Fort Pierre beef producer named Beef Council executive
Suzanne Geppert, a Fort Pierre-area beef producer, was recently named the new executive director of the South Dakota Beef Industry Council (SDBIC). Geppert, most recently the resource development director of the South Dakota 4-H Foundation, will take over SDBIC’s executive director position on Nov. 2.
In her role, Geppert will be responsible for implementing the state’s beef promotion, research and education programs under the guidance of the SDBIC board of directors. She follows Ron Frederick who resigned as executive director effective Sept. 30.
Newly elected SDBIC President Wayne Tupper said Geppert brings an excellent background and valuable skill set to the position. A graduate from South Dakota State University with a degree in Family and Consumer Science Education, Geppert has taught in South Dakota schools and is a co-owner of Geppert Cattle Co. with her husband, Rodney, in addition to her previous work with the South Dakota 4-H Foundation.
“Suzanne grew up on a farm and continues to be connected to the beef production business,” explained Tupper, owner of Kimball Livestock Exchange in Kimball, South Dakota. “She understands the challenges that South Dakota beef producers face as well as the need to effectively communicate to them the impact of their checkoff dollar investment.”
In addition, he said, her strong background with youth and experience in both the areas of human resources and consumer science are compelling-especially at a time when dropping cattle numbers have resulted in fewer checkoff dollars available to do the important work of promoting beef, educating consumers and conducting necessary research. “Suzanne’s passion for the beef industry is evident,” explained Tupper. “We’re excited to have her put that passion to work for South Dakota beef producers and the checkoff program.”
–South Dakota Beef Industry Council