The Story of David McDonald and the OSI Group

David McDonald is quite an individual. He is truly a person that proves that how you begin is not how you have to end. He is currently the COO of a major meat processing company named OSI Industries and that is not an easy feat. From small time to big time, here is an overview of this amazing man. David McDonald was born in 1964 and raised on a farm in Northeast Iowa. He attended Iowa State University and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science. He was awarded the Wallace E. Barron Outstanding Senior Award when graduating from college. 1987 was when Mr. McDonald joined OSI Industries, a multi-national food processing company, where he began his career as a Project Manager.

His responsibility was to expand OSI internationally with the main focus being Latin America and Asia. The growth of David McDonald was outstanding while being with OSI. After increasing his responsibilities within the company, he is currently the Chief Operating Officier and he also holds a seat on the board there. Mr. McDonald also held a seat on the Board of Directors of Marfrig Alimentos S/A in Brazil which is a very large protein company in multiple countries. In January 2015, Mr. McDonald became the first Chairman of the North American Meat Institute.

Although he has found much success away from his born state, He is still committed to the Iowa State community. He plays an active role in the University’s Agricultural Entrepreneurship Initiative. He is an amazing supporter of the Alpha Gamma Rho scholarship fund and has also played a lead role in establishing internship opportunities for ISU students at the OSI Group. In 2004, David McDonald won the ISU Alumni Association’s Young Alumni Award for his activism with the alumni association. In 1991, David McDonald married and he has a total of six children to this day which whom he spends a lot of time with and their activities. Mr. McDonald is also a very active member in church and his community. He once served as a member of the St. Michael School Board and he is a participant in the St. Michael Parish.

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