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Our Team

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About Us

Our management team has extensive experience in the hog industry as well as financial, general business and accounting management. 
Paul FitzSimmons, Partner. Paul utilizes his more than 25 years of swine production experience to oversee the Protein Sources management team.  Upon his graduation from the University of Minnesota - Waseca, Paul gained valuable knowledge in genetic technologies and strategies at P.I.C. that he now utilizes with Protein Sources and its clients.  Paul has been a member of numerous local, state, and national pork boards and is also an active member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church of Good Thunder.  He also enjoys spending time with his family and supporting the Maple River basketball and softball teams.  Paul can be contacted at 507.340.2760 or paulfitz@proteinsources.com 
 
John FitzSimmons, Partner.  As the General Manager of Protein Sources Milling, John brings over 25 years of swine feed and nutrition management to our clients.  Besides his professional responsibilities, John is actively involved in the Blue Earth County Pork Producers and St. Joseph's Catholic Church of Good Thunder.  John's hobbies include spending time with his family and pheasant hunting.  John can be contacted at 507.420.5140 or jffitzsimmons@proteinsources.com
 
William FitzSimmons, Partner. Bill brings over 25 years of farrowing and farm management experience to Protein Sources and its clients and is responsible for day-to-day management and training.  Bill was raised in the Good Thunder area and still resides there with his wife Gretchen and family. When he is not working, spending time with his family and coaching youth sports, Bill enjoys ATV riding, fishing and hunting. Bill may be reached at 507.340.3968 or billfitz@proteinsources.com
 
Richard FitzSimmons, Partner. With more than 25 years of swine management experience, Richard is Protein Sources' expert in finishing production.  Richard specializes in communicating with the company's valued growers to coordinate pig flow and establish marketing strategies.  In addition to his professional commitments, Richard is an active participant in numerous community organizations including St. Joseph's Catholic Church of Good Thunder, The Blue Earth County Pork Producers, and the Lyra Township Board.  In his spare time, Richard enjoys hunting, riding his ATV, and socializing with family and friends.  Richard can be contacted at: 507.340.2761 or rmfitz@proteinsources.com
Pat FitzSimmons, Partner. Pat is Protein Sources' specialist in facility management and renovation.  With prior experience in residential and agriculture facility construction in addition to management experience in farrowing to finish operations, Pat brings a winning combination of knowledge and skills to help our clients succeed.  Outside of the office, Pat is an active member and former president of the Cokato Lions Club, a former president of the Wright County Pork Producers, and a former president of the Minnesota Pork Producers Association.  When not busy with his community involvements, Pat enjoys spending time with his wife, children and grandchildren.  Pat can be reached at 507.380.7012 or patfitz@proteinsources.com.
 
Bron Scherer, CPA, Partner. is a founder of Protein Sources and serves as its Chief Financial Officer, overseeing the company’s financial accounting, reporting and analysis. Bron is originally from the rural Amboy, MN area and now resides in Northfield MN. Bron is a 1979 graduate of Minnesota State University-Mankato and is a Certified Public Accountant who worked in public accounting for the international accounting firm, Arthur Andersen & Co to 1987 and consulting for a variety of businesses and individuals for another 12 years prior to the company’s inception. With Andersen out of both the Minneapolis and St. Paul offices, he advanced to accounting and audit manager specializing in the oil and gas, manufacturing, printing and publishing and agricultural production industries.   He is an avid Minnesota State University-Mankato Men’s Basketball fan and supporter and is involved extensively in various civic and church related organizations.  Bron has also been elected as the Rice - Scott County Republican BPOU Chairperson and served as campaign manager and treasurer for two successful Minnesota State Legislature compaigns in 2010.  In his spare time, Bron enjoys shooting sports, lawn care, playing piano and basketball as well as politics, reading and enjoying time with his family.  Bron can be contacted at 507.649.1903 or brons@charter.net
Dan Sohre, Partner.  With Protein Sources since 1997, Dan is responsible for overseeing the financial accounting, reporting and analysis for our clients and their operations.  In addition, he utilizes a hog marketing tool that he developed to assist clients with their marketing and feed purchase decisions.  Dan is an excellent resource for our clients, as his prior work experience on a farrow-to-finish operation and his educational and professional background give him an all-around perpective and appreciation of the industry.  With an accounting degree from Minnesota State University-Mankato, Dan gained experience completing farm and corporate tax returns with the public accounting firm of Wolf Etter and Company before bringing his talents to Protein Sources.  Dan's other commitments include being a member of the finance council at St. Joseph's Catholic Church of Good Thunder, being the President of the Board of Directors at the Child Care Center of Mapleton, being a member of the Heather Curling Club, and being a member of the Economic Development Authority of Mapleton.  When not busy with work and civic commitments, Dan enjoys spending time with his family, camping, fishing, and golfing.  Dan can be contacted at 507.420.5141 or dsohre@proteinsources.com
 
