Mark Patranella, David Jones, and Chuck Riley are the 2017 inductees into the Dairy Products Institute of Texas Hall of Fame.


Our first 2017 inductee into the Dairy Products Institute of Texas Hall Of Fame is Mark Patranella.


From Left to Right: Mark Compere, Mark Patranella

Mark Alan Patranella was born and raised in Bryan Texas and graduated from Texas A & M University in May, 1982, with a degree in Agricultural Economics. He began at Blue Bell Creameries in May, 1982, as Purchasing Agent and was named Manager of Purchasing and Receiving in February, 1993. (35 yrs at Blue Bell).

Mark is Past President and member of Brenham Noon Lions Club, Past President of Brenham Gun and Rod Club, and Past President of Washington County A&M Club.

Past Secretary - Washington County Chamber of Commerce Blue Blazers
Past Director - Washington County Chamber of Commerce
Past President/Coach - Washington County Little League
Past Officer - Brenham High School Athletic Booster Club
Past Board Member - First Baptist Church School

2012 he was inducted into Tyrus Timm Honor Registry of Former Students, Department of Agricultural Economics, Texas A&M University.

Mark and wife Debbie have been married 36 years. Their Son and Daughter in Law are Mason and Kaci Patranella, Grandson is Kyle.

Mark’s Hobbies are Hunting, fishing, and following Aggie Sports. He also enjoys spending time on the family farm in Brazos County.

Mark is a longtime Active member of Dairy Products Institute of Texas, (About 25 years), serving as past Chairman and as a Board member since 1995-1996 and I know he attended DPI outings prior to that.


Our second 2017 inductee into the Dairy Products Institute of Texas Hall Of Fame is David Jones.


From Left to Right: Mark Compere, David Jones

David grew up on a dairy in Franklinton, Louisiana. After graduating from LSU he began a career in the dairy industry working for Dairymen Inc. He held various positions with DI in Louisiana and North Carolina until the merger with Mid-Am when he relocated to Kansas City.

He moved to Texas in 98' when Mid-Am and AMPI merged with two other regional cooperatives to form Dairy Farmers of America. As Senior VP and Chief Operating Officer he gave oversight to both the Southwest and for a short period the Mountain regions of DFA.

During his tenure here he was instrumental in creating the Greater Southwest Agency, served on the Board of Southwest Cheese, and facilitated the expansion of balancing plants and transportation equipment as production in the area tripled in volume. He retired at the end of last year.

David has been Chairman of DPI and on the Board of Directors since 1998.

He and his wife, Melinda have moved to North Carolina where they can be close to their two daughters and five grandchildren.


Our third 2017 inductee into the Dairy Products Institute of Texas Hall Of Fame is Chuck Riley.


From Left to Right: Mark Compere, Chuck Riley

Chuck was born in Plainview, Tx in 1949. The family relocated to Irving, Tx. in 1955 where he attended school grades 1-12. Graduating from Texas A & M University in 1971 with a BS Degree in Animal Science and completing 4 years in the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets, he was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant as a Chemical Officer and stationed and served at Ft. McClellan, Al., and Ft. Sill, OK.

Chuck married Sherry Sandlin and raised two children, Matt and Deborah, both adults living in DFW area.

He begin his working career with Armour Foods in Quality Assurance and Production Management. He then joined Frito-Lay, Inc. and worked for 5 years in the Semi-Work Division of R&D Group managing all Quality Assurance activities at the 3 plants in this Division.

Setting his sights on sales to the Food Processing Industry, he was hired by BASF Wyandotte (Later becoming Diversey-Wyandotte Chemical Specialties Company). He worked for DW 11 years covering Texas and 6 other states as Territory Mgr., District Sales Mgr., and Regional Sales Mgr.

Chuck joined Waukesha Cherry Burrell Process Equipment Company and for 10 years was District Sales Manager covering Tx., Ok., Ar., & Mo. Waukesha was purchased by SPX and he took an early retirement package and briefly worked with a Waukesha Distributor in DFW area, before joining Chr. Hansen, Inc. supplying cultures, enzymes, natural colors and dairy flavors to the Dairy Processing Industry for 10 yrs.

Chuck has 2 wonderful Granddaughters, Chloe, who is almost 6 yrs. old and Riley, who is 4. They both attend Legacy Christian Academy in Frisco, TX. Chuck says, “Chloe and Riley are the joy of my live.”

