Longtime Agri Beef Exec Named CEO For Superior Farms
Agri Beef Co. executive Rick Stott accepted the position of CEO for Superior Farms Lamb this week. He most recently served as the EVP of business development for Agri Beef, headquartered in Boise, Idaho, and, with more than 19 years at the company, also has served as president of Snake River Farms (a subsidiary of Agri Beef), Agri Beef VP, treasurer and corporate controller. Additionally, Stott has been a member of the board of directors for Superior Farms/THCI since 2011.
“During the last 19 years I have had the privilege of working closely with great people,” said Stott. “Agri Beef has grown from a Northwest feeder to a leader in the beef industry and I feel privileged to be a part of that success. However, I’m very excited to join Superior Farms and the lamb industry. Through my involvement as a director, I’ve had the opportunity to become familiar with the company, the industry and its employee-owners. It will be an exciting and challenging opportunity.”
Jim Fletcher, chairman of the board for Superior Farms and its’ parent company Transhumance, said, “We’re thrilled to bring someone of Rick’s caliber to our organization and the American sheep industry as a whole. His extensive experience and success with Agri Beef, as well as his passion for agriculture, demonstrates that he was the right fit for Superior Farms. We see many opportunities for success with this new partnership.”
Previously Stott was responsible at Agri Beef for deploying new opportunities, acquisitions, information technology strategy, marketing and regulatory and public policy affairs. Among other strategic initiatives, Stott headed a team to launch a new company to market protein directly to consumers at TheDoubleRRanch.com.
Stott is a fifth-generation cattleman and graduated with bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in accounting from Brigham Young University. He currently is serving as a board member on the University of Idaho Agriculture Dean’s Advisory Board and on several other industry boards. He is a member of several professional and community organizations, including The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, Idaho, Washington, Montana and Kansas Cattlemen’s Associations.
Superior Farms, founded in 1963 with headquarters in Davis, Calif., is celebrating its 50th year in business as North America’s largest processor and marketer of lamb. The company is the recognized leader in the retail and foodservice markets it serves, providing products and services to customers throughout the U.S., Canada and more than 10 countries. The company has approximately 400 employee-owners at its nationwide network of facilities and offices.