 
Shane Wilson has been with Protein Sources for 18 years and oversees all of Protein Sources' owned and managed nurseries, encompassing over 60,000 nursery pigs at various sites.  Shane is a key member of the Protein Sources team and was recently awarded the "Swine Manager of the Year Award" from the Minnesota Pork Producers.  Shane grew up and worked on a farm in rural Good Thunder and is a graduate of Maple River High School in Mapleton, MN. After high school, Shane went on to receive a two-year degree in auto body repair at MTC in North Mankato before starting his career in the agricultural industry.  Shane now resides in rural Mankato, MN with his wife Becky and his two sons, Carter and Trevor. In his spare time, Shane enjoys camping, fishing, pheasant hunting and riding four-wheeler as well as spending time with his family and friends.  Shane can be contacted at 507.420.3887 or swilson@proteinsources.com
 
 
Steve Kastning has been with Protein Sources since 2004 and is a key member of our management team overseeing sow farm production. Steve has had a lifelong farm background and came to Protein Sources with experience as a gestation manager and a farrowing manager.  Steve grew up in the Truman, MN area and after Truman High School went on to graduate from Southwestern Technical College in Total Quality Transformation. Steve now lives in rural Amboy and in his spare time loves to hunt and shoot sporting clay. Steve has one son, Josh, and is enjoying being a new grandpa.  Steve can be contacted at 507.340.7745 or skastning@proteinsources.com
 
 
John Hollerich, CPA, Partner, has been a Controller at Protein Sources LLP since 2006. John oversees the financial accounting, reporting and analysis for a number of the sow farms managed by the Company. John is originally from the rural Amboy, MN area where he helped his dad and the FitzSimmons’ on their farms throughout his school years. He now resides in Mapleton, MN. John is a 1996 graduate of Maple River High School, and a 2000 graduate of the University of St. Thomas.  Prior to working for Protein Sources, John was a manager with the public accounting firm Wipfli, LLP. He specialized in individual and small business taxation, as well as financial institutions and manufacturing businesses. During his time at Wipfli, he also worked with a core group of employees and transitioned the entire firm to a paperless environment. John is a member and bookkeeper on the finance council of his church, St. Joseph Catholic Church of Good Thunder, and sits on the finance committee of The Well Youth Center, the Board of Directors for the Maple River AAA Foundation, and the Board of Directors for the Mapleton Community Home.   John can be contacted at 507.995.4228 or jhollerich@proteinsources.com
 
Geniene Scherer, CPA, CISA, MBA works with Protein Sources as a Management Consultant. Geniene grew up on a farm in the Kenyon area where her family raised Polled Hereford cattle and Arabian horses. She graduated from Kenyon High School and received a business and accounting degree from the University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management. She is a Certified Public Accountant, a Certified Information Systems Auditor and has her Masters in Business Administration from the University of St. Thomas. Geniene has worked with the State of Minnesota’s Office of the Legislative Auditor, Securian Financial Group, Premier Business Partners, Inc., and InterDyn BMI in the areas of auditing, accounting and financial analysis, management consulting, human resources, meeting facilitation and project management. In her spare time, Geniene enjoys family activities, reading and travel. Geniene can be contacted at 507.649.1885 or genieneb@charter.net
  Dr. Lori Feldmann, DVM joined the Protein Sources Management Team as a Veterinarian in 2009. Lori grew up on a farrow-to-finish hog operation in Northeast Iowa and now resides in rural Amboy, MN. She graduated from Ellsworth Community College with a degree in Biotechnology in 2004 and from Iowa State University with her DVM in 2009. She is currently a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Association of Swine Veterinarians and the Blue Earth County Pork Producers. In her free time, Lori enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter, helping take care of their 21 apple trees, reading, baking, and sewing.  Lori can be contacted at 507.720.2045 or lfeldmann@proteinsources.com