Brett Kaysen, Ph. D
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Brett L. Kaysen, Ph.D., is the Vice President of Sustainability for the National Pork Board. He leads the organization-wide effort to establish pork as the responsible protein of choice. He works to strengthen food chain and consumer understanding of pork production practices by developing research-based communication strategies that engage and influence key decision makers.
Prior to this role Brett was the Western Regional Business Director for the U.S. Pork Business at Zoetis, Dr. Kaysen lead a team of 11 sales professionals who served pork producers and swine veterinarians with their animal health needs. While at Zoetis, he also was a Dairy Production Specialist, helping dairy producers apply data and genomics to improve health and profitability on their dairies in Colorado and Kansas.
Before joining Zoetis, Dr. Kaysen was a key member of the Animal Sciences department at Colorado State University (CSU) in Fort Collins. There, he spent five years as Interim Undergraduate Teaching Coordinator and 13 years in various instructor positions; in 2012, he was selected to receive the Best Teacher Award given by the CSU Alumni Association.
Dr. Kaysen believes strongly in youth leadership development, and has served on the National Junior Swine Association as Youth Advisory Board Chairman. In addition, during his time at Colorado State University, he coached the livestock judging team for six years and also spent two years as Youth Extension Specialist where he developed numerous 4-H livestock materials and programs to further strengthen Colorado’s agricultural youth programs. In 2016, he was inducted into the Colorado 4-H Hall of Fame.
Dr. Kaysen earned his degrees from Colorado State University. He holds a B.A. in Animal Science, an M.A. in Agricultural Extension Education, and a Ph.D. in Animal Sciences, Management Systems. He resides in Iowa, where he, his wife, and their two daughters raise pigs which they enjoy showing locally and nationally.
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Chris Jones is the director of marketing promotions and partnerships for the National Pork Board, headquartered in Clive, Iowa. In this role, Jones is responsible for developing strategies to turn market insights into action on behalf of the Pork Checkoff. He facilitates collaboration among colleagues and stakeholders to identify and prioritize industry needs, including global and domestic issues, that will influence the U.S. Pork Industry and consumer attitudinal and behavioral patterns. Additionally, he builds and implements programs that fit within the strategic goals and objectives of the National Pork Board.
Before joining the National Pork Board in 2019, Jones worked for Weston Foods as the director of strategic initiatives as well as the general manager of donut category development and the director of marketing. Prior to Weston Foods, Jones also served as a business unit leader and consumer insights director for the Heartland Food Products Group.
Jones graduated from Colorado State University in 2011 with an MBA and from Wheaton College in 1999 with a BS in Mathematics and Intercultural Education.
Originally from Pennsylvania, Jones now resides in Indiana with his wife Alison. Together they have two children, Nealon and Anneliese.
As Chief ReThinker and Founder of ReThink Consulting Group, Phillip Anderson asks new and different questions about relationships, conversations, and solutions. He helps individuals and organizations spend more time Doing Outside the Box.
Raised on a grain and livestock farm near Frankfort, Indiana, Anderson served 23 years as the chief staff officer for four different non-profit agricultural and community development organizations in Indiana – Indiana Beef Cattle Association, Indiana Veal Association, Indiana Corn Growers Association, and the Indiana Rural Development Council. He leveraged his experience and launched ReThink Consulting to serve organizations and communities. He works on numerous projects in community development, food and agriculture, cultural tourism, and servant leadership.
In addition, Phil is a consultant to the Robert K. Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership. He designs and presents servant leadership training programs to a wide range of clients – businesses, healthcare, non-profits, governments, universities, youth organizations – large and small.
Anderson is also an adjunct professor at IUPUI (Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis) teaching cultural heritage tourism. In this role, he draws upon his international travels to Asia, South America, and Europe, as well as his 37-year journey visiting every one of Indiana’s 2,230 cities, towns, and villages.
He has held numerous leadership roles on boards serving government, industry, universities, and non-profits. Two Indiana governors recognized him for his efforts in serving Indiana agriculture as he was named a Sagamore of the Wabash (the state’s highest honor) and a Distinguished Hoosier. In 2003, he became the youngest recipient of the Purdue Agricultural Alumni Association’s Certificate of Distinction, its highest honor. He has also been honored for his service and leadership in land use, cultural heritage tourism, and Rotary International.
Anderson is a graduate of Purdue University’s College of Agriculture in sales and marketing. He is also a Class 2 graduate of the Indiana Agricultural Leadership Program, presented by the AgrIInstitute, and later served as its chairman.
Phil, and his late wife Beth, have two married daughters and lives in Carmel, Indiana.
Dr. Jeremy Pittman
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Dr. Jeremy S Pittman is a staff veterinarian for Smithfield Hog Production – North Region, which manages 140,000 sows farrow-to-finish in Northeastern North Carolina and Virginia. Dr. Pittman also serves on Smithfield’s science and technology committee, which uses a science based approach to improve production, health and business performance throughout its operations worldwide.
Dr. Pittman graduated from North Carolina State University (NCSU) in 2000 with degrees in Zoology and Animal Science, and minors in Nutrition and Genetics. In 2004, he received his DVM from NCSU and started his career with Smithfield. Dr. Pittman received a Master’s degree in Veterinary Preventative Medicine from Iowa State University in 2014. Dr. Pittman is a Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (Swine Health Management) and serves as adjunct faculty at the NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Pittman also serves on the Board of Directors for the Swine Health Information Center (SHIC) and the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC).
In 2011, Dr. Pittman was named one of Pfizer’s Top 10 Under 40 swine veterinarians. Dr. Pittman was awarded a co-recipient of the 2011 AASV Alex Hogg Scholarship, which he used to complete his Master’s degree. Dr Pittman received the 2015 Allen D Leman Science in Practice Award from the University of Minnesota. Dr. Pittman received the Science with Practice Award from Iowa State University in 2016. Dr. Pittman completed the Executive Veterinary Program at the University of Illinois in 2016.
In 2012, Dr. Pittman received the NC State College of Veterinary Medicine Ben Harrington Food Animal Student Mentorship Award.
In 2014 Dr. Pittman was given the Virginia Pork Industry Service Award.
In 2017, Dr. Pittman was recognized as one of the NC State College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Outstanding Young Alumni.
Dr. Pittman is also an Eagle Scout (1992).