Chuck was offered a job at Harvill Industries in Dallas 18 months ago where he wanted to go back to his 1st love of Food Processing Equipment Sales. He hopes he has left in him one more successful sales territory to build.

He loves the Sales Process, building trust with clients and prospects and providing equipment solutions to help them provide high-quality products to their customers at the best price unit they can achieve.

Chuck says, As Willie Nelson says, “Woke up this morning, still not dead.” Hope to continue as many future mornings as possible.


N. Dale Finch, Connie Tipton, and Marvin Carr are the 2016 inductees into the Dairy Products Institute of Texas Hall of Fame.


From Left to Right: Mark Compere, N. Dale Finch, Connie Tipton, Marvin Carr, Chairman Glen Harrington


Our first 2016 inductee into the Dairy Products Institute of Texas Hall Of Fame is N. Dale Finch.


Dale’s career began in the Dairy Industry at Texas Tech in 1961 under the teaching of Dr. Willingham, Dr. Peeples and Max Miller and finished with Dairy Foods of America working with David Jones in 2002.  After Texas Tech, he went to Michigan State University and graduated with a Master of Science under Dr. Stine. Other men that helped with his degree were Dr. Harmon, Dr. Trout, Bob Bradley and Lee Blakely. 

Earl Collins of Bell Dairy had purchased Creamland Dairies just before Dale graduated from MSU and he worked there with James Collins.  In 1978 Dean Foods purchased the Southwest companies of Bell, Creamland, Price’s and Baskin Robbins Southwest. He was moved to Dean Foods Corporate in Chicago in 1984 and became Vice President of Sales and Marketing for the dairy companies throughout the United States and Baskin Robbins Southwest and Northern BR companies.  Ken Douglas and Howard Dean were at that time CEO and President respectively. After Dean he worked for Mike Cameron of Seattle, Washington. Then Hugh Preston of Preston Milk of Burkburnet asked him to partner with him and Dale brought Jim Graham into the organization as President.  Joe Gore and David Beane hired Dale as President to work with Mickey Williams, General Manager, of Pure Milk in Waco.

Dale has said numerous times “There have been so many wonderful people that were invaluably instrumental in his 41 year career that he wishes he could name every last one.”

He and his wife Mary of 55 years have retired to the Finch Family Farm that was started by his great grandparents where they raise registered polled Herefords.


Our second 2016 inductee into the Dairy Products Institute of Texas Hall Of Fame is Connie Tipton.


Connie Tipton has been a senior executive of The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) for nearly 35 years and was named President and CEO in January 2004. She joined the organization staff in 1981. During her tenure, Connie has led successful legislative campaigns to lessen government involvement in regulations that reduce dairy product marketability. She also assisted in passing legislation to create the famous "milk mustache" campaign and helped to launch such well-known programs as the Annual Capitol Hill Ice Cream Party.

Connie also has served on numerous committees and boards related to agriculture and trade policy with special emphasis on dairy and sugar policies. Her leadership at IDFA, as well as within other organizations representing food, agriculture, business political activity, manufacturing and the Capitol Hill community, has enhanced IDFA’s strong position for representing its members before Congress and administrative agencies, and bolstered the role that IDFA plays in the trade association community.

During her long career serving the dairy foods industry, Connie has been recognized for her achievements in many areas. In 2015, she was awarded the George Washington Spirit Award, which celebrates individuals who demonstrate outstanding leadership qualities, for her contributions to her profession and community. In 2014, the Bryce Harlow Foundation honored Connie by selecting her to receive its Business-Government Relations Award. In 2009, Connie was named Association Executive of the Year by Association Trends magazine, and in 2002, she was identified by two Capitol Hill publications as one of the top trade association lobbyists in Washington.

Originally from Ohio, Connie studied journalism at Ohio State University before moving to Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., where she has resided for more than 40 years.


Our third 2016 inductee into the Dairy Products Institute of Texas Hall Of Fame is Marvin Carr.


Marvin has worked 47 years in the Dairy Industry, 16 years of these were in Ice Cream and Milk Processing and 31 years in Engineering, Sales and Installation.

His journey started in 1969 in Wichita Falls, Texas. He entered into a training program with Carnation Company. Within 18 months, he was promoted to Ice Cream Plant Manager. In 1974 - he was transferred to Tulsa, Oklahoma as Plant Manager of the Ice Cream Department. In 1978 - he was transferred to Oakland, California as Ice Cream Plant Manager.

