Las Vegas, NV - The American Meat Institute (AMI) today elected the six officers that will guide the organization through what promises to be a critical year for the meat industry. The announcement came during AMI's Annual Business Meeting, which was held during AMI’s Annual Convention featuring the Innovation Showcase, October 12-14, in Las Vegas, NV.
Elected to the
chairmanship was W. Dan Wright president and
CEO of Wright Brand Foods, Ltd., in Vernon, TX.
Prior to joining his family’s meat processing
business in 1978, Wright, a certified public
accountant, spent six years with Arthur Young &
Company in London England, and Dallas, TX.
Wright received his B.B.A. from Southern
Methodist University and his M.B.A. from the
University of Texas at Austin.
Serving as AMI vice chairman in 1999-2000 will
be Philip Clemens, president and CEO of
Hatfield, Inc., in Hatfield, PA. Clemens began
working in his family business at Hatfield on a
part-time basis in 1962, then worked his way up
the corporate ladder to be named president in
1994 and CEO in 1995. At Hatfield, he has held
such positions as sanitation crew supervisor,
data processing manager, personnel director and
vice president of human resources.
Richard Searer, president of The Oscar
Mayer Foods Division of Kraft Foods, in Madison
WI, will assume the position of treasurer.
Searer joined Kraft Foods, Inc., in 1981 as
assistant product manager for Maxwell House
Coffee and has since held a variety of
positions within Oscar Mayer Foods and Kraft.
In 1993, Searer was named executive vice
president and general manager for the consumer
products division of Oscar Mayer Foods. In
1996, Searer was named president of The Oscar
Mayer Foods Division and executive vice
president and general manager of Kraft Foods.
Stewart Owens, president and
COO of Bob Evans Farms Inc., in Columbus, OH,
has been elected to serve as secretary. After
graduating from Southern Methodist University
(SMU), Owens began his career at Owens Country
Sausage as an office manager at the company
founded by his grandparents In 1984, he was
promoted to president of Owens Country Sausage.
After Bob Evans Farms Inc., acquired Owens
Country Sausage in 1987, Owens joined the Board
Of Directors. In 1994, he was named executive
vice president and COO of Bob Evans Farms Inc.,
and in 1995 he was named president.
Gregory Page, president and COO of
Cargill, Inc., and AMI's 2000 chairman, becomes
immediate past chairman. J. Patrick Boyle was
reelected by the AMI membership to serve an
eleventh year as the Institute's president and
"The upcoming year will
be an important year for AMI as issues like
food safety, federal regulations and the
upcoming 2000 elections could impact the
industry,” said AMI President and CEO J.
Patrick Boyle. Boyle added, "The expertise of
the new officers will be critical to the
direction of both AMI and the industry."
AMI represents the interests of packers and
processors of beef, pork, lamb, veal and turkey
products and their suppliers throughout North
America. Headquartered in Washington, DC, the
Institute provides legislative, regulatory and
public relations services, conducts scientific
and economic research, offers marketing and
technical assistance and sponsors education
American Meat Institute Elects 2000-2001 OfficersThursday, October 12, 2000
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