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U. S. Premium Beef, Llc  (USPB)
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U. S. Premium Beef, Llc

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Mark R. Gardiner. Mr. Gardiner is President of Gardiner Angus Ranch, Inc. (GAR), a family owned purebred and commercial Angus operation headquartered at Ashland, Kansas, with 10 seedstock satellite cowherds across the United States and Australia. Mr. Gardiner has been involved with the management of GAR since 1983. GAR markets over 2,000 bulls and 700 females per year to both commercial and seedstock beef producers throughout the United States. GAR also runs an embryo transfer program that makes more than 3,500 transfers per year, including more than 60% of GAR’s 1,500-plus head of registered Angus calves born each year. A percentage of its calves are finished at commercial feedlots to provide carcass data on all Gardiner sires. In addition to a native range program, GAR operates a significant dryland farming enterprise. Mr. Gardiner is a member of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, Kansas Livestock Association, American Angus Association, Kansas Angus Association and the Beef Improvement Federation. He also serves on the Board of Irsik & Doll Company, a privately held company primarily involved in cattle feeding, grain and feed merchandising. Mr. Gardiner has served as a member of the Company’s Board of Directors since 1996. He was elected Secretary/Treasurer of the Company’s Board in 2003, Vice Chairman of the Board in 2004 and Chairman of the Board in 2006. Mr. Gardiner holds a Bachelor’s degree from Kansas State University in Animal Sciences and Industry. As a member of USPB’s board of directors, Mr. Gardiner and the entities he is associated with that deliver cattle to USPB are considered affiliates of USPB.

Duane K. Ramsey. Mr. Ramsey is Chairman of Security Bancshares Inc., a $450 million multi-bank holding company. In addition, he has held an ownership interest in a commercial feedlot in southwest Kansas and a cow calf operation. He has spent over 50 years in banking in Scott County, KS, and was involved in the organization and development of USPB as a founding stockholder through his feedlot and in financing numerous USPB stockholders. Mr. Ramsey is familiar with accounting, finance, audit, risk management and compensation matters. He holds a degree in Agricultural Economics from Kansas State University. He also graduated from the Graduate School of Banking, Boulder, CO. Mr. Ramsey has served as a member of the Company’s board since 2006. Mr. Ramsey also serves as a director of three banks, one of which he has been a director of for more than 40 years. As a member of USPB’s board of directors, Mr. Ramsey is considered an affiliate of USPB.

Joe M. Morgan. Mr. Morgan has been managing commercial feed yards since 1983. He has been Manager of Poky Feeders since 1985 and part owner since 1987. Mr. Morgan has been involved with employee issues and the growth of Poky Feeders (starting with a capacity of 17,000 head to today of over 80,000 head), plus ranches in seven states. Mr. Morgan has had responsibility for all banking of Poky Feeders for over 30 years and has responsibility for risk management of all feeding entities. He also has farming interests in Iowa and is a member of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and the Kansas Livestock Association. Mr. Morgan holds a Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science from Iowa State University. Mr. Morgan has served as a member of the Company’s board since 2007 and as a Nominating Committee member prior to 2007. As a member of USPB’s board of directors, Mr. Morgan and the entities he is associated with that deliver cattle to USPB are considered affiliates of USPB.

Jerry L. Bohn. Mr. Bohn has served as the General Manager of Pratt Feeders since 1982. Pratt Feeders has a one-time capacity of 85,000 head in three feedlots in Kansas and Oklahoma. In this capacity he oversees more than 85 employees. Mr. Bohn also owns and manages a 2,000 to 3,000 head cattle operation which includes grazing and finishing cattle. Throughout Mr. Bohn has over 40 years of agricultural business management experience, he has worked with complex banking and financial data and is required to make decisions involving several hundred thousand dollars, on a daily basis. Mr. Bohn previously was employed as Director of Market Analysis for Cattle-Fax, an industry market analysis firm. Mr. Bohn has served as president of the Kansas Livestock Association. He has been a Board member of the Kansas Beef Council, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) and Feeders Advantage, a private animal health product distribution company. Mr. Bohn has also served on the NCBA’s Executive Committee and as chairman of NCBA’s Live Cattle Marketing. Mr. Bohn served on USPB’s Board from 2004 through 2007 and was reelected in 2009. He was elected Secretary of USPB’s Board in 2006. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Animal Sciences and Industry from Kansas State University. As a member of USPB’s board of directors, Mr. Bohn and the entities he is associated with that deliver cattle to USPB are considered affiliates of USPB.