Marvin worked with Southland Corporation from 1979 to 1985. He was Ice Cream Plant Manager in Miami, Florida at Velda Farms – Milk Plant Manager in Winter Haven, Florida at Velda Farms and then Milk Plant Manger at Velda Farms in Miami, Florida. Marvin was transferred to Specialty Products in McKinney, Texas as Plant Manager and was later promoted to Operations Manager.

In 1985 Marvin left the processing side and entered into engineering and installation. He worked for Alloy Equipment as Process Engineer until 1987.

Marvin started working at APV Crepaco in Irving, Texas. He spent 10 years as Process Engineer in Dairy Processing and Ammonia Refrigeration.

In 1997 Marvin moved to Crouch Engineering as Senior Process Engineer. In 2005 he was promoted to Vice President of Engineering. Marvin is currently managing Crouch Supply Co, Inc and Crouch Engineering.

Marvin has been involved in the Texas Longhorns, TAMFES and DPI. He is a past President of the Texas Longhorns. Marvin has been married to his wife Corliss for 48 years. They have two children, son Gary Carr and wife Edi, daughter Tracy McCown and husband Ron McCown. They have five grandchildren, Shiloh, Chelsi, Garett, Sheldon and Nathan.

Marvin serves as a Deacon in his Church.

His hobbies are fishing, camping, and spending time with his family.


Ron Fields and Joe Gomez are the 2015 Inductees into the Dairy Products Institute of Texas Hall of Fame.


Our first 2015 inductee into the Dairy Products Institute of Texas Hall Of Fame is Ron Fields.


Ron has an extensive 40 plus year history in the dairy industry, including sales, processing, distribution, employee management, and full P&L responsibility. For the last 18 years, El Paso has been home. Ron was asked to become the General Manager for the family owned Farmers Dairies in 1997.  Farmers Dairies was sold to Select Milk Producers in 2006 and he was asked to remain as the General Manager, and since has been named General Manager and President for Farmers Select. 

Ron began his career in the dairy industry with the Dairy Division of the Southland Corporation. He went in to accept a position in Houston, only to be told the job would be in California with the Adohr Division. During the next eight years the following titles were held; Management Trainee, Economist, Sales Rep, Branch Manager, Intercompany Sales Manager, and Sales Manager for Northern California. For most of the title changes, a location change was necessary. The stops included the following California locations; Santa Ana, Southgate, San Jose, and finally San Francisco. He later worked for the Oak Farms Division of the Southland Corporation in Houston and San Antonio where he was the Operation Manager for Central and South Texas.

While students at Tarleton State University, Ron and Valerie were married in 1969 (About 46 years!) and have two daughters and seven grandchildren. 

Ron transferred to Texas Tech University and obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agricultural Economics. 

Ron has served on the Board of Directors for the Rotary Club, Chamber of Commerce, and Council of Arts. In addition, he was President of the Military Affairs Committee; he has received 2 Distinguished Service Awards from the Rotary Club, and was named the Chamber of Commerce Member of the Year. 

Ron has served as Treasurer and Chairman of the Dairy Products Institute of Texas and for the last 14 years on the Board of Directors.

 Ron, on behalf of DPI, thank you for your career and hard work in the Dairy Industry and thank you for your good work, support and participation in this Association. 


Our second inductee into the Dairy Products Institute of Texas Hall of Fame is Joe Gomez.


Joe started his career in the Dairy Industry in 1975 working at Creamland Dairy in Albuquerque, New Mexico and became plant manager there in 1986. He was plant manager at Producers Dairy in California from 2001-2004. Since 2004, he has been with Crest Foods as District Sales Manager.

Joe attended the University of New Mexico for 2 semesters and said “I majored in partying which apparently I was very good at.”  He graduated from the University of Phoenix with a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration and a Masters Degree in Organizational Management.

Joe has been married to Cathy for 35 years and they have 3 children, Paul, Michael Leigh and Christopher. They have 8 grand children, 4 step grandchildren, and 1 dog.

In addition to a 40 year career so far in the dairy Industry, Joe has been a long time participant and supporter of our Association, including as Treasuer, Vice President, and President of the Longhorns, and a member of the board of directors.

Joe, on behalf of DPI, thank you for your career and hard work in the Dairy Industry and thank you for the support and participation in this Association. 


Bill Armstrong and Ronnie Liedtke are the 2014 Inductees into the Dairy Products Institute of Texas Hall of Fame.


Our first 2014 inductee into the Dairy Products Institute of Texas Hall Of Fame is Bill Armstrong.


