Six years ago, Shawn Schrader arrived in Muscatine eager to start his new role as a site manager for Bayer (then Monsanto). He had held positions with Bayer and its subsidiaries in Ohio, Illinois, Missouri, and even Switzerland over the past 22 years and looked forward to continuing to help farmers and businesses succeed.
It did not take long for Schrader to start getting involved with the community. Within a month of moving, Schrader met Greg Jenkins, then the President and CEO of the Greater Muscatine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GMCCI) and joined. Schrader stayed active in the GMCCI over the years, eventually serving on the Executive Committee as the Board Chair from 2017-2018.
While his son attended Muscatine High School, Schrader and his wife (at the recommendation of Mike Schmalz) joined the booster club. Schrader fondly remembers working concessions and experiencing the annual cake auction, an exciting tradition he had never seen anywhere else.
Schrader continued Bayer’s long-standing tradition of supporting the Muscatine Center for Social Action (MCSA) by serving a term as Board President, a position former director Maggie Curry encouraged him to consider. Additionally, Schrader generously shared his time by serving on the boards of Vision 2020 and the Muscatine Levee Association and by volunteering at community events such as Almost Friday Fest.
After six years in Muscatine, Schrader looks forward to his newest posting with Bayer, which will take him to Bayer’s global headquarters in Monheim, Germany. Schrader welcomes the opportunity to meet new people in a new country and to learn a new language.
However, Schrader will always miss what he loves most about Muscatine, its people: “It has been a very welcoming community since day one, and my family and I will greatly miss the ‘Pearl of the Mississippi.’ From employees at the site to members of the community, everyone has been very inviting for myself and family to be a part of and involved in it,” he said.
In turn, Muscatine wishes Schrader the very best and appreciates everything he has done for our community over the years.