Company News: Tyson Foods, National Farm Medicine Center, Biozyme

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Grimes Announces Intent to Leave Tyson Foods
Tyson Foods announced that Sally Grimes, group president, prepared foods, has provided notice of her intent to leave the company.

Tyson reported that Grimes would continue to serve in her role until her successor is named and will continue to be employed by the company through an appropriate transition period, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

She was named group president of prepared foods in August 2017 by former CEO Tom Hayes. The company anticipates entering into a separation and release agreement that would provide Grimes with her base salary of $850,000 for 24 months and any other applicable 2019 performance incentive payment. In exchange for these benefits, it is anticipated that she will agree to certain customary non-competition, non-solicitation, confidentiality and release provisions in favor of the company.

National Farm Medicine Center Names New Director
Casper “Cap” Bendixsen, Ph.D., a research scientist specializing in social-cultural anthropology, has been named director of the National Farm Medicine Center, part of Marshfield Clinic Research Institute, effective March 3.

Bendixsen joined Farm Medicine in 2013. His farming and ranching background has helped in bringing agricultural communities into all phases of research, with the ultimate goal of improving their health and safety. He has successfully competed for funding from the National Institutes of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to support his work.

He received his Ph.D. in social-cultural anthropology in 2014 from Rice University in Houston, Texas, and earned bachelor’s degrees in anthropology and philosophy from the University of Idaho.  

Bendixsen’s current projects include the Wisconsin Infant Study Cohort (WISC), conducted with the University of Wisconsin, which is investigating why children who grow up on farms have stronger immune systems. He’s a national leader in working with rural firefighters to deliver agricultural safety and health information to their communities. Other projects focus on young farmers and ranchers, veterans and occupational exposures involving the dairy microbiome.

Bendixsen follows in the footsteps of Barbara Lee, Ph.D., who will continue her research program as the Dean Emanuel Endowed Chair, and as director of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)-funded National Children’s Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety.

Hayes, Nichols Joins BioZyme Inc. Team
Kevin Hayes, Saint Joseph, Mo., has been named director of outreach and Cory Nichols, Blanco, Texas, has been named director of national sales-south for BioZyme Inc. 

In Hayes’ new role, he will lead global outreach in the form of employee and product development, customer support and logistics.

With 25 years of global sales and marketing experience in the animal health and additive industries, Hayes has served in various positions at companies like Amlan International, Synbiotics, Boehringer Ingelheim, and most recently serving as director of sales and marketing for RitePack, Inc. He earned his Master of Business Administration from Benedictine College. 

As BioZyme’s international business grows, Hayes will be able to contribute to that advancement as well. He understands the unique marketing needs of each country and will help customize the marketing to fit each country’s ideals.

Hayes and his wife, Kay, have two teenage sons, Zack and Cooper. He is an avid golfer and enjoys traveling with his family, as well as spending time at home with family and friends.

Nichols brings numerous years of diversified sales experience to the position of director of national sales-south, as well as a background in the livestock industry. 

Nichols has a life-time career in sales in various industries that range from construction equipment to human pharmaceuticals. He was raised on his family’s diversified row-crop and hay farm in Iowa and was involved showing Angus cattle through the National Junior Angus Association while growing up. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Animal Science with an emphasis in Business from Oklahoma State University.

Nichols will work closely with seven of the 19 area sales managers to help them expand their dealer networks and work with existing dealers to grow their sales by educating customers and potential customers about the benefits of the BioZyme product lines. 

Nichols and his wife, Suzanne live in South Central Texas, with their sons, Brock and Gage, who are both active in FFA and showing steers. 

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