As executive vice president and president of Hormel Foods business units, Steve Binder is responsible for the company’s Refrigerated Foods and Grocery Products reporting segments, and consumer products sales (CPS).
Binder joined Hormel Foods in 1979 and progressed through numerous sales and management positions within the foodservice and meat products groups. In 1993, he became regional sales manager of the foodservice group. In 1996, he advanced to director of sales for the foodservice group, responsible for hiring, training and managing the company’s direct sales representatives and food broker network. In 1998, he was named vice president of the foodservice group, responsible for overseeing the growth, profitability and strategic direction of the division.
In 2000, Binder was named group vice president of the foodservice group and was appointed group vice president of Refrigerated Foods in 2007. He was named executive vice president of Refrigerated Foods in 2010 and assumed his current position in 2011.
Binder earned a bachelor of science degree in business administration from Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall, Minn. He attended the management executive program at the Carlson School of Business, University of Minnesota in Minneapolis in 1998. In 2008, he completed the advanced management program at Harvard Business School (Cambridge, Mass.).
He serves as executive vice president of Hormel Foods Sales LLC; a board member of the Austin Area Foundation; and a member of the Austin Rotary Club.