Mr. Ide serves on the Board of Directors and as President of MPSC, Inc. and its international subsidiaries. Mr. Ide initially came to MPSC as an investor and consultant, and later held positions of Executive Vice President and Vice President-Operations of MPSC. He was responsible for raising capital during the early years of R&D, and subsequently managed MPSC’s Latin American operations. Prior to MPSC, Mr. Ide worked in manufacturing and as a marketing consultant to Fortune 500 clients. Mr. Ide graduated from Dartmouth College.
Russell T. Lund, III (Tres) serves as Chairman, President and CEO of Lund Food Holdings Inc., which operates the Lunds and Byerly’s grocery stores in the Minneapolis/St. Paul market place. His career began with Lunds in 1978 as a part-time carryout. His full-time career commenced in 1985. Tres became vice president of retail operations of Lunds following an intensive 18-month internship, and in 1991 he was appointed president and chief executive officer of Lunds, Inc. Following the successful acquisition of Byerly’s, Inc. in 1997, and the integration of the two formats under one company, Tres was named chairman, president and chief executive officer of Lund Food Holdings, Inc.
Tres serves on the Boards of the Food Marketing Institute (FMI), the Minnesota Grocers Association (MGA), the AgriBeef Company (Boise, Idaho) and MPSC, Inc. (Hudson, Wisconsin).
Mr. Packard is an independent consultant to the meat industry, and is a shareholder and member of MPSC’s Board of Directors. He has held senior and executive positions in beef, pork and processed meat companies for more than 20 years, including Vice President of Operations, Armour Food Company, Vice President of Beef Operations, Excel Corp., and Executive Vice President of Operations and Partner, Farmland National Beef Packing Co., L.P., and President Agribeef Co. He began his career as a production line meat cutter.
Mr. Packard’s responsibilities have included production, Q.A, human resources, engineering, food safety, workplace safety, environmental compliance and purchasing. He also served as primary senior contact with federal, state and local regulators. He has traveled to most of the major meat producing and meat consuming countries and is familiar with the dynamics of export markets.
A resident of Australia since 1997, and also a dual citizen of Australia and the United States, Mr. Marlette is Managing Director of MPSC Australia Pty Ltd. He is the founder of the Australian subsidiary company and has enjoyed a hands-on role in its market development, operations, engineering and administration. Prior to coming to MPSC, Mr. Marlette spent a career at IBM in Chicago. There, he was predominantly involved in marketing and financial structuring of mainframe related deals in the online transaction processing sectors. He also previously completed extensive sales training at Harris Lanier Corporation. Mr. Marlette holds an MBA from Northwestern University with a double major in International Finance and International Marketing, and is a graduate of Dartmouth College with a BA in Government.
Professor, University of Minnesota’s College of Veterinary Medicine and Department of Clinical Population and Sciences. An eight year USDA-FSIS employee and former FSIS International HACCP Advisor, Dr. Pullen brings particular expertise to his consulting clients in the areas of food safety, public health and epidemiology. He has authored or co-authored several critical research studies at the University of Minnesota and Kansas State University. Dr. Pullen is MPSC’s primary scientific consultant.
Dr. James Marsden joined the ASI faculty in 1994 as the Regent’s Distinguished Professor of Food Safety and Security. He has a 100 % research appointment. He also serves as the Associate Director of the Biosecurity Research Institute – located at KSU.
His research focus has been on the safety of food products. This work has included the control of E. coli O157:H7 in raw ground beef and other processed beef products and Listeria monocytogenes in processed meats. He also acts as the Senior Science Advisor for the North American Meat Association and has been involved in food safety training for the food industry. Dr. Marsden is the author of numerous publications and book chapters on food safety and quality and is the recipient of awards for research and teaching.
He serves on a number of Advisory Boards for companies that provide food safety technologies to the food industry and is a regular contributor to the television program –“The World Business Review. He has also appeared on numerous television news programs as a food safety expert.
Mr. Dietz is the VP-Finance of MPSC. His responsibilities include finance, accounting, purchasing, inventory, and human resources. Before MPSC he had 13 years of Controller and finance experience at GE, McKee Floor Covering, and Reliakor. Mr. Dietz received his finance degree from Minnesota State University-Mankato. He is also continuing his education with an MBA from St. Thomas. Mr. Dietz grew up on a dairy and beef farm in central Minnesota.
Mr. Laube is the VP-Operations of MPSC. His responsibilities include operations, technical services and engineering. Before MPSC he had 12 years of Operations and Engineering experience in both Beef and Pork with Cargill, Smithfield and JBS. Most recently before joining MPSC he was the VP of Operations for The Kansas City Sausage Co. DBA Pine Ridge Farms, LLC. Mr. Laube left the industry for 2 years to work for Coca-Cola as the Head of Operational Excellence for all West Coast Plants and was the interim Plant Manager for the San Leandro, CA plant, 7th largest plant in the Coca-Cola network. Mr. Laube received his operations management degree from Trine University-Angola, IN and his MBA from Texas Christian University in 2000.
Mr. Miller brings over 25 years of experience in the red meat industry, having honed his skills in plant operations, process engineering, project management & team leadership. He has served as the Innovations Manager at Australian Lamb Co. (ALC), Colac, Victoria, and also at Thomas Foods International (TFI), Murray Bridge, SA. Previously he also worked at Milmeq, Auckland, New Zealand, in a number of management roles.
This senior management addition enhances MPSC’s development of Rinse & Chill® in the lamb processing sector. Miller’s oversight of this strategic R&D initiative will accelerate the debut of the technology in high speed plants, delivering significant improvements in meat hygiene, shelf life, colour and eating quality.
Mr. Pardo holds the position of Director of Engineering and has worked with MPSC since 1997. He has worked in the beef industry in various engineering, maintenance and plant management capacities, including the largest beef packing company in Mexico, Grupo Viz. Mr. Pardo holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering, and has significant expertise and experience in beef plant maintenance and new projects management, construction, refrigeration, mechanical engineering & design, electrical, control systems, programming & software. At MPSC Ingeniero Pardo is responsible for production operations management, file maintenance, customer support, field installation project management, training, and compliance.