Beginning on his parents and grandparents dairy farms, Bill began his dairy career early in life. Learning many of the milking and sustainable farming skills prior to entering high school, he became extremely interested in agricultural studies and participated in most opportunities offered by the Future Farmers of America's  high school program.

When asked by his advisor, " What do you want to do after high school?" Bill responded by saying "Continuing to milk cows is NOT an option". His advisor discussed majoring in Dairy Manufacturing and Bill's interest was raised when he was assured "no milking of cattle".

Beginning the summer after high school graduation , Bill started his college training and continued until he received his BS and MS from TAMU and Purdue Universities in Dairy and Food Science. 

Completing his US Army obligation, his first dairy manufacturing job was with Schreiber Foods where in received promotions to Corporate Director of Manufacturing in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

After leaving his Texas home for 20 years, an opportunity presented itself in Dallas, Texas, to become Chief Operations Officer with TCBY (The Country's Best Yogurt) manufacturing company, Americana Foods. 

These were exciting times managing the construction and operation of a mix, ice cream and novelty plant producing truck loads of finished goods for distribution in all 50 states and many foreign countries. 

When TCBY was sold, Bill took a brief pause before joining Lone Star Milk Producers as their Manufacturing Officer where he has served for 12 years coordinating with customers and milk co-operatives in the manufacture and sale of dairy commodities.

Beginning in May, Bill and Melissa will devote their full efforts to their ranching business near the original dairy farm where Bill's dairy career began. 

Bill has been a long time DPI Board Member with both Americana Foods and Lone Star Milk Producers, retiring from our board this year.

Bill, on behalf of DPI, thank you for your career and hard work in the Dairy Industry and for your support and participation in this Association. 


Our second inductee into the Dairy Products Institute of Texas Hall of Fame is Ronnie Liedtke.


Ronnie was born and raised in Gainesville, TX.

He graduated from Gainesville High School in 1971 where he was a 3 year letterman in football and baseball, student body president, and a member of the National Honor Society (graduating 3rd in his class). 

Ronnie graduated Magna Cum Laude from Texas A&M in 1975 with a BS in Dairy Manufacturing. He was a member of Alpha Zeta, an agricultural honor society, and Beta Sigma Phi, a food science honor society. Ronnie was one of the recipients of the Merit Award as the Outstanding Student in the College of Agriculture. 

He worked his way through A&M. During the school months, he worked for the Dairy section for 3 years. He was the first employee for H.E. Randolph & Associates , doing the lab work in Henry's garage. During his senior year, Ronnie worked at nights for Lilly Ice Cream in Bryan, TX. For summer jobs, he worked for Oak Farms in Dallas and Safeway in Garland, TX. 

After graduation, Ronnie spent the next 21 years on the manufacturing side. He worked for 

Kroger in St. Louis (now MidStates Dairy)

Gilt Edge Dairy in Norman, OK (now Hiland Dairy)

Southland Corporation/Morningstar at Oak Farms Dallas, Oak Farms San Antonio and Specialty Foods in a Sulphur Springs, TX.

The Dannon Company in Ft. Worth

17 years ago, Ronnie went to the other side - Sales. He is the president of 3B Packaging & Ingredients, Inc and represents several DPI Associate members

Silgan PCS ( formerly Portola Packaging and IPEC)

Lyons Magnus

Star Kay White

 International Food Products (formerly Dairy House)

Ronnie is a past president of the Texas Longhorns for DPI of Texas. He is a member of the Texas Association for Food Protection and the Missouri Dairy Products Association. 

Ronnie is married to Jan Dowell Liedtke. Her father said they have a mixed marriage since Jan went to Baylor and Ronnie is an Aggie! But that is another story. 

They have 3 children and 6 grandkids. Their son , Aaron, lives in Ft. Worth with his wife, Andrea, and daughters, Lou (4) and Cora (1).  Lee and his wife, Jennifer, live in Mansfield, TX  with their children, Kylie (8) and Blane (5). Their daughter, Lauren, lives in Dublin, Ireland with her husband, Chris, and sons, Nate (3) and Alex (2). 

Ronnie has been associated with the Texas Dairy Industry over 40 years and has been a long time supporter and participant in DPI.  It is my pleasure and honor to induct Ronnie Liedtke into the Dairy Products Institute of Texas Hall of Fame.




Gene Wright and Gary Elliott are the 2013 inductees into the Dairy Products Institute of Texas Hall of Fame.