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.
Tracy Brown, Vice President, Operations
Tracy is a graduate of Coon Rapids High School and served in the United States Navy. Tracy’s career with Hormel Foods Corporation started in 2007 at the Austin, MN plant as a Night Supervisor. He held various positions in Austin until 2011 when he assumed the role of Night Superintendent in Tucker, GA. Tracy moved on as Superintendent of Grocery Products in 2015, when he assumed the role of Product Manufacturing Manager for Grocery Products – Core Brands. Tracy assumed his current role, Vice President of Operations at Burke Corporation in 2017.
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.
Mike Dougherty, Vice President, 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.
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.
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.