Pat McGonegle, National Pork Producers Council vice president of state relations and resource development, has been named chief executive officer of the Iowa Pork Producers Association.
McGonegle, well-known to Iowa hog farmers and IPPA staff, has been with the NPPC for 19 years and has served in his current position since 2002. McGonegle made many contributions to the council’s success, including the Strategic Investment Program, the Alliance Program, LEADR and positive state organization relations. McGonegle will begin his new position Oct. 1. He replaces Rich Degner, who is retiring on Sept. 30 after 35 years with the IPPA, the last 17 as CEO.
“I am pleased to accept this opportunity to lead a dynamic organization,” McGonegle said. “I look forward to working with the leadership and the entire grassroots of the Iowa Pork Producers Association.”
“We felt Pat had the complete package for the Iowa Pork CEO job. He has the experience and knowledge of the industry we were looking for, as well as the leadership style and personality,” said IPPA President David Struthers, a Collins, Iowa-area hog farmer. “He also has the necessary contacts within the industry and other allied organizations that we work with. We felt he would probably make the transition to the CEO position as smooth and easy as anyone we interviewed and we’re pleased that he accepted our offer.”
It was important that the new CEO maintain and build on the excellent relationship the association and the pork industry enjoy with other Iowa agricultural organizations and Iowa State University.
McGonegle has worked in the pork industry for more than 30 years and started his career with the IPPA as a field director in 1983. He also has served as executive director of the Minnesota Pork Producers Association and worked in sales for ADM Animal Health and Nutrition.
The Vincent, Iowa, native has a degree in animal science from ISU. He and his wife, Julie, have two children.