Employee Spotlight: Aaron Fopma
posted on Monday, June 11, 2018
“I remember the fire at Stumme Sow Farm that burned down the post breeding barn,” recalled Aaron Fopma. “It was amazing to see how many people came together to help put the fire out and get the cleanup accomplished. Our company always pulls together and gets things done, especially in a time of crisis.”
Throughout the 22 years that he’s been with Iowa Select Farms, Aaron has witnessed, and been a part of, several exciting events. And luckily for Aaron, they haven’t all been fires.
“One of the biggest fist pumping moments of my career was when five of the farms I was supervising all made it into the Top 5 of Select Pride,” said Aaron. “Being able to help those farms improve production results and also help employees advance within the company to meet their personal goals has been very rewarding.”
Although he’s been a Sow Supervisor for multiple farms the past eleven years, Aaron started his career as an entry-level animal caretaker at Cadillac Sow Farm, near Webster City.
“When I first started, Tracy Borkowski was the farm’s supervisor and Dave Winters was managing the mini-stud at the farm,” he continued. “All three of us still work here, which I think speaks really highly of the company, our culture and opportunities for growth.”
In addition to the culture and opportunities for growth, Aaron appreciates the generosity of Iowa Select Farms, and has enjoyed seeing the company’s involvement in local communities increase substantially over the years.
“Handing out pork loins at Operation Christmas Meal is an incredible event to be a part of,” said Aaron. “Being able to make an instant, positive impact in someone’s life is extremely humbling and I’m grateful for the opportunities the company has allowed me to give back.”
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