Our Leadership Team

Operational Leadership

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Darren R. Frye, President & CEO

Darren grew up in Illinois agriculture, on an innovative farming enterprise that stretched from a poultry operation consisting of turkeys and layers to an orchard to a helicopter crop dusting business. He started his first agricultural business in 1987, specializing in fertilizer distribution and crop consulting.  His genuine concern for the success of farmers propelled him to start his own consulting business in 1994. Today, Water Street Solutions helps farmers with the challenges they face in growing and improving their farms. Darren has traded commodities since 1982, and is a dynamic speaker and leader. He writes a blog, called Finance First, on FarmFutures.com and a column, Money Matters, in Illinois and Indiana AgriNews.

For information on having Darren speak for your event or group, see program topics and videos on his speaker page or contact us.

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Becky Frye, Controller

Becky co-founded Water Street Solutions with her husband and business partner, Darren Frye, in 1994. As controller of the company, she oversees the financial success of the organization. Becky's passion for agriculture was fostered by the hands-on experience she gained by working in the production, livestock and helicopter spraying businesses of her in-law's family farm. Becky prides herself on the "family" culture she helps maintain at Water Street. She ensures that our core values and passion for serving farmers are imparted to all new employees through the orientation program she helped create.

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Andrea Majors, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Human Resources Manager

Andrea grew up on a small farm in Central Illinois, learning at an early age the value of a strong work ethic and dedication. She attended Illinois Central College and later was awarded two certifications--Senior Professional in Human Resources from the Human Resources Certification Institute, and Senior Certified Professional from the Society of Human Resources Management. As Human Resources Manager, Andrea is not only a valued resource to Water Street employees, she is also passionate about educating and advising clients in human resources, communication and development. In this way, she helps clients deal with the pain of facing difficult employee issues, leading to better understanding and in turn maximizing client employees' performance and enabling a more efficiently run operation.

Client Leadership

Larry Custer, Market Advisor Team Leader

Larry is a native of Illinois who grew up around his grandfather’s cattle operation. He majored in Management of Information Systems at Midstate College. He served for four years of active duty with the U.S. Army, where he first became interested in the field of human resources. Larry became a business owner and entrepreneur early in his career, purchasing a restaurant at the age of 22. Later, he helped a national retail chain expand through new store location planning. Larry also has nine years of experience in operations and personnel management for a 200-person staff.  In 2008, Larry brought his business management knowledge and experience to Water Street Solutions as Director of Operations.