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John Van Utrecht


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, University of Northern Iowa
  • Certified Public Accounting (CPA)
  • Certified Management Accountant (CMA)

Work Experience

  • 2000-2002: Raleigh, North Carolina:  Accountant at Deere Turf Marketing Center
  • 2002-2003: Moline, Illinois:  Analyst at Corporate Shared Services
  • 2003-2005: Waterloo, Iowa:  Forecast Accountant at John Deere Waterloo Works
  • 2005-2006: Moline, Illinois:  Accounting Supervisor at Accounting Services Center
  • 2006-2008: Olathe, Kansas:  Accounting Manager at John Deere Ag Marketing Center
  • 2008-2012: Tampa, Florida:  Controller at John Deere Nortrax
  • 2012-Present (and future): Ottumwa, Iowa:  Controller at John Deere Ottumwa Works

Community Involvement

  • Elder, Growth Group leader, Mentor, and Financial Coach at The Bridge Church
  • Involved in Ottumwa School district, teaching key “Financial Literacy” concepts each year
  • Extensive involvement in the Ottumwa Leadership Academy (Mentor, Alumni Association, MMG groups, etc)
  • Financial Review Committee member of the Ottumwa Regional Legacy Foundation


  • Married to Teresa for 19 years
  • Have 2 daughters. Elizabeth is 14 and Caroline is 12.
  • Have been a foster parent at various times as well.
  • Enjoy spending time with family, being outside, and growing giant pumpkins :)

General Comments

I love Ottumwa.  This is home to me.  We have wonderful people, exciting ongoing changes, and the potential for a very bright future.  I believe that strong, structural, permanent change requires taking a long-term view.  It also requires a lot servant-minded leaders.  The Ottumwa Leadership Academy develops leaders for the future, with a focus on serving the community, and I’m excited to be a part of it.