Joel Phelps, president, and partner in Great Lakes Pork has been retained by Choice Genetics USA as a consultant to assist with strategic planning and project development. Joel will continue is his current role at Great Lakes Pork, an important customer and supplier of Choice Genetics. He has a Masters in Agricultural Business from Kansas State University.
"Our long-standing relationship with Joel and his large production system expertise make this a great fit," said Derek Petry, Choice Genetics CEO.
The company also announces the addition of Mark Klassen, pictured below, as a Business Development Manager. Klassen was formerly with DeKalb Swine Breeders and Monsanto Choice Genetics until 2001. Since 2001, Mark has worked for Elanco as Animal Handling, Welfare Specialist and Packer Representative. Mark will be based out of Wayne, Neb. and will focus on specific accounts. He also will be part of the company's packer strategy team.
"Mark brings a lot of value to Choice Genetics with his relationships within the top US producers and the packing industry," said Brent Mitchell, Choice Genetics COO.