Robert Ruth, Pennsylvania

Biography

Mr. Robert Ruth is the past president for Country View Family Farms, a farrow-to-finish farm with 110,000 sows marketing 2,200,000 hogs annually. Ruth served as the president for Country View Farms for 20 years and now is the senior vice president for Clemens Food Group. He serves on the Pennsylvania Pork Producers Board of Directors. He has been an active member of PennAg and Pennsylvania Farm Bureau. Ruth is also the president of the board for Rays of Hope Ministry in Malawi and an active member of his church’s leadership council.

Nominating Committee Comments

Industry Knowledge

Mr. Bob Ruth’s knowledge of the industry and understanding of the opportunities and challenges we face is without question. Bob knows the technologies available to the industry and believes the industry should be proud of the advances it has made and their benefits to consumers. In addition, he believes the National Pork Board can do a better job of telling the industry’s story in a way that connects with the non-agriculture public.

We CareSM Ethical Principles

Bob understands the six We Care ethical principles and has worked throughout Clemens to ensure they are embodied in all of its work and activities. He is very focused on supporting the company’s expectation of producing safe food while taking care of their people and animals.

Leadership Skills

Bob is an empathetic leader, a skill he has honed leading numerous teams to achieve a common goal. He has strong reasoning and listening skills, especially in leading a team. He has worked with people for many years and, based on that experience, he is skilled in assembling teams and progressing together toward goals. He is outgoing and always looking to learn from new experiences.

Communication Skills

Bob is a strong communicator and takes learnings from past experiences and applies them in his everyday life. He can effectively work through conflict by slowing down and ensuring everyone understands the big picture and end goal.

Attitude, Passion and Commitment

Bob is passionate about selling, promoting and consuming pork. He has many connections to retailers and others in the industry and can use those to grow pork’s market share. He has a positive attitude and relishes the opportunity to promote and develop new products for pork on behalf of the National Pork Board.

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