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Christopher Salm

If you’re a smoked sausage fan, you’ve probably eaten Salm Partners products without knowing it. The company, founded by CEO Salm and three brothers, produces hot dogs and sausages that are then sold by brand marketers and private label retailers. The company is an industry leader in developing and implementing new technology systems for processing those meats. Throughout a career that’s included Oscar Mayer, Johnsonville Sausage, and ConAgra, Salm’s focus has been on “finding and proving new technologies and processes to better feed the world,” he says. He chairs the advisory board to the meats group in the animal science department at CALS and is helping lead an industry-focused capital campaign to build a new meats lab on campus.