Danny Harris, Sr. – Chairman
Danny started his career in the meat industry with John Morrell & Company. After working in the manufacturing side of the business while attending Memphis State University, he was promoted to sales and remained there until 1980, when he started Empire Meat Brokerage. In 1988, Empire acquired Empire Packing Company, also known as Ledbetter Foods. He became the Co-Chairman of Empire Marketing Strategies in 2014. In his current role, Danny oversees all meat plant operations of the Company.
Paul Towle – President
After graduating from Valdosta State University, Paul began his career in the perishable business working in sales with Oscar Mayer Foods Corporation. After 14 years at Oscar Mayer, he worked six years in sales and management for the Sara Lee Meat Group. He joined Empire in 2003 as the President of its Corporate Brand Division. In 2009, he was named President of the Company, and today leads the Company’s perishable brokerage operations for Meat, Seafood, Deli-Bakery-Cheese and Produce.
Michael Marek – Chief Financial and Administrative Officer
Mike started his professional career at J.P. Morgan after completing his B.A in Economics from Swarthmore College. His initial assignments focused on risk management and control, during which time he earned an M.B.A. in Finance and Accounting from New York University’s Stern School of Business. Mike joined J.P. Morgan’s Financial Institutions team, providing advisory, capital raising and risk management services to clients while in New York and London. Mike joined Empire to provide leadership in Finance, Human Resources and Technology, while supporting business development, retail store support and merchandising efforts.
Brent Beerens – President, Empire Corporate Brands
Brent has over 20 years in the perishable industry working with both retailers and suppliers. A graduate of Hope College, he worked with Sara Lee for 16 years in various roles, including managing retail teams, directing the national trade strategy and heading up a key national account team. He joined Empire in 2009 and oversees Empire’s Corporate Brands Division, which is responsible for the Company’s private label perishable business.
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