates in Perry, Jackson, and Randolph Counties. Greg and Cheryl are both very active in the community.
Marty Vance is Morton Buildings’ Territory Sales Manager for Southern Illinois and is a Veteran of the US Army. His support resulted in Morton’s contribution toward the Museum’s signature red horse barn. His questions to the architect also led to a reduction in the cost of the renovation of the Museum’s Phase 2 buildings. Marty and his wife, Julie, live near Murphysboro.
Dipal Chaudhari is currently a Territory Sales Manager for Monsanto’s brands Asgrow/DEKALB. Born in rural India and raised in the states since age five, Dipal calls Tennessee home and graduated from the University of Tennessee. After living in southern Ilinois for a few years, he has come to value the local culture and heritage. He has helped coordinate the support of Monsanto for the Monsanto Exploration Hall. His wife and two sons live in Marion, IL.
Josh Giacomo is currently serving as President of the American Thresherman Association. He works as a mechanic with his father at the family owned business, Giacomo Auto Repair. Josh is an officer and very active in the Pinckneyville Knights of Columbus. He and his wife, Beth, live north of Pinckneyville.
Josh Maschhoff of Carlyle, IL is a part of the sixth generation of The Maschhoff’s, a crop and livestock operation in Clinton County Illinois dating back to 1851. He currently serves as the senior project manager for The Maschhoffs, the United States largest independent pork producer network. The family has several items on loan to the museum, including the 1912 80hp Case Steam Engine, and the Slaughterhouse display, which has recently been added. Josh’s degrees include a BS, University of IL, 2007, MS, Purdue University, 2014 and a MBA from Indiana University, 2014. He and his wife Angela live in Hoffman, IL with their son Kyler, who was born September 28, 2014.