Our Team

Tim WattsCEO/CFO

Provides the vision, strategy and steerage for Verified Beef.

Monitors budget, sales and performance metrics.

Forwards new initiatives.

Ongoing dialogue with partners and industry.



Phone: (406) 867-2333 (BEEF)

Shirlene S. WattsOwner of Verified Livestock, LLC

Shirlene Watts is the owner of Verified Livestock, LLC.

Reputation Feeder Cattle and Reputation Herd Designer are business lines owned by Verified Beef.

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Duane GangwishChief Operating Officer

Prior to joining Verified Beef Duane served roles as VP of Environmental and Regulatory affairs for Nebraska Cattlemen and CEO of the Iowa Cattlemen. Early in his career Duane worked in the feed and pharmaceutical business focusing on feedlots in Nebraska and Iowa. Duane was the founding member and president of a commercial feedyard in Nebraska for over 13 years and now has an interest in a cow/calf operation. Duane and Tricia reside in Wayne, Nebraska and have three children and twelve grandchildren.

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Ralph PetersonDirector of Producer Outreach

Growing up in a central Kansas farming and ranching community, Ralph developed a broad base of agriculture experience having participated as a supporting role in a diverse array of operations. Ralph draws on that background, as well as thirty years of direct sales, business development, and sales management history to expand producer outreach (messaging and sales). Prior to joining Verified Beef, Ralph was co-founder and CEO of a breed-specific, natural-production, branded beef company. Ralph and his wife Susan reside in Lindsborg, Kansas and have four children and three grandchildren.

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Dr. Alan BaquetSenior Advisor

Alan brings experience from his career in academic leadership positions to Verified Beef. Dr. Baquet spent time at Montana State University and the University of Nebraska Lincoln where he held a variety of leadership positions, including Department Head for the Department of Agricultural Economics. Alan and his wife, Belinda, currently reside in Alexandria, Virginia.

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Dar GiessProducer Outreach

Dar works on assignment with specific accounts and also assists with promotion at cattle sales, conventions and other special events. Dar and his wife Lynn live near Pierz, MN where they have a South Devon seedstock operation. Dar is past president of the Minnesota Cattlemen’s Association and current president of the North American South Devon Association.

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Jim CollinsProducer Outreach

Jim brings a lifetime of value added production, marketing and producer education experience. After completing his Agribusiness MBA at Auburn University, Jim served many years with the University of Georgia Extension and then Georgia Cattlemen’s Association as their executive. He has been active in value added marketing and traceability discussions, and has almost twenty years involvement in the risk management arena. Since 2009, Jim has operated a consulting firm specializing in Ag marketing and regulation. Jim and Jennifer reside on Collins Farm in Cusseta, AL, where they are active in the genetics, management and marketing of their herd which provides commercial heifers and Angus bulls across the Southeast.

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Gloria BurkhartOffice Manager

Gloria grew up in Arvada, Wyoming, She met her husband Bob in Germany while both were serving in the Army. Her family is very involved in rodeo, agriculture, and ranching. Her daughter and son in law ranch at Grass Range, MT, while her son works on the family ranch in Bozeman. Gloria has been with Verified Beef since 2010.

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Robert WeeksAccountant

Robert is responsible for the day to day accounting activities for Verified Beef including credit card payments, invoicing, and accounts payable and receivable. Robert and his wife Taya live in Billings and three children.

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Miranda PerryCustomer Service Assistant

Miranda grew up in McCook, Nebraska and has a cow/calf and feeder cattle background. She received a BS in Animal Science and MS in Beef Management Systems from Colorado State University. Miranda currently lives in Illinois with her Air Force husband and two children.

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Brette PoundCustomer Service Assistantt

Brette grew up in San Antonio, New Mexico on a farming and cow calf operation. She received a BS in Animal Science from New Mexico State University and MS in Integrated Resource Management from Colorado State University. Brette currently lives in Fort Collins, Colorado with her husband and works as the herd manager for Leachman Cattle of Colorado.

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Bonnie NelsonLead Auditor

Bonnie lives in Circle, MT with her husband Ken, who is the County Extension Agent. She was raised on a ranch in southwest North Dakota and the youngest of 6 children. She loved helping her dad with ranch work and riding horse. She continues to help out with ranch chores at her son & daughter-in-law’s ranch. Bonnie and Ken both enjoy hunting and trap shooting. Bonnie enjoys traveling and visiting with the ranches as part of her job as an auditor.

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Dawn NagleAuditor

Dawn lives in Circle, MT with Butch, her husband of 30 years. They, with the help of their four grown children, have a commercial cow/calf ranch in Lindsay, MT. Currently Dawn has a career in the medical field but has always enjoyed the ranching lifestyle as she grew up on a ranch and married a rancher.

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Charmayne HaynieAuditor

Charmayne grew up in Circle, MT. She completed her AAS degree in Animal Science at NDSCS-Wahpeton ND. She now lives in White Sulphur Springs, MT and works for the local elevator as a Feed Specialist and works part time as an auditor for Verified Beef.

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Alison KellomAuditor

Alison grew up on her family ranch and completed her master’s degree in Animal Science at MSU - Bozeman. After a short time with the American Simmental Association, she returned to MSU to manage the Animal Science Nutrition Lab. Alison serves as an auditor and is also the data entry specialist.

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Matt ParkerAuditor

Matt lives in Weed, California. He graduated from Chico State University (Chico, CA) in 2003 with a BS in Animal Science, & a minor in Ag Business. Matt worked at Harris Ranch Feeding Company in California from 2003-2007, and currently works on the family commercial cow/calf ranch near Weed which is located in Northern California. Matt is married to his wife Janessa, and they have a daughter (Peyton) & stepson (Garrett).

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