NAMA elects 2013 officers and directors
At the annual meeting that took place at the North American Meat Association’s (NAMA) MEATXPO ’13 Suppliers’ Exposition & Annual Convention, the NAMA board of directors elected the following officers to serve for the year beginning July 1, 2013:
Immediate Past Co-Chair, Jeff Saval.
Immediate Past Co-Chair, Larry Vad.
Board Co-Chair, Marty Evanson.
Board Co-Chair, Mike Satzow.
Co-President, Tony Gahn Jr.
Co-President, Mike Hesse.
Co-Vice President, Brian Coelho.
Co-Vice President, John Vatri.
Treasurer, Joe Maas. Secretary, Greg Longstreet.
At-Large General Member, Brad McDowell.
Associate/Allied Rep, Chris Mason.
Also elected during MEATXPO ’13, the following directors will begin three-year terms effective July 1, 2013:
Region 1: Martin Eckmann, Alaska Sausage Company.
Region 2: Mike Curry, Yosemite Meats Co.; Steven Maxey, Certified Meat Products; and David Wood, Harris Ranch.
Region 3: Joe Azzaro, In- N-Out Burgers; Dennis Hajjar, Goldberg & Solovy; Allen Russak, Russak’s Cured Smkd Products; Tom Serrato, Far West Meats.
Region 4: John Schaller, Lopez Foods, Inc.
Region 6: Steve Van Lannen, American Food Group.
Region 7: Sharon Birkett, OSI, Inc.; Peter Bozzo, Michael’s Finer Meats; Lee Freidheim, Cougle Commission Co.
Region 8: Michael Bernstein, Maid-Rite Steak; Steve Falcigno, Buckhead Beef of RI; Beau Heeps, K. Heeps Inc.; Ross Shuket, Old World Provisions.
Associate/Allied: John Fell, Advantage Packaging.
With representatives in the U.S., Canada and Mexico, and a community of more than 600 companies, North American Meat Association provides its members exceptional regulatory advocacy, educational opportunities, and a spirit of partnership that is unique in the industry. — WLJ