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Leadership




Dennis Stiffler   

Dennis Stiffler

Chair, Plano, Texas

Dennis Stiffler, Ph.D., is president of the Texas Division, Halpern’s Steak and Seafood, headquartered in Atlanta. He is the former chief executive officer of Mountain States Rosen, a fully integrated, livestock producer-owned, fabricator, processor and distributor supplying quality lamb and veal products. Stiffler has 30 years of livestock, meat industry and international marketing experience, and spent 10 years at major universities involved in teaching, research and extension services. During his tenure in academia, Stiffler traveled abroad on numerous occasions representing both USMEF and the U.S. Grains Council in education and market development programs.


Conley Nelson   

Conley Nelson

Chair-Elect, Algona, Iowa

Conley Nelson is general manager of Smithfield Foods’ hog production division in the company’s five-state Midwest region. He was president of the National Pork Board in 2012-13. He is also a pork producer, operating a farm that has been in his family for more than 120 years.



Cevin Jones   

Cevin Jones

Vice Chair, Eden, Idaho

Along with his brother and other family members, Cevin Jones operates Intermountain Beef, a custom feedlot. He served as vice chairman of the Federation of State Beef Councils and on the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) board of directors. He is a past winner of the Idaho Cattle Feeder of the Year Award.



Pat Binger   

Pat Binger

Secretary/Treasurer, Wichita, Kansas

Pat Binger is vice president international, Cargill Protein Group. Binger has been in the red meat industry for 30 years, including 26 years in international sales and 15 years directing Cargill’s overseas network of offices.



Dan Halstrom   

Dan Halstrom

President and CEO, Denver, Colorado

As USMEF president and CEO, Dan Halstrom oversees and coordinates programs and activities in 18 regions around the world. Halstrom works to ensure that the federation creates new opportunities and develops existing international markets for U.S. beef, pork, lamb and veal. Dan also oversees USMEF’s relations with its membership and the industry and works closely with all nine sectors of the federation. He is an ex officio member of the USMEF Executive Committee.

Dan joined USMEF in 2010 after 27 years in the meat industry with Swift & Company, originally based in Chicago (now doing business as JBS based in Greeley, Colorado). As USMEF senior vice president of marketing, Dan was responsible for coordination of programs facilitating the marketing of U.S. beef, pork, and lamb. In addition, Dan oversaw industry relations and membership activities for USMEF and its nine sectors of membership.

Dan began his role at Swift as a management trainee, and spent several years at the plant level before moving into commercial sales and eventually into international sales where he spent most of his career. As senior vice president of the international division for Swift/JBS (2000-2010), he oversaw global beef and pork operations for the world’s largest red meat company.

Dan was also an active member of USMEF for many years, including various volunteer positions and officer roles with the USMEF Executive Committee from 2005-2007, which culminated as Chairman in 2008.

A graduate of the University of Iowa, Dan was born and raised near Cherokee, Iowa, on a 1,000-acre grain farm with a 3,000-head cattle backgrounding operation.




USMEF Executive Committee

Greg Ahart Jesse Austin Kent Bang Wanda Blair Austin Brown III John Butler Steve Hanson Edward Lammers

Greg Ahart

American Lamb Board
Davis, CA

Jesse Austin

At Large
Smithfield, VA

Kent Bang

At Large
Omaha, NE

Wanda Blair

Farm Organizations
Vale, SD

Austin Brown III

Federation of State
Beef Councils
Beeville, TX

John Butler

Supply & Service
Organizations
Manhattan, KS

Steve Hanson

Beef/Veal Producing &
Feeding
Elsie, NE

Edward Lammers

United Soybean Board
Hartington, NE
Dean Meyer Homero Recio Marc Reiner Karen Richter Hugh Sanburg Bruce Schmoll Randy Spronk Jay Theiler

Dean Meyer

Feedgrain Producing
Rock Rapids, IA

Homero Recio

Purveying/Trading
San Antonio, TX

Marc Reiner

Oilseeds Producing
Tripp, SD

Karen Richter

National Pork Board
Montgomery, MN

Hugh Sanburg

Cattlemen’s Beef Board
Eckert, CO

Bruce Schmoll

Immediate Past Chair,
Claremont, Minnesota

Randy Spronk

Pork Producing &
Feeding

Edgerton, MN

Jay Theiler

Packing/Processing
Boise, ID