Martin Lowell Andreas (Marty) at age 77 passed away on May 2, 2016 of cancer.
Former Chairman & CEO of ADM, Allen Andreas recently stated, “Marty Andreas was a key executive in the management of ADM for 35 years. He was an effective leader and a committed advocate for American agriculture. By forging essential relationships for the agricultural industry with both farmers and consumers, Marty drove innovation with the creation of new products and pioneered the development of nutritious foods and clean, renewable sources of energy. His eternal optimism and boundless energy was always focused upon the ability of the farm community to provide the foundation for a better quality of life for all. Marty will be missed by many, but he leaves a significant legacy of an improved world for future generations.”
Dan Kelley, Chairman of the Illinois Agriculture Leadership Foundation said, “Marty Andreas was a man of many interests and he pursued all of them with great passion.
Bill Ray, Agrinet® News remarked, “Marty Andreas was as comfortable with world leaders and presidents as he was with farmers, family and friends. His legacy includes molding agricultural trade expansion across the globe. A great visionary leader and colleague, he is greatly missed.”
A Celebration of Life honoring Marty Andreas will be held:
June 24, 2016 | 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Cedar Rapids Country Club | 550 27th St. Dr. SE | Cedar Rapids, IA 52403
May 6, 2016, by Chris Lusvardi Herald & Review, Decatur, IA
The onetime face of Archer Daniels Midland Co. in the community who died earlier this week is being praised for what he did to benefit the agriculture industry.
Martin L. Andreas, known as “Marty” to most, retired in 2005 as senior adviser to the chief executive after nearly 35 years with the company. Andreas was never the official leader of the agribusiness giant, but his role was seen as instrumental to gathering support for ADM’s interests around the world.
Andreas, 77, died Monday at the Dennis and Donna Oldorf Hospice House of Mercy in Hiawatha, Iowa, which is near Cedar Rapids.
Andreas moved to Solon, another small town in the Cedar Rapids area, after retiring from ADM. He was a member of the Andreas family, which left a legacy leading the company with a number of family members in executive roles.
Notably, Marty Andreas was the nephew of longtime CEO Dwayne Andreas and cousin to onetime Chairman and CEO G. Allen Andreas.
Current Chairman, President and CEO Juan Luciano acknowledged Andreas’ death in remarks Thursday during the company’s annual meeting at the James Randall Research Center in Decatur.
“Marty’s tireless advocacy on behalf of ADM and American agriculture was without equal,” Luciano said. “ADM and our industry are tremendously grateful for his service. On behalf of all of us at ADM, I want to extend condolences to his family, friends and many former colleagues here today.”
During his career working for ADM, Andreas was a founding member in 1981 of the Renewable Fuels Association. He served on the trade group’s board of directors for more than 25 years as it represented the ethanol industry.
“We remember him as a visionary leader, an unabashed optimist and a generous soul who cared deeply about value-added agriculture generally and ethanol specifically,” RFA President and CEO Bob Dinneen said. “Marty Andreas was one of the giants of the U.S. ethanol industry. It is without hyperbole or exaggeration that I say the industry would not be the success it is today without Marty’s vision, commitment and advocacy.”
Andreas’ involvement started when President Jimmy Carter gathered agribusiness together to challenge them to produce a domestic renewable fuel in the midst of the oil crisis in the 1970s, Dinneen said. He said ADM accepted the challenge, relying on Andreas to build a market from nothing.
Andreas’ involvement continued into the early 2000’s to challenge the industry to strive for a much larger share of the U.S. motor fuel market, which Dinneen said helped to create the political momentum for the Renewable Fuel Standard.
“Marty Andreas will be missed,” Dinneen said. “But his legacy remains with each gallon of ethanol produced to enhance U.S. energy, economic and environmental security.”
Andreas’ career started in 1970 as Executive Vice President of Corn Sweeteners, a business in Cedar Rapids he started with his father, Albert, that would be sold to ADM 3 years later.
He was there later in that decade when ADM embraced the high fructose corn syrup industry and the product became an integral ingredient for American soft drinks.
Andreas later worked as president of ADM’s Corn Division and held several executive positions, including director of corporate marketing. He was seen as the public face of ADM, helping to orchestrate the Million Flower Project community beautification project in Decatur and attending events to mingle with local business people.
Andreas was noted for sending out photocopies of company news to colleagues all over the country.
After retiring, Andreas spent another year as a consultant to the company in the areas of energy and government affairs. He worked as president of his family’s stock investment business and was involved with civic and business projects while serving on the boards of Mount Mercy College in Cedar Rapids and Trees Forever in Marion.