Kelly Hattan, president of Daily's Premium Meats, dies

by Bob Sims
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Kelly Hattan had been the president of Daily's Premium Meats since 2014.
MERRIAM, Kan. – St. Joseph, Missouri-based Daily’s Premium Meats announced with sadness the passing of company president Kelly Hattan in Chicago, on Sept. 20. Hattan was 50. Funeral arrangements are pending.

Hattan became president of Daily’s in 2014 following Seaboard Foods’ sale of 50 percent ownership of the company to Triumph Foods.

“With great sadness, we share the news of Kelly’s untimely death. He was a vibrant, passionate man dedicated to Daily’s and its employees and customers,” said Terry Holton, president and CEO of Seaboard Foods. “He will be greatly missed, and our heartfelt condolences go out to his family and friends.”

Daily’s experienced significant sales and production growth under Hattan’s leadership including the construction and opening of a new bacon processing plant located in St. Joseph in 2016.

In 2007, Hattan joined Seaboard Foods as vice president of sales for Daily’s. He later became vice president of processed meats for Seaboard to strategically align the processed meats division for continued growth.

Hattan served as the director of sales for Tyson Foods from 2002 to 2006, spending time in both Chicago and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, before joining Seaboard. From 1998 to 2001 he served as the regional manager at Doskocil where he was named the company’s Sales Manager of the Year in 2001.  

From 1990 to 1998, Hattan was an account executive for Hormel in Nashville, Tennessee and territory manager in eastern Pennsylvania, covering the Philadelphia and Harrisburg markets. He was a four-time recipient of the Hormel Chairman’s Inner Circle Award for elite sales performance.

Hattan loved the Green Bay Packers and began his work in the food industry at 18 managing the restaurant at The Shoreline Resort in Gills Rock, Wisconsin.

In 1990, Hattan graduated magna cum laude from the Univ. of Wisconsin-Stout with a bachelor’s degree in Hotel & Restaurant Management. As a senior, he was recognized with a Salute to Excellence Award, presented annually by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) to the top two students in each accredited Hotel and Restaurant Management program nationally.

Daily’s Premium Meats, under Hattan’s leadership, sponsored NRAEF student programming because of the support the NRAEF provided to in the development his food industry career.

A native of the Chicago suburb, Yorkville, Illinois, Hattan resided in Overland Park, Kansas, and is survived by his wife, Lori, and two daughters, Emily and Abby.   

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By Tom Kennedy 9/23/2017 9:17:59 AM
Joined Kelly for his last Green Bay Packer Game in Green Bay. He was powerfully alive that day enjoying the Packer Game and then Dancing and singing to live rock music for hours. An ethical Man with a huge heart and intense passion for everything he cared about. I will miss him and always treasure his friendship.

By Litara Leilani Esera Luavai 9/22/2017 4:55:29 PM
Great personality, great things is coming from great and honest person. Thanks for a wonderful years of your service.

By Linda Mills 9/22/2017 1:30:21 PM
Truly sad.

By Susan Mead 9/22/2017 10:18:18 AM
A sad day for all who knew him. Prayers and peace go out to his family.

By Andy Larsen 9/21/2017 11:46:01 PM
I don't think I can remember working with a more positive and upbeat person than Kelly. He will be missed greatly.

By Lori Hall 9/21/2017 10:42:18 PM
Still Can't believe this year was such a good guy I have known him through the business for 20 years and he was always so happy and positive and willing to help others rest in peace my friend prayers to his wife and beautiful daughters

By Julie Shafto 9/21/2017 8:35:33 PM
I had the pleasure of working with him at Daily's Premium Meats. He was always willing to let me purchase the IT equipment needed to support the office personnel and production environment. He was always so good spirited and positive. He will be greatly missed. My condolences to his family and loved ones.

By Samantha Ames 9/21/2017 2:15:15 PM
Beautiful article for a great human being! We will all miss his smile and honesty.

By Ken Feese 9/21/2017 1:08:55 PM
Had the pleasure of meeting him in 1991 when he became our sales rep. At Sunbury Meats in central pa . He helped me get started in my sales career . Thank you Kelly