Dan Halstrom has headed the US Meat Export Federation (USMEF) as its president and chief executive officer for the past four years. While Halstrom has spent his entire life in the meat industry, it’s all been focused on international meat trade.

He has been on the staff of the USMEF for 12 years, and before that, he was a member of the Federation for 27 years, as an exporter/packer in international sales at Swift, now JBS. He became active in the Export Federation in the mid-1990s. In 2002, he joined the executive rotation, in 2007 he served as volunteer chairperson in the officer rotation, and he became head of global marketing.