Company Management



Mike Thoren
Mike Thoren
Chief Executive Officer

Mike Thoren has served as the President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Five Rivers since the Company’s inception.  From 2003 until 2005, Mike was the President and CEO of ContiBeef LLC, a former wholly owned subsidiary of Continental Grain Company.  Mike began his career with the Cattle Feeding Division of Continental Grain Company in 1991 and worked his way up through the Company as feedyard General Manager, Director of Feedlot Operations, Vice President of Operations, and CEO.  Mike received his Master of Science in Agricultural Economics and Bachelor of Science in Agribusiness from Washington State University.  Mike is active in a number of local and national industry groups.
Jerri Lynn Magana
Jerri Lynn Magana
Chief Financial Officer

Jerri Lynn has served as the Senior Financial Officer for the Company since August 2009.  Jerri Lynn began her career as the Accounting Manager at Colorado Beef in June 2005 and has served as Manager of Finance and Corporate Controller.  In 2005, Jerri Lynn became a Certified Public Accountant.  Jerri Lynn received her Master of Business Administration and Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Colorado State University.
John Foley
John Foley
Vice President, Operations and Chief Operating Officer

John Foley has served as Vice President and Chief Operating Officer (COO) since October 2013.  John’s entire career has been with the cattle feeding industry, starting out with Continental Grain in 1996.  Here he served in various roles starting as a Management Trainee and the most recent past nine years as General Manager of two of the companies southern feedlots.  John received a Master of Business Administration from Purdue University and a Bachelor of Science in Range Management from Texas Tech University.
Russ Danner
Russ Danner
Vice President, Information Technology

Russ Danner has been Vice President – Information Technology of Five Rivers since October 2006.  Russ began his career in 1990 as a Systems Analyst/Programmer for the Animal Feed Division of Continental Grain Company (CGC).  Later that year, Russ was transferred to Swine Marketing Services of the world meat group as an Analyst/Programmer.  In 1994, Russ was again transferred to the Cattle Feeding Division (later to become ContiBeef LLC) of CGC as a Staff Specialist.  From there, he went to work at ContiBeef's headquarters where he held positions as Manager – MIS and Director – Information Technology (through the Company's inception in May 2005 and until October 2006).  Russ received a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Central Michigan University.
Tom McDonald
Tom McDonald
Vice President, Environmental Affairs

Tom McDonald has been Vice President – Environmental Affairs of Five Rivers since October 2006.  Tom began his career with the Cattle Feeding Division of Continental Grain Company in 1995 as the Manager of Human Resources (Dalhart, Texas), and later that year, added environmental affairs to his responsibilities.  He has held positions as Manager – Environmental Affairs, Senior Manager – Environmental Affairs, and Director – Environmental Affairs (through the Company's inception in May 2005 and until October 2006).  Tom received a Master of Science in Beef Cattle Production and Management from University of Tennessee and a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science from West Texas State University.
Donna Hendren
Donna Hendren
Vice President, Human Resources

Donna has served as the Senior Human Resource Officer since 2006.  Starting out with Monfort of Colorado in 1976, Donna’s entire 40+ year career with the Company has been in management of HR with the meat packing division and then our cattle feeding company. Donna received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Northern Colorado in Mass Media Communications with an emphasis in Journalism.
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