DENVER – The U.S. Meat Export Federation (U.S.M.E.F.) said it has realigned its staffing resources to address the challenges and needs of the organization and its members. This structure will enable U.S.M.E.F. to achieve its export mission in a significantly more competitive and demanding trade environment and provide enhanced services to association members and the international marketplace.

Dan Halstrom, former senior vice president for international sales for JBS USA, has also joined U.S.M.E.F. as senior vice president for marketing and communications, said Philip Seng, U.S.M.E.F. president and chief executive officer.

"The opportunity we have to add a knowledgeable industry leader with 26 years of international multi-species experience like Dan Halstrom also presented the opportunity to realign our staff to maximize our skills and the benefits we can offer to our membership," he added.

Mr. Halstrom’s entire career has involved the international sale of U.S. pork and beef. He served in similar roles with JBS, Swift & Company, ConAgra Foods and Monfort of Colorado after beginning his career with Swift Independent Packing Company.

U.S.M.E.F.’s core functions have been realigned into three primary centers:

  • The Center for Exporter Services will focus on trade facilitation and enhancing the ability of exporters to sell more product internationally in an open and trouble-free environment. Thad Lively will oversee this group with Paul Clayton continuing in his role as senior vice president focused on resolving technical issues.
  • The Center for Marketing and Communications under Mr. Halstrom will focus on international market development and U.S.M.E.F.’s membership.
  • The Center for Operations under Janel Domurat encompasses the operational functions that are essential for managing the organization, including accounting, administration and human resources for Denver and the international organization.

"This new structure will more effectively distribute management responsibility and accountability throughout the organization," Mr. Seng said. "Support for the reorganization from the U.S.M.E.F. executive committee has been strong from the outset."