In an appointment that marks a significant change for the business, Omaha, Nebraska-based Omaha Steaks promotes Nate Rempe to president and COO, announced June 29.
Owners Bruce Simon, Todd Simon and Alan Simon will continue to be involved in the business, which has been run by their family for more than 103 years.
“Nate’s reach and influence has been felt in all aspects of the business and I can’t think of anyone who is better qualified to drive the company into the future,” Bruce Simon said.
Rempe has served the company as chief information officer for the past four years. Prior to joining the Omaha Steaks team, he held the title of SVP and chief technology officer for Nebraska Book Co.
Rempe studied business and computer science at the University of Nebraska- Lincoln and completed his graduate education at Creighton University, where he later joined the Department of Information Science & Technology’s executive faculty.
Rempe has also held various independent advisory board positions including one at ClassBundle, a Nelnet company, and holds four U.S. patents in the areas of technology and business process.
The company also announced the promotion of Julie Evans to VP and chief marketing officer where she will be responsible for leading the marketing, sales, creative, brand and data analytics teams.
Evans joined the company in 1999 as call center manager and quickly moved into digital marketing, where she was responsible for significant innovation including email, affiliate marketing and paid search, eventually overseeing all of consumer direct marketing through 2011.
She held leadership positions at Hayneedle, The Maids International and Oriental Trading Co. before returning to Omaha Steaks last summer. She’s a graduate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha.
In addition, Omaha promotes Brian Fowler to VP of procurement & product development, where he will be responsible for all product development, purchasing/buying and inventory management as well as ongoing product improvement and quality efforts for the company.
Prior to joining Omaha Steaks nearly five years ago, he held leadership roles at Gordmans Stores and Kohl’s. He’s a graduate of Ball State University and received an MBA from University of Phoenix.
“I’m excited to see the company continue to grow into the next century under this new leadership,” Simon said.
Founded in 1917, Omaha Steaks is a fifth-generation, family-owned company that markets and distributes a wide variety of USDA-approved, grain-fed beef and other gourmet foods including seafood, pork, poultry, slow cooker and skillet meals, side dishes, appetizers and desserts.