The new members were elected during AMI's Annual Business Meeting, which was held during AMI's International Meat, Poultry and Seafood Convention and Exposition, part of Worldwide Food Expo '03, in Chicago, Oct. 29 - Nov. 1, 2003.
New members of AMI's Executive Committee include:
- Van Ayvazian, executive director, Boar's Head Provision Co., Inc.
- Greg Benedict, president, Rosen Meat Group, Inc.
- Michel Defenbau, president and CEO, Multivac, Inc.
- Larry Odom, president, Odom's Tennessee Pride Sausage, Inc.
"These individuals offer years of industry experience and a diverse perspective on the meat and poultry industry that will help AMI meet the challenges of the coming years," said AMI President and CEO J. Patrick Boyle.
AMI represents the interests of packers and processors of beef, pork, lamb, veal and turkey products and their suppliers throughout North America. Together, AMI's members produce 95 percent of the beef, pork, lamb and veal products and 70 percent of the turkey products in the U.S. Headquartered in Washington, DC, the Institute provides legislative, regulatory, public relations, technical, scientific and educational services to the industry. Its affiliate, the AMI Foundation, is a separate 501(c)3 organization that conducts research, education and information projects for the industry.