John N. Simons, Jr. has been our Chief Executive Officer and a member of our board of directors since October 2013. Mr. Simons also served as our President from October 2013 to November 2016. Prior to joining us, Mr. Simons led Fir Hill Ventures, LLC, a consulting firm founded by Mr. Simons that advises beef industry participants on developing domestic and international growth strategies, from December 2010 to October 2013. Prior to his leadership at Fir Hill Ventures, Mr. Simons served in a variety of leadership roles in agribusiness, food and consumer products at Gregory Mountain Products, Swift & Company, Inc., ConAgra Foods, Inc. and Cargill, Inc. Mr. Simons was President and Chief Executive Officer of Gregory Mountain Products from 2006 to 2009, President and Chief Executive Officer of Swift & Company, Inc. from 2002 to 2005 and President and Chief Operating Officer of ConAgra Foods' red meat division from 1999 to 2002. Prior to joining ConAgra Foods, Mr. Simons held a variety of general manager roles at Cargill, Inc. in the United States, Canada and Australia from 1991 to 1999. Mr. Simons previously served on the board of LiveNation Entertainment, Inc. from 2005 to 2007, where he chaired the compensation committee and served on its audit committee. Mr. Simons holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Political Science from Stanford University and a Master of Business Administration from Harvard University.