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Leann Saunders

Chair, Castle Rock, Colorado

Leann Saunders is the President of IMI Global, Inc., an agricultural verification solutions company and founder of the Where Food Comes From® food labeling program.

Leann is chair of the Traceability Working Group. She also sits on the board of directors for the International Stockmen’s Education Foundation. An alumna of Colorado State University, Leann graduated magna cum laude with a B.S. in Agriculture Business and a Masters in Beef Industry Leadership. Growing up on a ranch in western Colorado, she is actively involved with her family’s ranching and stocker operations and is part owner of the Mayfield Heritage Cattle Company in Animas, New Mexico.


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Roel Andriessen

Chair-elect, Dakota Dunes, South Dakota

Roel Andriessen has more than 35 years of meat industry experience. Andriessen started in his family’s international meat and poultry business in The Netherlands, and later continued the business in Kansas. In 1978, he moved to IBP which was subsequently acquired by Tyson. Roel is a senior vice president of Tyson, responsible for the International Sales Group of Tyson Fresh Meats.

A native of The Netherlands, Andriessen has been involved with USMEF since 1979 as a member of the executive committee and as chairman of various committees. A graduate of Nijenrode University in the Netherlands, he holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Washburn University in Kansas and earned an MBA degree from the University of Kansas.



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Bruce Schmoll

Vice-chair, Claremont, Minnesota

Bruce Schmoll is a soybean and corn producer in southeast Minnesota who has served on the USMEF Executive Committee for three years representing the Oilseeds Producing sector. He is a past president of the Minnesota Soybean Growers Association. He also is a member of the Dodge County Corn and Soybean Board, the Minnesota Corn Growers Association, the Farm Bureau and the Southeast Ag Alliance. Schmoll is a past member of the Dodge County Planning and Zoning Board and was a supervisor in Ripley Township.

He graduated with a bachelor of science degree in depth in industrial education from Winona State College. Bruce lives in Claremont, Minn., with his wife, Tarrie. They have two sons.


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Dennis Stiffler

Secretary Treasurer, Bronx, New York

Dennis Stiffler, Ph.D., is chief executive officer of Mountain States Rosen, a fully integrated, livestock producer-owned, fabricator, processor and distributor supplying quality lamb and veal products. The company operates facilities in Greeley, Colorado and Bronx, New York. Stiffler joined Mountain States Rosen in October 2008, bringing 30 years of livestock, meat industry and international marketing experience to the company. In addition, he spent 10 years at major universities involved in teaching, research, and extension services. During his tenure in academia, Stiffler traveled aboard on numerous occasions representing both USMEF and the U.S. Grains Council in education and market development programs.


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Philip M. Seng

President and CEO, Denver, Colorado

Philip M. Seng oversees USMEF operations worldwide, providing direction for USMEF strategies and priorities in international programs, research, technical services, industry relations and global communications. He also serves as the primary spokesman for USMEF and other exporting interests to government and private entities regarding international trade policy and foreign market development issues related to U.S. red meat products.

Raised on an Iowa farm, Seng joined the USMEF staff in the Tokyo office in 1982, was USMEF Asian director for six years and was named president and chief operating officer in January 1990. He is fluent in Japanese, played a central role in opening the Japanese beef market, is an authority on Japan’s complex distribution system and has worked closely with both industry and government officials in Japan. His marketing strategies and approach to the Japanese market have received critical acclaim in the international business community and served as a case study in the Harvard University Business School, where he has been a guest lecturer on several occasions.

Seng has also been active in a number of other organizations. As the only American ever to serve as president of the International Meat Secretariat – where meat experts from more than 40 nations regularly meet to discuss and resolve issues – Seng served four terms. He also was president of the Japan-American Society in Colorado, and has served on the President’s Agricultural Policy Advisory Council in Washington.



Greg Ahart Norman Bessac Wanda Blair Mark Boyd Mark Gustafson John Hagenbush Mark Jagels Kevin Kester

Greg Ahart

American Lamb Board
Davis, CA

Norman Bessac

At Large
Wichita, KS

Wanda Blair

Farm Organizations
Vale, SD

Mark Boyd

Purveying/Trading
Calabasas, CA

Mark Gustafson

Packer/Processing
Greeley, CO

John Hagenbuch

Oilseeds Producing
Utica, IL

Mark Jagels

Immediate Past Chairman, Davenport, NE

Kevin Kester

Beef/Veal Producing
& Feeding
Parkfield, CA
Lou Lamoreux Conley Nelson John Butler Randy Spronk Mark Swanson

Lou Lamoreux

Feedgrain Producing
Lanark, IL

Conley Nelson

National Pork Board
Algona, IA

Larry Pratt

Cattlemen’s Beef Board
Eliasville, TX

Randy Spronk

Pork Producing & Feeding
Edgerton, MN

Mark Swanson

Supply & Service
Henderson, CO
   
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