The Meat Industry Hall of Fame inducted six individuals into its Class of 2013.

Dr. Michael Dikeman conducted ground-breaking research that changed the way we grow and process our cattle.

Dr. Thomas Pierson’s research showed us a better way to present our meat products to the consuming public. 


Sheldon Lavin took a small family business and built it into a respected, international organization supplying top quality food products to some of the best restaurant chains in the world. Along the way, he showed everyone how to successfully combine a sharp sense of business with a strong humanitarian side.

Barry Carpenter spent his career in government and business, successfully encouraging meaningful and constructive dialogue between those two groups. His steady hand behind the scenes led our industry to understand and accept HACCP, process verification and improvements in beef grading.

Dr. Bo Reagan, the just-retired Vice President of the NCBA’s Research and Knowledge Management Center, has been a strong proponent of improvements in food safety and, as a founding father of BIFSCo, is a well-recognized leader on that subject.

Roger Reiser championed many of the advances in meat processing and packaging in North America. A visionary who saw the future of the industry and found the equipment and expertise to make it a reality, his company helped make possible many of today’s products and the way they are presented.

View the The Meat Industry Hall of Fame 2013 Commemorative Program.