Chad Randick, President
Chad’s career spans over 21+ years with Hormel Foods. He began his career in 1994 as a Cost Accountant at the Fremont, Nebraska plant. He progressed through various accounting and credit positions and then became the Manager of Accounts Payable and Payroll at Jennie-O Turkey Store Corporate Office in Willmar, MN in 1996 and then General Accounting Manager in 1997. He transitioned to Jennie-O Turkey Store foodservice sales the following year, starting as a Regional Sales Manager then advancing to a Division Director in 2006. In 2012, Chad became the Director of Foodservice and Distribution for Jennie-O Turkey Store. In 2013, he advanced to Vice President of Foodservice Sales and Marketing for Jennie-O Turkey Store. He assumed his current role as President of Burke Corporation in Nevada, IA in 2015. Chad is a graduate of Illinois Wesleyan University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Managerial Accounting.
David J. Weber, Senior Vice President Operations
Dave joined Burke Corporation in 1994 as vice president of operations. Previously, he had held a variety of management positions with other value-added processors, including Jerome Foods/Jennie-O Turkey Store, Brakebush Brothers and Johnsonville Sausage. Dave is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wisc., with a degree in food science.
Thomas R. Burke, CPM, Vice President Purchasing
Tom is one of Burke Corporation’s senior employees, having worked in a variety of roles in the family business since 1976. In his current role, he is responsible for all areas of purchasing and supplier certification. He holds a degree in business administration and is a registered Certified Purchasing Manager with the National Association of Purchasing Managers Inc.
Douglas B. Cooprider, Vice President Sales & Marketing
Doug joined the Burke Corporation team in 1990 and has responsibility for all aspects of sales and marketing. He has broad experience in the pizza industry, working in a variety of sales and sales management roles. Doug is a graduate of Wichita State University.
Casey B. Frye, Ph.D., Vice President Research & Development
Dr. Frye re-joined Burke Corporation in 1991 in his present capacity, managing all components of research and development. He holds a Ph.D. from Iowa State University in meat science and prior to Burke he was on Kansas State University’s meat science faculty. He has held several leadership positions with the American Meat Science Association.
Amanda L. Lockhart, Director, Quality Assurance & Technical Services
Amanda joined Burke Corporation in 2013 and has more than 10 years of experience in food safety, sanitation & quality systems within the Hormel Foods enterprise. She is involved in meeting our superior food safety and product quality initiatives, maintaining technical services objectives, investigating consumer complaints, assisting our operations team and supporting our sales and marketing teams. Amanda is a graduate of Kansas State University with a degree in Animal Sciences & Industry.
Mike Dougherty, Sr. Director, Industrial Sales & Marketing
Mike joined Burke Corporation in 2012 as a National Account Sales Manager. He became Director, Industrial Sales in 2015, coordinating sales efforts to customers who use Burke products as ingredients for further manufacturing. Mike has over 25 years of experience in the food industry, holding various sales and management positions with manufacturers including The Kroger Company, Drayton Foods, and The Schwan Food Company. Mike is a graduate of James Madison University, with a degree in Business Administration.
William J. Burke Sr., Founder
Burke Corporation was founded by Bill Burke Sr. After working for Patrick Cudahy and Dubuque Packing companies, he was introduced to the pizza industry when he joined Pronto Foods, a frozen pizza manufacturer in Ames, Iowa. Under Mr. Burke’s leadership, the company shifted direction and began to produce fully cooked custom pizza toppings. While Mr. Burke is no longer with us, Burke Corporation continues to operate under his philosophy – give the customer what they want, when they want it, every time.