Well-known news anchor and reporter Bill Kurtis will once again be the keynote speaker for the Meat Industry Hall of Fame induction ceremony and dinner on Nov. 3 at the Drake Hotel in Chicago.
Kurtis worked for the award-winning program CBS Reports and has co-hosted CBS Morning News before starting his own production company and making a number of programs for the A&E Television Network. About a decade ago, he started Tallgrass Beef in the Flint Hills of his home state of Kansas, raising grass fed cattle and supplying meat to some of the top restaurants and supermarkets across the U.S.
This year is the third keynote address for Kurtis and is becoming a Hall of Fame tradition. Past speakers have included Rosemary Mucklow, Director Emeritus of the North American Meat Association and Temple Grandin, a member of the Hall of Fame Inaugural Class of 2009 and well-known animal behavior consultant to the livestock industry.
New inductees this year are Barry Carpenter, CEO of the North American Meat Association; Michael E. Dikeman, professor of meat science at Kansas State University; Sheldon Lavin, chairman and CEO of OSI Group, a global supplier of top quality meat products for many of the world's leading foodservice and retail brands; Tom Pierson, professor emeritus at Michigan State University; James Reagan, retired vice president of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association management center and an expert on beef quality and cattle genomics and Roger Reiser, president of Reiser, a leading food industry equipment manufacturer, and a strong proponent of advancing product quality and value through leading-edge technologies in processing and packaging.
A Reception, co-hosted by the North American Meat Association and the Meat Importers Council of America, will begin at 5:30 pm. The Induction Ceremony and Dinner will begin at 6:30. Tickets are available from the Meat Industry Hall of Fame.
For more information about the event or how your company can help support the Hall, contact Chuck Jolley at [email protected] or 913-205-3791.