Nolan Ryan's Beef appoints v.p. of operations

by Bryan Salvage
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HUNTSVILLE, TEXAS — Gregory E. Smith has been named vice-president of operations for Nolan Ryan’s All-Natural Beef and will report to Charlie Bradbury, chief executive officer.

Offering a full line of premium beef products including sausage and frozen items, the company is owned by baseball legend Nolan Ryan and fellow ranchers.

Mr. Smith is responsible for retail supply chain operations. This includes securing supply of raw materials, procurement and inventory of raw materials and products, coordinating with co-packers and other supply partners and leading quality control and food safety programs.

“We are very fortunate to have Greg in this crucial role,” Mr. Ryan said. “He will work with suppliers to make sure our products meet and exceed our customers’ expectations for consistency and quality. We’re going to depend on Greg’s retail expertise to build our customer base and help us in our ongoing commitment to premium quality products and service.”

Mr. Smith has more than 25 years of experience in meat marketing with a broad range of experience in sales, management and operations for retail and distribution. Most recently he served as business development manager – Meat for H-E-B-’s Central Market division and held positions with Fleming, American Foods Group and Tom Thumb. He is a graduate of Purdue University and has training from Cornell University.

“Greg’s extensive background enables him to easily understand clients' needs and build relationships. We knew right away he was a perfect fit for this position,” Mr. Bradbury said.

Nolan Ryan’s All-Natural Beef, which markets Nolan Ryan’s Guaranteed Tender and Nolan Ryan’s Premium Reserve lines of beef, is an operation of Beefmaster Cattlemen.
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