The North American Meat Association has issued a statement announcing the death of Bobby Hatoff, Allen Brothers chairman and NAMA board member. No further details of his death are available at the moment.
The statement from NAMA reads:
"We have been asked to pass along the attached statement from NAMA member Allen Brothers about the passing of its chairman Bobby Hatoff this past weekend.
For us, Bobby was a truly outstanding individual who deeply cared about his fellow man. His legacy is rich and far reaching.
He was a visionary who was a passionate leader in the meat industry. He was a current board member of NAMA, the former chair of NAMP, and a member of NMA. As such, he helped lead the two associations in their consolidation in July. The respect and stature that Bobby had - and his conviction that a single, stronger association was best for the industry - convinced many that the consolidation was right.
Bobby was committed to helping others in the meat industry. Many turned to him for advice, which he gave freely. He appreciated the role of USDA officials and was willing to open his facility to those officials.
Bobby was modest about his many accomplishments. He was generous, and his friendship was the best gift of all. All of us who were privileged to share that friendship are better people for having known him.
The thoughts and prayers of all NAMA members go to out to Bobby’s entire family."
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