Mike Helgeson became CEO in 1993, following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather before him. His retirement culminates a career that began at the age of 10, when he first started working in the family business. He became involved in the business full-time in 1974, and spent his first two years in Indonesia, researching and developing a broiler operation from the ground up. After that, he worked in nearly every area of the company. He was Project Manager in the broiler division, Purchasing/Elevator Manager in the feed and grain division, Human Resources Manager at the company’s Cold Spring Processing Plant, Research and New Products Manager in the sales and marketing departments, President of the North Bay Fish Company, and a member of the executive committee before becoming CEO. He's always believed in the value of "learning by doing" to round-out formal education. Mike holds a Bachelor of Science in Business from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN and Master of Business Administration from the University of St. Thomas.
Steve Jurek joined the GNP Company (then called Gold’n Plump Poultry) in January 1977. He worked with teams throughout the company and held the positions of Controller in 1981; and Vice President of Finance and Administration, Chief Financial Officer, and Secretary/Treasurer starting in 1988. In 1997, Jurek was appointed to his current position of Executive Vice President of Operations and Administration. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Metropolitan State University, St. Paul, MN and a Masters of Business Administration with a Finance emphasis from the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN. Jurek is a Certified Management Accountant and board member of the Midwest Poultry Consortium, Minnesota Center for Fiscal Excellence, and Boy Scouts of America. He began his career in accounting at Fingerhut Corporation, Minnetonka, MN.
Tim Wensman started his career at Armour Food Company where he worked as part of the management team at the company’s Cold Spring Processing Plant. He first joined the GNP Company (then Gold’n Plump Poultry) in 1981. From there, he became Vice President of Operations in 1984, Vice President of Corporate Development in 1989, and Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing in 1991. He assumed his current role as Executive Vice President of Customer Processes (which includes sales, marketing and supply planning) in 1997. Tim holds a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from St. John's University and a Master of Business Administration from St. Cloud State University. He also completed the Executive Program at the Carlson School of Management (University of Minnesota).