The Meat Industry Hall of Fame formally inducted its newest members at a ceremony on February 11 in Atlanta, Ga. The ceremony was attended by friends, family and industry leaders, who welcomed the Class of 2018 into the Hall.

The ceremony was hosted by Andy Hanacek, editor-in-chief of The National Provisioner. Julie Anna Potts, the new CEO of the North American Meat Institute, delivered the keynote address and discussed her introduction to the meat industry. A former executive with the American Farm Bureau Federation, Potts and her predecessor, Barry Carpenter, toured multiple meat plants and spoke with many industry leaders to give her an understanding about the opportunities and challenges that face the industry.

The members of the Meat Industry Hall of Fame Class of 2018 are:

Rod Bowling, ag marketing specialist, USDA-AMS; owner, AgriFood Solutions International

Neil Genshaft, CEO, Fresh Mark

Ronald Miniat, chairman of the board, Miniat Holdings (deceased)

Elsa Murano, director, Borlaug Institute; past president, Texas A&M University

James Riemann, Assistant Secretary, Kansas Dept. of Agriculture (retired); past president, Certified Angus Beef LLC

Mike Satzow, executive vice president, North Country Smokehouse

Jimmy Wise, Meat Judging Program Coordinator, American Meat Science Association (retired); ag marketing specialist, USDA-AMS

Upon being welcomed into the Hall, each honoree spoke about their beginnings, the people who helped them along their way, and the philosophies that they have adhered to in their business life. Ron Miniat, who passed away on December 20, 2018, was present in the form of a tribute video that had been filmed prior to his death. His award was accepted by his son, David.

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