Wes Thoreson


Wes Thoreson grew up in Ellsworth, IA, spending much of his free time learning what it takes to own a business by working with his father in the family-owned local hardware store. He graduated from South Hamilton High School, Jewell IA, Waldorf College, and Mankato State University with a BS...

Ross Thoreson


Ross works closely with the Poultry industry and helps implement many different types of programs with growers including biosecurity issues, which include cleaning and disinfecting and water sanitation programs to help increase efficiencies and production on the farm. Ross works out of the Ellsworth, IA office and currently lives in...

Randy Olsen

Vice President


John Menges

Eastern Regional Manager

After graduation from Penn State in Animal Production/Poultry Science in 1988, John began working in the Turkey industry as a service tech for Round Hill Foods in New Oxford, PA. After over 20 years in turkey commercial live production, John began working with Hybrid Turkeys, a primary breeder, in January...

Michael Ozinga

Director of Operations

Michael aquired his Bachelor's Degree in Business Marketing from Iowa State University. He joined BVS shortly thereafter. Michael has provided support ranging from information technology planning and management, marketing, operational support and process improvements. He has been at the core of many system changes and technological enhancements to help gear...

Steve Hartung

Director of Manufacturing

Director of Manufacturing and PCQI for Quality Manufacturing Certifications. Graduate of Iowa State University with an Ag Business degree. Prior to joining BVS, he worked 23 years providing custom manufacturing services with an independent specialty manufacturing company in Des Moines, IA. Steve enjoyed being involved with the implementation of the...

Chad Terrill

Production & Ingredient Purchasing Manager

Chad is the Ingredient Purchasing & Production Manager for BVS’s Iowa facility. Chad ensures all ingredients used in BVS products are high quality. As production manager he oversees goods are produced in a timely manner and with the highest standards. Chad grew up on a grain and livestock farm in...

Brian Flint

Transportation and FMCSA Compliance Manager

Brian has been in the transportation business for over 40 years, with most of it being self-employed. He has been with BVS since March 2013. Brian takes care of logistics, driver training and safety for the company. Brian resides in Washington, IN with his wife Shacha, 3 children and 7...

Patty Thoreson

Financial Manager

Patty was raised in the Radcliffe/Ellsworth, IA area, where she currently resides. She attended Waldorf College and received her Bachelors degree at Mankato State University. After raising two sons, she held various jobs until 2004 when she became part of BVS joining her husband, Wes, in the business. At that...

Marcella Burkheimer

Human Resources Manager

As Human Resources Manager, Marcella is responsible for performing duties in areas such as benefits administration, record keeping and compliance, training, performance management, and policy development/implementation. She brings over 21 year of human resources experience from the C-store, retail, manufacturing and distribution industries. Marcella holds a bachelor’s degree in General...

Sales Territory Management

Wayne Sanders

Sales Representative

Wayne grew up in Minnesota. He spent two years of active duty in the US Army, with one year on the DMZ in South Korea. Wayne studied Sociology at St. Cloud State University. He started working at Gold N Plump Poultry in St Cloud and continued working there in many...

Mike Anderson

Sales Representative

Mike has been associated with animal production since 1980. Starting out as a Farm Manager for Louis Rich and then being promoted to Field Service Tech. In 1996 Mike left Louis Rich and joined I D Russell Company as a Sales Associate. He was promoted to General Manager for the...

Van Harper

Sales Manager

Van is the General Sales Manager for BVS covering Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee. Van spent his first 23 years in the turkey industry in Live Production, working for Perdue Farms. He started with BVS in 2008. Van has 3 children and 3 grandchildren and has been married to his...

Joe Sylve

Sales Representative

Joe started with BVS as an intern back in the summer of 2012. He graduated from Purdue University in 2013 with a Bachelor’s in Animal Science and Agricultural Business. Immediately after graduation he came to work for BVS full-time. Throughout his years with BVS, Joe has gained valuable experience and...

Kenny Hawkins

Sales Manager

Kenny started in the Animal Health Industry in 1984. He worked in animal health sales for 25 years. Kenny started with BVS in the year 2009. He worked with broilers on the shore of Virginia and West Virginia. Kenny grew up in Delaware in the town of Selbyville.

Dale Simpkins

Sales Representative

Dale has over 35 years of poultry experience ranging from pedigree farm caretaker to breeder manager to sales. A majority this time (24 years) was spent with Hubbard Farms/Breeders/LLC. He enjoyed his time there, starting as a house caretaker and ending his time as the Breeder manager/R&D Genetics project manager....

Tori Ahlmeyer

Sales Representative

Tori is a Southern Illinois native and attended the University of Illinois, where she received her bachelor’s in Animal Sciences with a Pre-Veterinary Concentration, and a minor in Leadership Studies. She grew up on a small farm and has had numerous years of live production and farming experience from childhood...

Andrea Darling

Sales Representative

Andrea graduated from UW-River Falls in 2012 with a bachelor’s in Animal Science and minor in Agricultural Business. She worked in the equine reproduction/embryo transfer industry before switching over to poultry and taking a job with Jennie-O Turkey Store in 2015. From there, she gained valuable experience in both live...

Ryan Merkouris

Sales Representative

Ryan Merkouris comes to BVS with 5 years experience in the Layer and Pullet management industry where he oversaw both cage free and conventional production. Ryan enjoys the broad spectrum the poultry industry provides, such as meeting new professional contacts, working in a constantly evolving industry, and gaining many new...