Meet the

Chicken

Experts

With decades of experience, the Egg Innovations leadership team are the chicken experts. Through research, experience, and dedication, we have become the leaders in ethical animal treatment and regenerative agriculture.

JOHN BRUNNQUELL

PhD, President & CEO

A third-generation farmer and entrepreneur. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin at Madison with a Bachelor’s degree in Agronomy and Master’s degree in Poultry Science. His research has resulted in patents for both fat and cholesterol reduction in shell eggs. John recently earned his PhD in Avian Ethology at the University of Kentucky, where he focused on the study of natural chicken behaviors. John founded Egg Innovations in 1999, and has grown the business steadily to become the largest supplier of only free range and pasture raised eggs. He serves on numerous industry boards and committees, and has been recognized for his volunteer work, including being inducted into the Wisconsin 4-H Hall of Fame and named an Outstanding Alumni of the University of Wisconsin. He and his wife Cathy were selected as the United States’ Outstanding Young Farmers by both the American Farm Bureau Federation and the National Jaycees Organization. John has served as past President of the Wisconsin Agricultural Alumni Association, The Wisconsin 4-H Foundation, and Organic Egg Farmers of America.

CATHY BRUNNQUELL

VP of Credit & Consumer Relations

Attended the University of Wisconsin Madison. She has spent the last 20 years in a variety of roles with the company in addition to being involved in various agricultural organizations. She joins the senior management team taking an active role in strategic planning and enhancing the customer experience at Egg Innovations.

BRIAN KLEPKE

Vice President of Operations

Bio pending

JOHN HORNBOSTEL

VP of Sustainability & Milling

Graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a degree in Agricultural Economics and Journalism; and an MBA from Bowling Green State University. John’s career includes over 20 years of work in advertising, public relations, manufacturing, and international business development. His global clients have included Toyota, Ford, and a variety of agricultural equipment manufacturers. John joined Egg Innovations in January of 2012.

STEVE LAQUA

VP of Business Development

Attended St. John’s University and Capella University, graduating summa cum laude with a degree in Business Management, with an emphasis in Leadership. Steve’s 25+ year career in the CPG industry has been focused primarily on food, working for a variety of companies including; Bimbo Bakeries/Sara Lee, Schwan’s Company, and Sparboe Foods. Areas of focus include Sales, Marketing, Customer Strategy, and Business Development. Steve joined Egg Innovations in March 2020.

STEVE HAGOPIAN

VP of Sales and Marketing

Graduated from Westminster College in Fulton, MO with a degree in Political Science. Steve has made his career in the Consumer Products Industry, working for Procter & Gamble, Quaker Oats, Ralston Purina, Ralcorp Holdings, and Vi-Jon Laboratories, along with starting his own Private Label food company with three partners, in 1998. He has specialized in Sales and Marketing throughout his career. Steve joined Egg Innovations in January of 2009.

JOSH VANDUSEN

Vice President Finance and Administration

Bio Pending

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