The North American Meat Institute (NAMI) elected the five new officers who will guide the organization in the next year. The officers were selected during the Meat Institute’s Annual Meeting held September 29, in Washington, DC.
John Vatri, vice president of operations at Cardinal Meat Specialists, Ltd., will serve as chairman of the Board of Directors, while Joe Maas, co-owner and vice president of operations at JTM Provisions, was elected vice chairman.
Bar-S Foods Co. President and CEO Warren Panico will serve as treasurer and Brad McDowell, president of AB Foods LLC, was elected secretary. Mike Townsley, president of Bob Evans Farms, Inc., becomes immediate past chairman.
“I look forward to working with the new officers and the entire Board of Directors to respond to key industry priorities in the year ahead,” said NAMI President and CEO Barry Carpenter. “This talented group brings a wealth of varied, in-depth knowledge about the challenges and opportunities facing our industry and a steadfast commitment to the dedicated individuals who work tirelessly to produce the safest, most wholesome, highest quality meat and poultry supply in the world. Their collective expertise will provide guidance to the Meat Institute and to the entire industry as we work together to advance our common interests and achieve our shared goals.”
The NAMI Board of Directors is comprised of industry leaders representing the organization’s packer, processor and supplier member companies.