Presenting The Classes

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2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 2013 | 2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017 | 2018 | 2019

Class of 2019

Morris F. Burger
Chairman of the Board, President
Burgers’ Smokehouse

Chris Calkins
Professor of Animal Science
University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Kerri B. Gehring
Professor, Presidential Impact Fellow
Texas A&M University
President/CEO
International HACCP Alliance

John Harris
Chairman/Owner
Harris Ranch

Robert Rebholtz Jr.
President and CEO
Agri Beef

R. Bruce Tompkin
VP Product Safety (retired)
ConAgra Refrigerated Prepared Foods


Class of 2018

Rod A. Bowling, Ph.D.
Ag Marketing Specialist
USDA-AMS

Owner
AgriFood Solutions International

Neil Genshaft
Owner and CEO
Fresh Mark, Inc.

Ronald Miniat
Chairman of the Board (retired)
The Miniat Companies

Elsa A. Murano, Ph.D.
Director, The Borlaug Institute
for International Agriculture

Professor and President Emerita
Texas A&M University

James Riemann, Ph.D.
Assistant Secretary (retired)
Kansas Dept. of Agriculture

Past President
Certified Angus Beef LLC

Mike Satzow
Executive Vice President
North Country Smokehouse

Jimmy Wise, Ph.D.
Meat Judging Program Coordinator (retired)
American Meat Science
Association

Ag Marketing Specialist
USDA-AMS


Class of 2017

Dr. A. Dewey Bond (Deceased)
Senior Vice President
American Meat Institute

Jeffrey Ettinger
Chief Executive Officer (Retired)
Hormel Foods

John Jacobson (Deceased)
Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer
National Beef Packing Company

Clarence Knebel (Deceased)
Owner
Knebel's Processing Plant

Donnie Smith
President and Chief Executive Officer (Retired)
Tyson Foods

Ralph Stayer
Chairman of the Board (Retired)
Johnsonville Sausage

Ed Woods
Owner and President
Woods Smoked Meats


Class of 2016

Dr. Joe Cordray
Professor and Extension Meat Specialist
Iowa State University

Chuck Hendryx
Vice President, Meat
H -E -B Grocery Company

Sam Kane
Founder
Sam Kane Beef Processors

C. Larry Pope
President and Chief Executive Officer
Smithfield Foods

Dr. Joe Sebranek
Professor
Iowa State University

Sam Stein
Founder and Chairman
Chef’s Pantry and Sam Stein Associates

Clayton Yeutter
Secretary
United States Department of Agriculture


Class of 2015

Lawrence Bettcher
Chairman & C.E.O.
Bettcher Industries

William Buckner
President
Cargill Meat Solutions

Edward C. Jones
President
Jones Dairy Farm

James V. Lochner
Chief Executive Officer
Tyson Foods

Wolfgang Ludwig
Founder
Wolf-tec & WTI, Inc.

C.W. 'Bill' McMillan
Vice President of Washington Affairs
National Cattlemen's Association

Jo Ann Smith
President
National Cattlemen's Association


Class of 2014

J. Patrick Boyle
President & Chief Executive Officer
American Meat Institute

Zerle Carpenter, Ph.D.
Professor of Animal Science
Texas A & M University

Graeme Goodsir
Industry Executive & Publisher

Melvin Hunt, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus
Kansas State University

Steve Kay
Editor & Publisher
Cattle Buyers Weekly

James Marsden, Ph.D.
Regents Distinguished Professor of Food Safety & Security
Kansas State University


Class of 2013

Barry C. Carpenter
Chief Executive Officer
North American Meat Association

Michael Dikeman, Ph.D.
Professor of Meat Science
Kansas State University

Sheldon Lavin
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
OSI Group, LLC

Thomas Pierson, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus
Michigan State University

James 'Bo' Reagan, Ph.D.
Vice President
NCBA Research and Knowledge Management Center

Roger Reiser
President
Robert Reiser & Co., Inc.