John M. Freund. Mr. Freund has been actively involved in his family’s cattle feeding operation in Southwest Iowa since 1985 and has been president since 2005. In addition to the feeding operation, the business also includes feed grain production and has ownership in stockers, feedlot production and a ranch in other Midwest states. He has been a member of USPB since its inception and was a member of the company’s Nominating Committee since from 2011 to 2015. As a member of USPB’s board of directors, Mr. Freund and the entities he is associated with that deliver cattle to USPB are considered affiliates of USPB.

Rex W. McCloy. Mr. McCloy has over 34 years of experience in the cattle business and is manager and part-owner of McLeod Farms Inc., a family-owned business involved in farming and ranching in the Texas Panhandle. Mr. McCloy is a member of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, the Texas Cattle Feeder's Association (TCFA) and the Texas Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association. He is a past Board member and marketing committee chairman of TCFA. In addition, he is a former member of U.S. Premium Beef’s Nominating Committee. Mr. McCloy holds a Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Economics from Texas Tech University. Mr. McCloy has served as a member of the Company’s board since 2005. Mr. McCloy is a former board member of the Hutchinson County Hospital District and is presently on the Board of Managers at Adobe Walls Cotton Gin. As a member of USPB’s board of directors, Mr. McCloy and the entities he is associated with that deliver cattle to USPB are considered affiliates of USPB.

Jeff H. Sternberger. Mr. Sternberger is the manager and part owner of Midwest Feeders, Inc. Mr. Sternberger has been the manager of Midwest Feeders, Inc. since 1992 and has overseen large growth in his company and directed the acquisition of other business to add to their holdings. Mr. Sternberger has been the direct contact during that time frame for all banking and accounting relationships. He also owns and operates a farming and cattle operation in Oklahoma as well as a personal cattle feeding operation. He serves as a director of Midwest Feeders, Inc., CRI Feeders of Guymon LLC, and Brookover Cattle Co. of Scott City LLC. Mr. Sternberger holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agricultural Economics from Oklahoma State University. As a member of USPB’s board of directors, Mr. Sternberger and the entities he is associated with that deliver cattle to USPB are considered affiliates of USPB.

Stanley D. Linville. Mr. Linville has served as the Company’s Chief Executive Officer since January 28, 2013. Prior to this appointment, he served as the Company’s Chief Operating Officer, a position he held since joining the Company in 1997. As CEO, Mr. Linville continues to oversee cattle scheduling and technical operations. Before joining U.S. Premium Beef, he operated a family farming operation near Holcomb, Kansas. He also worked in the cattle division of Brookover Enterprises at Garden City, Kansas, and as a grain merchandiser for Bartlett Grain Co. in Kansas City. Mr. Linville holds a Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Economics from Kansas State University.

Scott J. Miller. Mr. Miller has served as the Company’s Chief Financial Officer since January 2010. Prior to this appointment, he served as the Company’s Chief Reporting and Compliance Officer, a position he held since joining the Company in 2005. He oversees the finance and treasury functions and is directly responsible for financial reporting, tax reporting, and ensuring compliance with internal policies and regulatory requirements. Before joining U.S. Premium Beef, he worked as the Manager, Capital Markets for Sprint Corporation from 2001 to 2005 and, prior to that, in various finance and accounting positions with Farmland Industries, Inc. Mr. Miller earned a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Benedictine College and an MBA with an emphasis in Finance from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He has passed the Certified Public Accounting exam and the Certified Cash Managers exam.

Danielle D. Imel. Ms. Imel is the Company’s Treasurer and joined the Company in 1998. She oversees the Company’s finance functions and is directly responsible for Company treasury activities. She was employed by the CPA firm of Kennedy, McKee and Co., LLC of Dodge City, Kansas, prior to joining USPB. Ms. Imel earned a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and a second Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Economics from Kansas State University.

   

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