Duane Gangwish

Chief Operations Officer (Feedlot Division)

Duane Gangwish leads Verified Beef’s effort to create pull-through demand for Reputation Feeder Cattle from feedlots and coordinated beef supply chain programs.  He also manages the general RFC marketing plan.

Gangwish has three decades experience in agriculture, including roles in sales, marketing, association management, public policy development and environmental compliance advisory.

He is past developer/owner of a commercial cattle feeding operation and currently is building a beef cow herd.

Ralph Peterson

Director of Producer Outreach

Dar Giess

Seedstock Coordinator

Dar Giess leads Verified Beef’s effort to educate cattle producers on the benefits of the Reputation Feeder Cattle® (RFC) program and to develop a supply of Certified RFC cattle. He also works directly with seedstock producers to coordinate with and implement the RFC program for their commercial customers.

Giess was ranch-raised in Kansas but has worked for the last 30 years developing an acclaimed cattle breeding program in central Minnesota with his wife Lynn.

Dar has broad industry knowledge and has served in leadership roles as president of the Minnesota State Cattlemen’s Association and president of both the North American South Devon Association and the World South Devon Society.

Gloria Burkhart

Office Manager

Gloria  Burkhart provides foundational support for all day-to-day activities at the Verified Beef office which includes data entry, order fulfillment for tags, coordination of interoffice communications and customer support.