The North American Meat Institute (Meat Institute) elected the six new officers who will guide the organization in the next year.  The officers were selected during the Meat Institute’s Annual Meeting, held October 5 in Washington, DC.

Joe Maas, vice president of manufacturing and production at JTM Food Group, will serve as chairman, while Warren Panico, president and CEO of Bar-S Foods Co., will serve as vice chairman.  

Brad McDowell, president of AB Foods, LLC, Agri Beef Co., will serve as treasurer, and Steve Van Lannen, president and COO, American Foods Group, LLC, has been selected to serve as secretary.  John Vatri, vice president of operations at Cardinal Meat Specialists, Ltd., will serve as immediate past chairman. 

The Meat Institute membership elected Julie Anna Potts president to succeed retiring President and CEO Barry Carpenter. 

“I look forward to working with the new officers, the Board of Directors and the Meat Institute membership to respond to key industry priorities in the year ahead,” said Meat Institute President and CEO Julie Anna Potts.  “Their collective expertise will provide guidance to the Meat Institute and to the entire industry to ensure that we work together to advance our common interests and to achieve our shared goals.”

The Meat Institute Board of Directors is comprised of industry leaders representing the organization’s packer, processor and supplier member companies.

Source: NAMI