American Meat Institute(AMI) members elected the six officers to guide the organization through next year. The election was held at AMI’s annual business meeting in Bolton Landing, N.Y.

Elected to the chairmanship for 2010-2011 isDennis Vignieri, president and CEO of Kenosha Beef International, Ltd.Larry Odom, chairman, president and CEO of Odom’s Tennessee Pride Sausage Inc., will serve as vice chairman.Nick Meriggioli, president of Oscar Mayer, a Kraft Foods business unit, will serve as treasurer.Greg Benedict, president and COO, American Foods Group LLC, will serve as secretary.Jeffrey Ettinger, chairman of the board, president and CEO of Hormel Foods Corporation, becomes immediate past chairman. 

J. Patrick Boylewas reelected by the AMI membership to serve a 22nd term as AMI president and CEO.

“There are many great challenges and opportunities facing the meat and poultry industry this year, like continued progress in food safety, proposed changes in industry structure, regaining new export markets, the expansion of corn-based ethanol and immigration reform,” said Boyle.  “The proven leadership and diverse, hands-on industry experience of these new AMI officers will be a major asset in our efforts to continue to advance this industry.  I look forward to working with them to achieve our common goals,” he added.

Bernard Leonard, group vice president/Food Service, Tyson Foods, Inc., Springdale, Ark., was installed as chairman of theNational Chicken Council, the trade association for the chicken production and processing industry. Lampkin Butts, president of Sanderson Farms, Laurel, Miss., took office as vice chairman, andBill Lovette, president and chief operating officer of Case Foods, Troutman, N.C., became secretary-treasurer.

The new officers were installed during the NCC Annual Conference held in Washington, D.C., and attended by members of the industry from across the country. Officers serve one-year terms.