A Family Business, EST. 1935

Unlike most meat packaging companies today, we’re still family owned and operated—and still dedicated to supplying not just quality products but customized solutions. 

Prime Directives

We know that our people are the main reason for our success in the meat packaging industry. And we believe that the only way to truly succeed is to do business with integrity.

Develop Strong Relationships

Keep your word and treat people with respect. Around here, a handshake still means something.

Never Compromise on Quality or Safety

We’re not just putting out products; we’re putting food on consumers' plates. We take that responsibility seriously.

Listen and Learn

It’s the only way to deliver what your customer really needs. Remember: two ears, one mouth.

  • BILLY ROSENTHAL Founder, Executive Board Member, Partner team/Billy_R.jpg <p>Billy Rosenthal is the grandson of Ben, who founded the original Standard Meat Company in 1935. Along with Donald Freedman, Billy re-established Standard Meat Company in 1995, and serves on the board of directors. He is also chairman of <a href="http://penrose-llc.com/" target="_blank">Penrose Group, LLC,</a> a Fort Worth–based private investment firm specializing in the food manufacturing industry, and a board member of Syracuse Food Group and Bounty Minerals.</p> <p>Billy helped found CTI Foods in 2003 and was its chairman until the company was sold in 2010. In 1989, he founded and served as CEO of KPR Holdings, a diversified food manufacturing company, after leaving his role as president of the original Standard Meat, which was sold to Sara Lee Corporation in 1983. </p> <p>Billy earned a B.A. in business from the University of Texas at Austin in 1972. In 2005, he was inducted into the McCombs School of Business Hall of Fame.</p>
  • DONALD FREEDMAN President, Executive Board Member, Partner team/Donald_F.jpg <p>Donald “Donnie” Freedman is a meat industry veteran. He cofounded the reincarnated Standard Meat Company with Billy Rosenthal in 1995, and is currently president and a member of the board. He was also a cofounder with Billy of CTI Foods in 2003.</p> <p>Donnie left the University of Texas in 1972 to begin his career in the meat industry at his family’s meat company, Freedman Packing, Inc. He went on to found Freedman Food Service in 1990, premium Mexican meat distributor Comercial Norteamericana in 1993, and meat trading company Northern Beef Industries in 1997.</p>
  • JOHN KEATING Executive Board Member team/John_K.jpg <p>John Keating has wide meat industry experience from a long career with Cargill. He started as a production trainee in 1988, switched to sales, and held various positions in product management, raw material purchasing, and beef pricing before transferring to Cargill Beef Australia, where he became general manager and assistant vice president in 1998.</p> <p>Back in the States six years later, John was named president of the Cargill Meat Solutions case-ready business unit in 2005, and then president of Cargill Beef in 2008.</p> <p>John earned a bachelor’s degree in business marketing at Texas Tech University in 1987.</p>
  • BRIAN SIKES Executive Board Member team/Brian_S.jpg <p>Brian Sikes brings international experience with Cargill to the executive board of Standard Meat. He has been with Cargill since 1991, most recently as a corporate vice president and group leader for Cargill’s Protein Group within the Protein and Salt enterprise.</p> <p>Starting in the beef business in Texas as a general management trainee, Brian then worked in the Chicago Cargill Food Distribution business before leading the Advance Brands joint venture in 2001. He became the business unit leader for Cargill Meats Canada in 2008, later assuming the additional role of business unit leader for Cargill Value Added Meats Foodservice. In 2011, he moved to Hereford, England, to serve as business unit leader for Cargill Meats Europe.</p> <p>Brian holds a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics from Texas Tech University. </p>
  • HOWARD KATZ Vice President of Business Development, Partner <p>Howard Katz began his food service career with the original Standard Meat Company in 1978, under the leadership of Manny Rosenthal. He has been a partner since the rebirth of Standard Meat in 1995 and currently heads the company’s business development team.</p> <p>Howard was a founder of Kettle Cooked Foods in 1989, KPR Foods in 1992, and CTI Foods in 2003, the latter two in cooperation with longtime friend Billy Rosenthal.</p> <p>Howard earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Texas in 1974.</p>
  • JIM MCCOY Chief Financial Officer <p>Jim McCoy has more than a quarter century of experience in corporate finance. Before becoming our CFO, Jim served as CAO of a $4 billion publicly held commercial and industrial services company; executive vice president of an operating company within Tyson Foods, Inc.; and CFO of Corporate Brand Foods America (CBFA).</p> <p>Earlier, Jim was vice president of finance and administration, CFO, and chairman of the executive committee of International Trading Company (ITC), at the time the largest provider of private-label luncheon meats to retailers in North America.</p> <p>Jim received his B.B.A. from Texas A&amp;M University in 1986. In addition to his work for Standard Meat, he is also a registered representative with FINRA and a CPA.</p>
  • SCOTT BOLEMAN Vice President of Operations <p>Scott Boleman started with Standard Meat in 2009 as head of the quality department. He is now responsible for manufacturing operations, business development, and regulatory affairs at the company’s Dallas facility.</p> <p>Scott earned his B.S. in animal science at Texas A&amp;M University in 1991, and his M.S. in animal science (specializing in meat science) at Louisiana State University two years later. He earned a Ph.D. in animal science (specializing in meat science) at Texas A&amp;M in 1997.</p>
  • CARGILL, INCORPORATED Minneapolis, Minnesota <p>Established in Iowa by William Wallace Cargill in 1865, Cargill today is a global source of food, agriculture, financial and industrial products and services. As part owner of Standard Meat Company, Cargill offers us a reliable supply of top-quality proteins and an endless supply of knowledge and experience. Learn more at <a href="http://cargill.com/" target="_blank">cargill.com</a></p>
  • PENROSE GROUP, LLC Fort Worth, Texas <p>A private investment company established by the Rosenthal family, Penrose Group has diversified holdings in the public and private equity markets, with a focus on the food manufacturing industry. In addition to Standard Meat Company, past and present investments include CTI Foods, KPR Foods, Syracuse Food Group, and others. Learn more at <a href="http://penrose-llc.com/" target="_blank">penrose-llc.com</a></p>
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