J.T.M. Food Group's Joe Maas Selected Secretary of North American Meat Institute

HARRISON, OH – February 28, 2017 – J.T.M. Food Group, a national leader in the creation of fully cooked menu solutions for the foodservice industry, announced that Joe Maas, co-owner and vice president of operations, has been selected to serve as secretary of NAMI (North American Meat Institute).


Maas previously served as an officer in the North American Meat Association, one of the groups that merged to form NAMI in January 2015. Maas was selected and ratified by a vote of the board of directors in September 2016 during the NAMI annual meeting in Washington D.C. He will work alongside four other officers: Sara Lilygren, treasurer; Brian Coelho, immediate past chairman; Mike Townsley, chairman of the Board of Directors; and John Vatri, vice chairman.


“I look forward to working with the new officers and the entire Board to respond to key industry priorities in the year ahead,” said NAMI President and CEO Barry Carpenter. “Their collective expertise will provide guidance to the Meat Institute and to the entire industry to ensure that we work together to advance our common interests and achieve our shared goals.”


Maas’ new position will be invaluable as J.T.M. Food Group continues to expand its reach. The company currently serves thousands of schools, restaurants, military and government organizations, food distributors and retailers throughout North America. In January, J.T.M. broke ground on a new 193,000 square foot manufacturing plant and distribution center.


“I am very honored to work alongside such an esteemed group of industry leaders,” said Maas. “It’s a terrific opportunity to collaborate to ensure the growth and excellence of the meat and poultry industry. We know J.T.M.’s involvement in NAMI will continue to make us a stronger company and help us reach our short and long-term goals.”



About J.T.M. Food Group

Family owned and operated since 1980, J.T.M. Food Group specializes in menu solutions that deliver superior results to the food service industry. Focused on customer service, quality and innovation, J.T.M. serves thousands of schools, restaurants, military and government organizations, food distributors and retailers throughout North America. In 2016, J.T.M. was named the 65th largest private firm on the Deloitte Cincinnati USA 100 list. For more information, visit www.J.T.M.FoodGroup.com.



The North American Meat Institute (NAMI) is the leading voice for the meat and poultry industry. Formed from the 2015 merger of the American Meat Institute (AMI) and North American Meat Association (NAMA), the Institute has a rich, century-long history and provides essential member services including legislative, regulatory, scientific, international and public affairs representation. NAMI’s mission is to shape a public policy environment in which the meat and poultry industry can produce wholesome products safely, efficiently and profitably. Together, the Institute’s members produce the vast majority of U.S. beef, pork, lamb and poultry and the equipment, ingredients and services needed for the highest quality products.