Steve Venenga is the vice president of marketing for Grocery Products for Hormel Foods in Austin, Minn.
In his role, Venenga is responsible for managing all brand-building marketing activities, including the associated marketing budget and new product development activities. He also manages the profit-and-loss statement of the Grocery Products division and develops a staff of marketing product managers. He assumed his current role in 2016.
Venenga joined the company in 1996 when he joined Jennie-O Turkey Store as a product marketing manager. He subsequently held several marketing positions within the company. With more than 20 years of combined experience in food-product marketing at both Hormel Foods and Jennie-O Turkey Store, Venenga was involved with the brand integration of the Jennie-O Turkey Store® brand and a number of retail product launches, including Jennie-O Turkey Store®Oven Ready™ turkeys and Jennie-O Turkey Store® turkey burgers. In 2011, Venenga was named vice president of meat products marketing, where he successfully led the segment to achieve strong growth for brands such as Hormel® Black Label® bacon, Hormel® Natural Choice® meats and Hormel® pepperoni, and oversaw the successful launch of Hormel® REV® wraps.
Venenga was the founding chairman of the company’s Diversity and Inclusion Council and is a member of the board of directors for Jennie-O Turkey Store and MegaMex Foods, Inc.
He earned a master’s degree in business administration in marketing and finance from the University of Iowa (Iowa City, Iowa) after graduating from Simpson College (Indianola, Iowa) with a bachelor’s degree in management and economics.
He and his wife, Kimber, enjoy spending time with their two children.