Meet Eric Evert
Red Bird’s resident chef, Eric, is one of the Red Bird’s newest employees: he’s been at Red Bird for only two years! Yet his experience in the restaurant industry as a chef, a broker, and a food salesman makes him less than green. Always inventive, Eric is fundamental in developing new cuts and recipes. This creative skill has helped Eric sell Red Bird to countless restaurants; he can make any chef’s kitchen run smoother.
In addition to being great in the kitchen and salesroom, Eric’s countless talents reach beyond his work. Eric was once on the US shooting team and he’s also an expert scuba diver. The father of a three-year-old girl, Eric enjoys his time with his family and with his hobbies. You can bet that Eric won’t be wasting his vacation time sitting around; he’ll be scuba diving in some sparkly ocean off in the distant horizon! We just hope he finds his way back to Red Bird soon; we can’t wait to see what he’ll cook up next!
Meet Chris Bohlen; Director of Food Service Sales
When asked if he has a favorite motto or words to live by, Chris blurted out, “Drive fast, take chances!” Then he quickly added: “It’s not how you open, it’s how you close.” These quotations reflect Chris Bohlen’s high energy, aggressive approach to both his work and his personal life.
As head of the food service sales team, Chris Bohlen must be adept at managing people, finding new accounts, and understanding the complex chicken market. Fortunately, just like his motto, Chris Bohlen works fast and closes strong. His tenure at Red Bird has resulted in great growth in the food service sector; you can find Red Bird in over 700 restaurants and hotels in 8 different states.
On the weekends, you’ll find Chris attacking the slopes, helping his family with house projects, and playing with his 4 year old daughter and new puppy. This family man may advocate “taking chances,” but he’s keeping things safe and secure for his pride and joy: his family.
Meet Vicki Auburn
Everybody likes to do business with Vicki; she’s the one who hands out checks! Vicki has been in charge of reimbursements, office supplies, and many other accounting services for almost four years. An avid gambler, traveler, and dessert connoisseur, Vicki enjoys the sweeter things in life. If she’s not working hard in the office, she can be found sunbathing in Mexico or relaxing with a good book. Thanks, Vicki, for bringing both meticulous accounting as well as good taste to the Red Bird office.
Meet Ruben Marquez
Many employees at Red Bird have been here for a long time, but Ruben takes the cake: he’s been a part of the Red Bird family for 31 years! When he was only 16 years old, Ruben worked hard in the saws department. After gaining experience there, Ruben moved to the deboning table where he became an expert with a knife. 31 years later, Ruben is the production manager. He supervises over 50 employees who respect him for his longevity, knowledge, and mild manner.
As Ruben is an incredibly dedicated employee, he’s also a loyal family man. Ruben is married with three kids and one granddaughter. When he’s not at Red Bird, he may be babysitting his one-year-old granddaughter, playing basketball, or grilling up some chicken for a family barbeque. Afterall, somebody’s gotta eat the chicken; who better than our own Red Bird family!
Meet Jay Merkle
The role of Quality Assurance Manager requires a very meticulous and focused personality. The quality assurance team is in charge of monitoring the integrity of our products; this position must safeguard against bacteria, contamination, and employee safety. The Red Bird community has been blessed for15 years with a QA manager who has done just that; meet Jay Merkle.
Jay Merkle is Red Bird’s quality assurance guru. A scientist at heart, Jay got his degree in microbiology. You can find Jay on the production floor, hovering over a petri dish, or eatingsomething super-healthy on his lunch break. At any task, Jay is always 100% focused. In addition to his focus at work, Jay is just as tenacious in his personal life. On the weekends you’ll find Jay hiking in the mountains, jogging around town, or reading up on thelatest science journal. Thanks Jay, for keeping Red Bird so fresh and so clean!
Meet Chris Delaney, Red Bird’s Colorado’s Operations Manager
When Chris began his tenure at Red Bird Farms the business was surprisingly different compared to today’s fast paced operations. Delaney has evolved with this industry to make Red Bird Farms the success it is today and constantly looks to the future for growth and opportunity.
Chris is a husband, father, grandfather, coach, and leader. He has been married to his wife Sandy for over 17 years and they have 2 children and 3 grandchildren. Despite his imposing size of 6’5” the size of his heart and kindness are matched equally. This imposing figure stands out on the production floor, where he can often be found chatting with anybody and everybody.
Chris’ boisterous attitude and chatty persona are comforting staples at Red Bird Farms. After all, he’s been at the company for a total of 20 years. All the while he’s taken the same approach to work as he does on the field. As he constantly tells his son: “It’s not the mistakes you make on the field that make you a man. It’s what you do about it that makes you a man.” “Things are gonna happen; it’s how you respond to it that makes you who you are.” “I believe that sports are a great area for kids to learn this skill, and I bring this same approach to the Red Bird family.”
Meet Lloyd Lister
Every butcher’s arsenal is well equipped with the right gadgets for cutting, trimming, filleting and sharpening. Lloyd Lister, at 11 years old, had his own arsenal of butcher’s gear: a milk crate and a knife without a tip. Standing at a mere 4’10”, the milk crate quickly became Lloyd’s ticket to watching every cut his father would make to beef, chicken, and pork. Unfortunately, when Lloyd picked up his own knife, the only select cut he would make was to his left index finger. Lloyd’s father, who wasn’t new to nicks and scars, came up with a quick solution; he clipped the knife tip with some tin shears, and little Little Lloyd Lister was in business.
Lloyd’s experience landed him a career in the meat industry as meat manager at Thriftway, in Seattle, Washington. For several years, he also served the Ketchikan, Alaska folk as head butcher at Sea Mart Grocery Store.
Kids and warmer weather brought Lloyd to Phoenix, Arizona where he started a job with Red Bird Farms. For Red Bird, Lloyd’s experience in the meat industry was priceless. As an added bonus, he’s so darn nice! Lloyd’s role as customer service rep was quickly changed to Meat Merchandiser as his personality secured this much more fitting role. Lloyd can be seen cruising about the greater Phoenix area in his Honda Element. You will know it’s him as the Red Bird logo is proudly stamped on the door; be sure to wave hello!