Cory is the youngest of five children who grew up on his family’s farm near Willow Lake, South Dakota. He attended Willow Lake High School and graduated with an A.A.S. degree in ag business management at Lake Area Technical Institute in Watertown, South Dakota.
He began his career as a cash grain marketer and grain trader with Cargill, Inc. While working for Cargill, Inc. Cory held various merchandising jobs across South Dakota and Minnesota. In 2003, he was licensed as a Series 3 and 30 commodity broker. In 2008, Cory left Cargill to be an independent commodity broker, starting Prairie Ag Marketing Services. In 2009, he partnered with Al Kluis as an affiliate office. In 2010, he became Kluis Commodity Advisors' Chief Grain Strategist.
In addition to working with Al daily on marketing strategies, Cory also serves private clients through Kluis Publishing and Prairie Ag Marketing.
He lives near Willow Lake, South Dakota with his wife Erica and children, Hunter, Elliot, and Isabella. He still actively participates in the family farm that raises corn, soybeans, alfalfa and also runs a cow/calf operation.