Throughout his career, Chris has focused on building trusted relationships while finding and proving new technologies to better feed the world. He has nearly 30 years of experience at the forefront of innovation in the meat industry and held leadership positions at Oscar Mayer, Johnsonville Sausage, and ConAgra Foods. Chris also founded Salm Partners, a co-pack manufacturer of ready-to-eat sausages and hot dogs that focuses on implementing new technologies in the packaged foods industry.
Chris holds a B.S. in meat and animal sciences at University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW-Madison) and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Purdue University. Over the past 8 years, Chris has served as chairman of two advisory boards for the Dean of the College of Agriculture at UW Madison, and is currently on the UW-Madison College of Agriculture Board of Visitors. Chris is a 2016 UW Entrepreneurial Achievement Award recipient.
He has been married for over 40 years to Susan, also a UW-Madison and Purdue graduate. Their family includes their three children, their spouses, and five grandsons. Chris and Susan serve in several capacities in their church and other community organizations.