North American Leadership
J. Warner Ide
CEO, Board of Directors
Warner Ide serves on the Board of Directors and as CEO of MPSC, Inc. and its international subsidiaries. Mr. Ide initially came to MPSC as an investor and consultant, and later held the positions of Executive Vice President, Vice President-Operations, and Vice President Latin America 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, Warner Ide worked in manufacturing and as a marketing consultant to Fortune 500 clients. Mr. Ide graduated from Dartmouth College.
Russell T. Lund III
Chairman, Board of Directors
Russell T. Lund, III (”Tres”) serves as chairman, president and chief executive officer of Lund Food Holdings Inc., which operates 27 Lunds & Byerlys grocery stores in the Minneapolis/St. Paul marketplace. The retail stores are supported by two company-owned food manufacturing facilities and a produce distribution center.
Tres is a graduate of the University of Montana with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration Marketing.
Tres serves on the Boards of the Food Industry Association (Washington, DC), the AgriBeef Company (Boise, Idaho), the Minnesota Business Partnership (Minneapolis, MN) and MPSC, Inc. (Hudson, WI).
Dwight F. Packard
Board of Directors
Mr. Packard is an independent consultant in the meat industry. He has worked in the industry for more than 40 years and held senior and executive positions in beef, pork and processed meat companies for more than 30 years, including Vice President of Operations for Armour Food Co ( ConAgra Foods ), Vice President of Beef Operations for Excel Corp (Cargill Meat Solutions ), Executive Vice President of Operations and Partner for National Beef Packing Co L.P. and President for Agri Beef Co. He began his career as a production line meat cutter.
Dwight’s responsibilities have included production, Q.A., technical services, human resources, engineering, food safety, workplace safety, sales and marketing. He has significant experience in strategic and capital planning with considerable success helping companies needing or desiring change. He has traveled to many of the world’s major meat producing and meat consuming countries and is familiar with the dynamics of export markets. From production line to boardroom, he has a broad and hands-on base of experience in the meat industry. He maintains solid relationships with industry managers, suppliers and interested parties.
Vice President of Finance
Mr. Dietz is the VP-Finance for 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. Jeff received his finance degree from Minnesota State University-Mankato. He is also continuing his education with an MBA from St. Thomas. Jeff grew up on a dairy and beef farm in central Minnesota.
Vice President of Operations
Mr. Laube is the VP-Operations for 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. Aaron 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, the 7th largest plant in the Coca-Cola network. Aaron received his operations management degree from Trine University-Angola, IN and his MBA from Texas Christian University in 2000.
Robert Campbell, Ph.D.
Director of Technical Services
Dr. Campbell started working in the meat industry at the age of 13 as an apprentice meat cutter. Then he worked as a retail meat cutter at several stores. During college, he worked at Copaco and Home Pride; small full-line meat plants, including everything from slaughter to retail. After an M.S. from Ohio State, Bob worked for Howard Johnson’s, Hebrew National and as Manager of Meat Research and Corporate Laboratories at IBP.
While in a Ph.D. program in Food Science at Kansas State University, he wrote articles in peer-reviewed journals, trade publications and two book chapters. He also ran programs for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) with missions to Bolivia, Mexico, Paraguay, and the Philippines. Bob received his Ph.D. in January 2000 and the AMSA Achievement Award in 2001. Bob then worked on AID projects in Albania and Ethiopia.
Other experience includes stints at Dial Inc, West Liberty Foods, Triumph Foods and Kayem Foods.
Director of Engineering
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. Ulises 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 Ulises is responsible for his team’s production operations management, maintenance, customer support, field installation project management, training and compliance.