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Company Management

Mike Thoren

Mike Thoren, President and 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.


John Foley

John Foley, Vice President Operations and COO

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.




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