James Smith, President of Simmons Animal Nutrition (SAN), has extensive knowledge in food production developed over three decades of leading teams in multiple segments of Simmons’ vertically integrated food production business. His background, leadership and intense focus on delivering quality ingredients and nutrition for the pet food industry have positioned SAN as a trusted and rapidly growing industry partner.
James earned his B.S. in Agricultural Business from Arkansas Tech University and is currently a board member on the Arkansas Poultry and Livestock Commission. He was named The Poultry Federation’s 2017 Industry Leader of the Year.
Vice President of Sales for Simmons Animal Nutrition Josh Clary believes good relationships are good business. He has more than 20 years of relationships and expertise in the pet and human food industries. Josh earned his Bachelor’s in Sports Medicine at John Brown University and his Master’s degree at the University of Arkansas. He is well-connected in the poultry and agriculture industry as a member of the National Renderers Association, USA Poultry and Egg Export Council, and as a committee member for The Poultry Protein & Fat Council. Beyond the industry, Josh serves as a board member at Jabali Ministries.
Brian Walker is the Senior Director of Business Development for Simmons Animal Nutrition. Brian has a tenured career in business development and sales and is known as a robust, lead-by-example executive across many facets of the manufacturing industry. Brian’s experience with multiple industry leading companies makes him an invaluable resource. It was at the University of Arkansas where Brian earned his Bachelor’s in Domestic and International Agriculture Marketing.
Yancy Sweeten, Vice-President of Operations at Simmons Animal Nutrition, has been with our company for more than 25 years. During Yancy’s career at Simmons, he has served in many leadership roles across the company developing broad knowledge within the poultry, pet food and animal nutrition businesses. This knowledge translates into a deep understanding of the production of quality ingredients for pet food and other industries. Yancy is known for creating a welcoming and inclusive work environment, fostering a culture of hard-work and gratitude. Yancy studied Agriculture at Carl Albert State College before going on to earn his Bachelor’s of Agriculture in Business and Management at Arkansas Tech University.
Ken Wilson, Vice President of Research, Development and Technical Services at Simmons Animal Nutrition, leads SAN’s team of technical experts in the development of premium animal and pet nutrition ingredients. He says being an agent of change is essential to success in the ever-evolving animal nutrition and ingredient industry, along with fostering an agile environment for his team to learn and grow. In 15 years with Simmons, he and his team have contributed to the improvements of SAN’s core businesses along with developing new processes, products, and solutions for customers. Appropriately, he attributes these contributions and activities to having a passionate team, a multi-disciplined approach, and the desire to make a difference. Ken is a member and actively serves the allied industries of Animal Science, National Renderers Association, and The Protein & Fat Council. Dr. Wilson earned his Bachelor's Degree in Environmental Studies at Southern Nazarene University and Master’s in Animal Nutrition and Doctorate in Animal Nutrition and Feed Manufacturing from Texas Tech University.
Producing safe, healthy ingredients begins with consistent, quality sourcing. Lucas Eastman, Director of Strategic Sourcing for Simmons Animal Nutrition, and his team are dedicated to securing reliable, quality raw material sources for our operations. Lucas served in the United States Marine Corps, where he mastered the art and grace of discipline, intelligence and logistics. His background and skills are an important value addition for our operations teams and our customers. Lucas earned his Bachelor’s Degrees in psychology and literature from Ozark Christian College in Joplin, Missouri.