Evan Grong (SDARL Class XI) is the new Sales Manager of Dairy Ingredients at Valley Queen Cheese in Milbank, SD. Evan has been with the company for five years and has made significant impacts on the company with his leadership.
According to information from Valley Queen, Evan previously served as a Project Manager. In that position, he oversaw the creation of the Heritage Center, a public-facing visitor’s center sharing the rich and thoughtful history of the company. The facility is also a gift shop where cheese products and other items can be purchased. Evan also implemented the use of dash cams in company vehicles to support the Valley Queen drivers, created a Milk Hauler Training Program, and led the charge to develop a cross-functional Sustainability Committee. Evan will now bring his experience and institutional knowledge to the Sales Department to partner with and grow the dairy ingredient accounts.
“Evan has proven to be an effective leader and thoughtful decision-maker at Valley Queen,” said Jason Mischel, VP of Sales and Procurement. Several significant construction projects are underway at Valley Queen which will allow the company to grow and significantly increase production in the coming years. “I’m excited to add his analytical skills to the sales team. Evan will be tasked with identifying new outlets for growing for our growing volume of products as well as engaging with key strategic partners as we continue to supply them with great ingredients from Valley Queen.”
From everyone in the SDARL family, CONGRATULATIONS Evan Grong!