Company News: Hypor, Zinpro, BioZyme, Inc Announce New Hires

( Alison Fulton, Farm Journal's PORK )

Hypor Hires Geneticist Austin Putz
Farm Journal PORK’s Up & Coming Leader Austin Putz has been named the newest geneticist for Hypor, a pig genetics company with headquarters in Boxmeer, The Netherlands. Currently finishing his doctorate in animal breeding and genetics at Iowa State University, Putz started with Hypor in January. 

As he settles into his new role, Putz’s interest in everything swine-related is taking him in a number of directions going forward: small projects like disease trials; more applied on-farm work with precision agriculture technology to improve data recording and add novel traits to the selection index and simulated breeding programs with statistical modeling. 

“We are excited to have Austin join the Hypor team and continue to build our support system for producers in the USA”, says Graydon Bell, general manager, Hypor USA.

Dr. Mark Whitney Joins Zinpro Corporation as Swine Nutritionist – Technical Services 
Mark Whitney, Ph.D., has joined Zinpro Corporation as swine nutritionist – technical services. With more than 20 years’ experience in swine nutrition, research and on-farm management, Whitney provides technical service support to customers, with a focus on swine production, and contributes to nutritional swine research for Zinpro across the globe. 

In addition to his most recent experience as a swine nutrition technical sales specialist for a global animal feed and nutrition company, Whitney worked as an associate professor and swine Extension educator with the University of Minnesota for nearly a decade. He has also worked as a research fellow and swine nutrition research manager at the University of Minnesota and as an assistant Extension swine specialist at North Dakota State University. Whitney earned his doctorate in swine nutrition from the University of Minnesota and his master’s and bachelor’s degrees from North Dakota State University.  
“Mark is a highly regarded and experienced researcher and swine nutritionist who will provide our customers, research and sales teams with superior support as we expand our market-leading product portfolio globally in performance trace mineral nutrition,” says Zach Rambo, Zinpro research and nutritional services global species team leader. 

BioZyme Inc. Promotes Jake Warntjes to National Sales Director 
Jake Warntjes, Hennessey, Okla., has been promoted to the role of national sales director at BioZyme Inc. He is one of three sales directors leading the team of area sales managers (ASMs) spread across the U.S. 

In his new role, Warntjes will help sales directors grow the dealer network and cultivate relationships with current dealers. He will continue to represent his ASM territory of western Kansas, western Oklahoma and the Texas Panhandle.

“Since the first day on the job at BioZyme, Jake has not only had the willingness to learn, but also exhibited the drive that it takes to lead a high performing sales team. I am very excited to have the opportunity to promote Jake into a leadership position and have no doubt that he will continue to raise the bar for our team,” said Alan Lee, Director director of Domestic domestic Business business Development development for BioZyme.

Warntjes joined BioZyme as an ASM in February 2017. He is a native of Oregon and attended Oklahoma State University where he earned his bachelor’s degree in animal science. He was a member of the 2012 National Champion Livestock Judging Team. Warntjes is passionate about the livestock industry and enjoys judging shows and helping young exhibitors succeed with their projects. He likes to assist his brother with his club lamb operation in California when time allows.

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