The IMI Global Team

John Saunders
Chair & Chief Executive Officer

Saunders has been CEO of IMI Global since founding the Company in 1995. He previously was a partner with Pathfinder Consulting Services, Inc., a strategic planning and management consulting firm. An expert in both technology and the livestock industry, Saunders is a graduate of Yale University with B.S. degree in Environmental Studies and a B.A. degree in History.

Leann Saunders

Leann Saunders is the President of Where Food Comes From, Inc. (formerly IMI Global, Inc.), an agricultural verification solutions company and founder of the Where Food Comes From® food labeling program.  A one-of-a-kind brand, Where Food Comes From® combines the verification and traceability expertise of multiple verification divisions with new Quick Response (QR) code technology to allow consumers to use their Smart Phone to scan food product labels and quickly access detailed information about the product’s origins.  To date, Where Food Comes From® can be found in a variety of locations across the U.S., including 19 Heinen’s Fine Foods stores in Cleveland and Chicago and the Original Delmonico’s Steakhouse in New York City.

Leann is also an active member of the United States Meat Export Federation (USMEF) Board of Directors, currently elected as the Vice Chair for the 2012-2013 year and Chair of the Traceability Working Group.  She also sits on the Board of Directors for the International Stockmen’s Education Foundation.  Personally, Leann remains actively involved with her family’s ranching and stocker operations and is part owner of the Mayfield Heritage Cattle Company in Animas, New Mexico.

Dannette Henning
Chief Financial Officer

Henning is a CPA with more than 15 years of professional experience, including a deep background in SEC and financial reporting, due diligence, debt and equity financing transactions, consolidations and integrations, and process improvement and re-design. Prior to joining IMI Global in March 2008, Henning was controller with Einstein Noah Restaurant Group for more than three years. Previous assignments include: assistant controller, Sirenza Microdevices; audit services with KPMG Peat Marwick; accounting manager, DF&R Restaurant Company; and senior accountant, CSI/CDC Company.

Jay Pfeiffer
Vice President of Corporate Development

Jay Pfeiffer has worked with IMI Global since 2006. He has a diverse background in investor relations, capital formation, corporate governance, strategic planning and corporate communications. He has advised dozens of NYSE, AMEX, Nasdaq and OTCBB companies on building shareholder value. Pfeiffer has led six successful private placement, IPO, and/or secondary offering efforts for emerging growth companies and served on the board of directors of a Nasdaq-listed company. He also previously served as an investment advisor for two NYSE-listed firms.

Doug Stanton
Executive Vice President of Verification

Doug Stanton is the Vice President of Verification, which includes both development and auditing services. Here he works closely with our customers to help them achieve certification, and is instrumental in getting our ranches and feedyards approved.

Since graduating with a Masters degree in Animal Science from West Texas State University in Canyon, TX, Doug has worked in a variety of positions including both ranch and feedyard nutrition consulting and sales. He was also involved with the development of the Farmland Supreme Beef Alliance, one of the first retained ownership programs on the market. He currently resides in Garden City, Kansas with his wife and family.

Cara Gerken
Vice President of Consulting

Cara Gerken, Vice President of Quality Services at IMI Global, Inc. helps IMI's customers develop identification, traceability and quality verification programs. Cara also recently received accreditation through the Safe Quality Food (SQF) program to provide consulting services to organizations seeking SQF implementation and documentation.

Prior to IMI, Cara served as a Livestock and Meat Marketing Specialist for the USDA. Cara also served as the Executive Secretary of the National Livestock Grading and Marketing Association. She is a graduate of Kansas State University where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science, and she received her M.S. in food science from Oklahoma State University.

Kathryn Britton
Marketing & Communications Director

Kathryn joined the IMI Global team in June of 2007. At IMI Kathryn is responsible for overseeing all facets of organizational marketing strategies, including event participation, advertising, graphic design and brand awareness for the IMI Global, International Certification Services and Validus Verification Services divisions, as well as the Where Food Comes From® brand. Born and raised in Washington State, Kathryn made her way to IMI via Colorado State University, where she received her Bachelors in Equine Science/Agricultural Economics and Masters in Animal Science.

Susan Sanders
USVerified Manager

Susan joined the IMI team in 2005. Prior to coming to IMI, she worked for the Certified Angus Beef (CAB) Program in the Monitoring Department, where her responsibilities included research analysis of product sales trends. She also spent three years with Red Oak Farms, a start-up branded beef company licensed by the American Hereford Association (AHA) to produce and market Certified Hereford Beef. Along with her career experience, she also received a BS in Animal Science from Texas A&M University in College Station, TX.

As an offsite USVerified Manager, Susan works from her home office in Edgerton, MO. Her responsibilities include development and training for our verification services provided to our ranch, backgrounder, and feedyard customers.

Hallie Cox
Supply Verified Audit Manager

Hallie has been a part of IMI Global’s Source and Age Verification team since the spring of 2006. Her responsibilities include coordinating and managing IMI’s auditors, and all audit-related customer service.

Prior to coming to IMI, she studied as a Veterinary Technician at Northeast Community College, an Animal Sciences major at the University of Nebraska, and in farrier science at Bozeman, MT. She and her husband Carroll, and their daughters Maddi and Kati ranch near Rushville, Nebraska on the northern edge of the Sandhills.

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