Protein Alliance was created in 1999 when Jeff Stauffenecker and Carl Wittenburg took their extensive experience in the agricultural industry and pursued their dreams on becoming entrepreneurs. Both enjoy building relationships with their customers and suppliers. In the past, both have served as board members, Jeff on the Minnesota Turkey Growers Association and Carl on the National Turkey Federation.

 

Carl FINALCarl Wittenburg – President

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Carl grew up on a turkey, cattle and grain farm in southeast North Dakota. Carl attended the University of Minnesota-Crookston and North Dakota State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in University Studies and a minor in Food Science. He was employed by Northern Pride after college and then took a US Sales Manager position with Hybrid Turkeys, an international genetics company. Carl lives in Alexandria, MN with his wife Sharlene and they have 3 sons, Nick, Nate & Wyatt.

   

Jeff FINALJeff Stauffenecker – Treasurer/Secretary

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Jeff grew up on a turkey farm in Northern Minnesota. Jeff holds an Associate of Science degree in Agriculture from the University of Minnesota-Crookston and a Bachelor of Science degree from North Dakota State University in Agricultural Economics. After graduating from college, Jeff spent two years working for Northern Pride as the Turkey Procurement Manager. He then moved to Willmar, MN and went to work for Jennie-O Foods as the Commodity Sales Manager. Jeff continues to live in the Willmar area with his wife LeAnn and daughters, Jenna & Abby.

 

Sara FINALSara Almich – Trade Specialist

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Sara grew up on her family’s farm surrounded by acres of corn, soybean crops, and alfalfa. They raised livestock such as cattle, pigs, chickens, and plenty of sheep, leading into heavy involvement within 4H. Later Sara attended the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus for a Bachelor’s degree in Food Science with an emphasis in Business Marketing Communications. Sara is married with two grown sons, and now presides on a lake in west central Minnesota.

 

Chelsey FINALChelsey Weller – Sales Coordinator

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Chelsey was born and raised on a farm in central Minnesota and has always kept close to her agricultural roots. During high school and throughout college, she worked in turkey brooder and finishing barns. Since then, she has continued her work of sales and marketing while still helping on the family farm. Chelsey and her husband love staying busy with their two kids and enjoy time spent outside.

 

Jesi FINAL

Jesi Lang – Accounting Clerk

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Jesi was born and raised in Minnesota and eventually settled in the central part of the state. She attended post-secondary college throughout high school with a major in computer programming. However, while working in customer service during school, she found her love of numbers and accounting. She has been able to diversify her career through a variety of opportunities in multiple industries. Jesi also has two sons, her oldest being grown and a full-time Army soldier.