Class of 2012

William Fielding
Chief Executive Officer
HeartBrand Beef

Robert "Bobby" Hatoff
Chairman
Allen Brothers

James Hodges
Executive Vice President
American Meat Institute

President
AMI Foundation

Alfred Kober
Director of Retail Operations
Certified Angus Beef

Mohammad Koohmaraie, Ph.D.
Chief Executive Officer, Meat Division
IEH Laboratories and Consulting Group

Steve Krut
Executive Director
American Association of Meat Processors

Herbert Lotman
Founder
Keystone Foods

Ellard Pfaelzer, Sr.
Co-Founder & President
Pfaelzer Brothers

Ellard Pfaelzer, Jr.
Chairman Emeritus
The Bruss Company

David Theno, Ph.D.
Senior Vice President/Chief Food Safety Officer
Jack in the Box, Inc.

Frederick D. Usinger III
Chairman of the Board
Usinger Sausage Company

Marvin J. Walter
Founder & Chairman
W&G Marketing Company, Inc.

David Wood
Chairman of Beef Operations
Harris Ranch


Class of 2011

Jack Allen, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus
Michigan State University

Clarence Becker
President
Becker Food Company

John Bryan
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
Sara Lee Corp.

Phil Clemens
Chairman
Hatfield Quality Meats

Dale Huffman, Ph.D.
Professor
Auburn University

Robert Madeira
Executive Director
American Association of Meat Processors

Manny Rosenthal
Chairman
Standard Meat Co.

Eldon Roth
Founder
BPI, Inc.

Mel Saloman
Chairman
Allen Brothers

Alan Simon
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
Omaha Steaks

John Story
Vice President of Meat Marketing
Fairway Foods

George Watts
President
National Chicken Council


Class of 2010

Richard Bond
Chief Executive Officer & President
Tyson Foods, Inc.

Ralph Cator
Founder & Chairman
Cardinal Meat Specialists, Limited

William Farr
Founder
The Farr Company

Joel Johnson
Chief Executive Officer
Hormel Foods Corp.

H. Kenneth Johnson
Vice President - Meat Science
National Live Stock & Meat Board

Ray Kroc
Founder & Chairman
McDonald's Corp.

Roger Mandigo, Ph.D.
Professor
University of Nebraska

Robert Rust
Professor Emeritus
Iowa State University

Col. Harland Sanders
Founder
Kentucky Fried Chicken

Jeff Savell, Ph.D.
Professor
Texas A & M University

Deven Scott
Executive Director
North American Meat Processors Association

Dave Thomas
Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Wendy's


Inaugural Class of 2009

Dell M. Allen, Ph.D.
Vice President of Technical Services & Food Safety
Excel Corp.

Mel Coleman, Sr.
Founder
Coleman Natural Beef

Louis "Mick" Colvin
Founder
Certified Angus Beef

H. Russell Cross, Ph.D.
Executive Vice President & Professor
Texas A & M University

Jimmy Dean
Founder
Jimmy Dean Sausage Co.

Paul Engler
Founder
Cactus Feeders

Temple Grandin, Ph.D.
Professor
Colorado State University

Donald L. Houston
Administrator
Food Safety and Inspection Service &
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

Richard L. Knowlton
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
Hormel Foods

Joseph Luter III
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
Smithfield Foods

Richard E. Lyng
U.S.D.A. Secretary &
President, American Meat Institute

Kenneth W. Monfort
Chief Executive Officer
Monfort, Inc.

Rosemary Mucklow
Executive Director
National Meat Association

Earl Olson
President & Chairman
Jennie-O Foods

Frank Perdue
Board Chairman
Perdue Farms

Robert L Peterson
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
IBP, Inc.

Phillip M. Seng
President & Chief Executive Officer
U. S. Meat Export Federation

Gary C. Smith, Ph.D.
University Distinguished Professor
Colorado State University

Lawrence Starr
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
Koch Equipment, LLC

Raymond T. Townsend
Founder & Chairman
Townsend Engineering

Donald J. Tyson
Senior Chairman
Tyson Foods