The North American Meat Institute (NAMI) Scholarship Foundation in late June established the Ron Gustafson Scholarship, a $5,000 award honoring Scholarship Foundation Founding President and meat industry leader Ron Gustafson. Each year, the foundation awards scholarships to eligible sophomores, juniors and seniors attending accredited four-year colleges or universities who are enrolled in an approved animal, meat or food science degree or culinary arts program.
Gustafson currently serves as president and chairman of the board of Vernon, California-based Coast Packing Co., a supplier of animal fat shortenings. Gustafson played an integral role in building the company’s executive and management team, improving its facilities and modernizing production, says NAMI. He also previously served as a director of both the Western States Meat Association (WSMPA) and National Meat Association, a predecessor organization to NAMI.
Gustafson’s family has a long history in the meat industry. His grandfather, Anton Rieder, owned Coast Packing Co. and was a founding member of WSMPA.