Today, we’re talking leadership. Farmer Focus has made strategic strides in its long-term growth plans, announcing a pivotal leadership transition along the way. Founder Corwin Heatwole is transitioning from Chief Executive Officer of the company and is assuming a new role as Chairman of the organization’s Board of Managers. Current President and Chief Operating Officer Stephen J. Shepard will take over the CEO role.
“I am grateful for the organization Corwin built and the mission that unites our Farmer Focus team,” said Shepard. “I am humbled to serve as CEO, and I commit to serve, to the best of my ability, our team members, farm partners, customers, and consumers. Our mission remains: Promote and protect generational family farms. I look forward to working with the executive team to grow our business in new channels and categories to allow us to welcome more farmers into our community.”
Shepard brings extensive experience from across the poultry sector, matched by a deep passion for the industry.
Following this transition, Heatwole will oversee a committee of the board focused on regenerative agriculture and farming innovation.
“Our business is strong and the executive team is well-positioned to sustain the growth trajectory we are on,” Heatwole stated. “My goal has always been to step away from the day-to-day operations and create time and space for casting vision for what comes next—specifically regenerative agriculture and innovation in farming. I believe Farmer Focus is an important voice in this space.”
As a press release pointed out, this executive change is part of the company’s strategic plan and commitment to focus on the future of farming.
Farmer Focus Board of Managers member Matt Walker of S2G, the lead investor in the company, voiced his support for this leadership evolution.
“Corwin’s initial idea for Farmer Focus was a game changer in the poultry space. My fellow board members are excited to see what new horizons Corwin’s visionary talent will create for the company,” Walker added. “The board has been impressed by the leadership exhibited by Farmer Focus’ President and COO, Stephen J. Shepard. We are confident that in his tenure as CEO, Stephen will lead the business as he leads his life—with conviction, humility, and unparalleled drive.”
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