Ag Alumnus Finds Success in the Family Business
- Hometown: Los Angeles
- Major: Animal husbandry
- Class Of: 1963
For Marty Evanson, the meat business has always been the family business. His father was a meat distributor in Los Angeles, and after graduating with a degree in animal husbandry in 1963, Evanson ventured into the meat packing house industry. Sixteen years later, in 1979, he and a couple of friends founded Jobbers Meat Packing Co. and Ice Cold Storage Co., both headquartered in Vernon.
Currently, Jobbers, through its subsidiary WilMar Ground Meat, provides a million pounds of ground beef per week to retailers, food service companies and restaurant distributors in California, Arizona and Nevada. Evanson is Chairman of the Board of the North American Meat Association and the 2014 recipient of the Richard Knowlton Award.
Throughout the years of success, Evanson has not forgotten his alma mater. He sits on the College of Agriculture Dean’s Council, and in 2013, pledged $100,000 to support an endowed scholarship for undergraduate animal science students who demonstrate financial need.