Mark comes with a wealth of pork and broader food industry experience. His most recent assignment has been vice president, operations for a well-respected national food company, where he was responsible for the manufacturing network across the country. Porter’s prior professional experience includes a variety of operational roles with large food companies and 8 years in the U. S. Navy as a Submarine Operations Officer. Mark and his wife of 26 years, DeAnna, moved to Sioux City in the spring of 2016.
RYAN BOEN - VICE PRESIDENT OF FINANCE AND ACCOUNTING
Ryan joined the STF team in November 2016. He is a CPA and earned his Masters in Professional Accountancy from the University of South Dakota and is currently pursuing an MBA with a specialization in Leadership from Creighton University. Ryan has experience as an interim CFO and is an accomplished, senior financial leader with nearly 10 years of ‘Big 4’, ‘Fortune 500’, and international accounting experience.
NEIL PUETZ - DIRECTOR OF MAINTENANCE AND ENGINEERING
Neil brings over 20 years of industrial maintenance to Seaboard Triumph Foods. He started his career in northwest Iowa and has received numerous awards and certifications in electrical, PLC Programming, food safety and leadership training. After a ten-year career with a major food processing company in Waterloo, Iowa, and a nine-year career with Triumph Foods in St. Joseph, Missouri, Neil is glad to be back home in Northwest Iowa. Neil and his wife Kari reside in Hinton, Iowa.
PETE BECKNER - PROJECT MANAGER
Pete joined Seaboard Triumph Foods in December 2017. He has over 19 years of experience in plant maintenance, refrigeration, and project management. He is experienced in coordinating productivity, safety standards, and project management. Pete and his wife are from Dakota City, Nebraska, and they have two children ages 15 and 8.
RICARDO ROMERO - INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (I.T.) MANAGER
Ricardo joined Seaboard Triumph Foods in October 2016. His years of experience and passion for IT, networking, and technical support and management made a perfect fit for STF. He is an experienced leader, troubleshooter, technical planner and system security manager. Ricardo and his wife Katie have three children ages 10, 8, and 6.
ANDREW (ANDY) SCHROEDER - UTILITIES SUPERINTENDENT
Andy’s 11 years of experience in management and leadership roles in the ever changing utility fields through the US Navy and Industrial Food Industry led him to Seaboard Triumph Foods. During his career, Andy developed many different areas of expertise through hands-on experience, training and teaching in different areas of Boiler, Refrigeration, HVAC, and Plant Air systems. Andy and his wife have two children ages 4 and 3.
DAVID (DAVE) CARY - VICE PRESIDENT OF HOG PROCUREMENT
Dave has over 36 years of experience in the swine industry. While most of it is in procurement, Dave spent five years specializing in risk management philosophies, strategies and execution. Dave is excited to build partnerships with producers to maximize the value of the partnership to them as well as to the processing facility. Dave and his wife have two children and five grandchildren.
MAX ENGLAND - DIRECTOR OF CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT AND ANALYTICS
Max joined Seaboard Triumph Foods in 2016. Having been part of industry since 2000, he’s held R&D and Operations roles with several major pork processors. Growing up on a farm in Northern Illinois and working at the Meat Science Lab during college cultivated his passion for pork and the meat industry. Max holds a B.S. in Animal Science and an M.S. in Meat Science from the University of Illinois, Urbana. Max and his wife Emily enjoy gardening, home improvement, and spending time with their pets
BRIAN DESCHEPPER - VICE PRESIDENT OF OPERATIONS
Brian brings over 27 years of food industry experience with well-respected national companies to STF. Brian says the new, state-of-the-art plant coupled with a strong culture and great management team are what motivated him to join the company. Brian and his wife Kari are proud parents of three adult children and are excited be back home in Siouxland. They enjoy family activities, social events and helping others in the community through their church and other organizations.
BRIDEY HAYES - DIRECTOR OF HUMAN RESOURCES
Bridey joined Seaboard Triumph Foods in May, 2016. She has over eighteen-years of Human Resource experience in both the food industry as well as the public sector. A generalist at heart, Bridey’s passion for Human Resources stems from the variety that each day brings and the opportunity to have a positive impact on employees as well as the business. She has a degree in Business Administration with a major in Human Resource Management from Kansas State University. Bridey and her husband have three children. In her free time, Bridey enjoys spending time with family, reading and cheering for her children’s sports teams.
MARCIE BIGGERSTAFF - HRMS/BENEFITS MANAGER
Marcie, joined Seaboard Triumph Foods in January 2017. She is a South Sioux City native and brings over thirty-years of Human Resource experience in the food industry to STF. Her specialties include human resources management systems and benefits. Marcie studied at both Morningside College and Briar Cliff University. She and her husband have three daughters, a son-in-law, and two very spoiled dogs. Marcie enjoys reading, drawing, painting, gardening with her husband, and spending time with her family.
KIRSTEN WYNN - RECRUITING MANAGER
Kirsten joined the Seaboard Triumph Foods team in July 2016. A native of Sioux City, she brings over 18 years of Human Resource experience in recruitment and hiring. Kirsten has an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration from the American Institute of Business. Kirsten and her husband have two children and they enjoy maintaining a healthy lifestyle, camping, golfing and any other outdoor activity as well as watching their children’s sporting events.
Laurie joined Seaboard Triumph Foods in June 2016. She has a wealth of administrative experience since moving to Sioux City, having spent 9 years as an administrative assistant in education and a year with WIC at Siouxland District Health. She has also worked as a Director of Sales in the hospitality field. Laurie and her husband have been married for 30 years and have three children and two grandchildren.