Curtis was raised on his family’s dairy farm in Tipton, California. In 2007, his family started another dairy farm in Northwest Illinois. Having these two farms in his family has helped Curtis develop an understanding of the economic differences between California and the Midwest for dairy inputs, outputs, and the milk marketing orders. Prior to joining HighGround, Curtis interned at a dairy brokerage firm where he assisted traders on the floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. He graduated from Calvin College earning Bachelor of Science degrees in Finance and Economics.