John Saunders
Chairman of the Board

Saunders has been president and CEO of IMI Global since founding the Company in 1995. He previously was a partner with Pathfinder Consulting Services, Inc., a strategic planning and management consulting firm. An expert in both technology and the livestock industry, Saunders is a graduate of Yale University with B.S. degree in Environmental Studies and a B.A. degree in History.

Leann Saunders

Leann Saunders is the President of IMI Global, Inc. where she works closely with our investors, customers and employees to continuously improve our Verification offerings. Prior to joining IMI, Leann worked for PM Beef Holdings' developing their retained ownership supply system, and McDonald's Corporation as a Purchasing Specialist, and Hudson Foods Corporation. An alumna of Colorado State University, Leann graduated magna cum laude with a B.S. in Agriculture Business and a Masters in Beef Industry Leadership. She is also actively involved with her family's ranching and stocker operations and is part owner of the Mayfield Heritage Cattle Company in Animas, New Mexico. Leann is also an active member of the USMEF Board of Directors and International Stockman's Education Foundation Board, where she was responsible for chairing the International Livestock Congress in 2005 on "Identification, Traceability and Verification Around the World".

Dr. Gary Smith, Ph. D.

Dr. Smith is one of the world’s leading meat scientists. Since 1990 he has been a professor in the Department of Animal Science at Colorado State University. He has also taught at Washington State University, Texas A&M University and FSIS-USDA National Meat Inspection Training Center. Dr. Smith holds a Ph.D. in Meat Science and Muscle Biology from Texas A&M.

Adam Larson

Larson has been involved in cattle feeding, ranching and financing since 1991. He is the managing member of Timpas Creek Finance LLC and manages cattle financing for Apishapa Ranch LLC and eight affiliated feedyards in Colorado, Kansas and South Dakota. Larson holds a B.S. degree in Business-Finance from the University of Colorado.

Pete Lapaseotes

Pete Lapaseotes co-manages the Lapaseotes family farm and feeding operations in Bridgeport, Nebraska. The business includes a cow calf operation, a grass cattle operation and a finish feed yard. Lapaseotes is also a partner in five John Deere dealerships and 11 The Mercantile Farm, Ranch & Home retail stores. He is a member of the board of directors of Valley Bank and Trust.

Robert Van Schoick II

Robert Van Schoick II is president of Med-Pharmex Animal Health. His previous experience includes 28 years in sales and marketing with pharmaceutical giant Merck & Co., where he served for nine years with Merial, Merck’s world leading animal health joint venture. He holds BA and MA degrees from Austin College and a BS in Animal Science from Texas A&M.

Tom Heinen

Tom Heinen is a co-president of Heinen's Fine Food Stores (Heinen's). Heinen's specializes in offering the freshest, highest quality foods while providing world-class service in seventeen neighborhood locations serving various communities throughout Northeast Ohio. Since 1994, Mr. Heinen has managed the labor relations, central manufacturing, and the overall strategic direction for the meat, foodservice and bakery areas of Heinen's. Prior to that, Mr. Heinen began working with Heinen’s in 1978 in the prepared food departments and eventually became the company’s first baker. He pioneered Heinen's efforts to develop an in-store bakery program, then designed and deployed the service deli program in all of the Heinen's stores. Mr. Heinen graduated from Bucknell University in 1977 with a B.S.B.A. in Business Management. He also serves as a board member of The Boys and Girls Club of Cleveland.

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