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American Meat Institute Elects New Officers

Friday, October 17, 2008

Colorado Springs, Colo.─ The American Meat Institute (AMI) has elected the six officers that will guide the organization through the next year. The election was held during AMI’s Annual Business Meeting in Colorado Springs, Colo. 

Elected to the chairmanship for 2008-2009 is Rod Brenneman, president and chief executive officer of Seaboard Foods. Prior to being named president and CEO in June 2001, he served in various Seaboard management positions in both operations and finance, including senior vice president and chief financial officer.   He has been with Seaboard Foods since 1989.

Jeffrey Ettinger, chairman of the board, president and CEO of Hormel Foods Corporation, will serve as vice-chairman for 2008-2009.  He began his career with Hormel foods in 1989 as a corporate attorney and has served in numerous leadership positions at Hormel Foods and Jennie-O Turkey Store. Ettinger was named president and chief operating officer of Hormel Foods in 2004 and was elected chief executive officer in 2005. He was elected chairman of the board for Hormel Foods in November 2006.

Dennis Vignieri, president and CEO of Kenosha Beef International, Ltd., will serve as treasurer.  Vignieri has served with the company since 1978.  Prior to his current position he served as the Director of Transportation for 14 years. He has been a member of the Kenosha Beef Board of Directors since 1984.  He is currently serving as co-chair of American Meat Institute’s Political Action Committee.

Larry Odom, Chairman, CEO and president of Odom’s Tennessee Pride Sausage, Inc., will serve as secretary.  Odom has worked for Odom’s Tennessee Pride Sausage, Inc. for 34 years, including food service regional manager, quality assurance manager and later as director of quality assurance over a three plant operation.  He was plant manager from 1982-1985.  Odom became executive vice president in 1985 and president in 1992.  Odom was promoted in 2001 to chairman and CEO.

David Miniat, president of Ed Miniat, Inc., becomes immediate past chairman.   J. Patrick Boyle was reelected by the AMI membership to serve a twentieth year as the Institute’s president and CEO.

“The upcoming year presents our industry with immense opportunity accompanied by serious challenges, as we continue to improve the food safety profile of our products, work for a common sense biofuel policy and overcome trade barriers,” Boyle said.  “The leadership and diverse experience of these new AMI officers will be critical in our efforts to continue to advance this industry and I look forward to working with them to achieve our common goals.”

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 United States. The Institute provides legislative, regulatory, public relations, technical, scientific and educational services to the meat and poultry packing and processing industry.


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