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November 30, 2021

Executive Compensation at the National Pork Producers Council (2019)

by Anne Paddock

The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) is a non-profit, tax-exempt 501 (c) (5) – an agricultural organization that can make unlimited corporate, individual, or union contributions – that also owns a for-profit corporation called the American Pork Export and Trading Company, whose focus is on the export of pork.

Based in Des Moines, Iowa (with an office in Washington, DC), NPPC represents 42 affiliated state associations that promote pork (there are 60,000 pork producers with Smithfield being the largest, that raise and slaughter about 130 million hogs annually – about 1 hog for every 3 people in the US).

The NPPC raises about $17 million annually (mostly through contributions; only $2 million comes from membership dues and $3 million from trade shows) and spends about $15 million annually with their 5 largest expenses reported to be: compensation ($5 million), payments to affiliates ($4 million), travel and conferences ($2 million), office-related expenses ($2 million), and lobbying and PAC ($2 million).  In other words, most revenue is spent supporting an office, paying staff, travel and conferences, and lobbying.

Compensation is the largest expense for NPPC with 39 employees receiving nearly $5 million in 2019, which equates to an average compensation of $121,000. However, only 7 employees received more than $100,000 in compensation with the 6 most highly compensated employees reported to be:

  • $543,780: Nicholas Giordano, VP/Counsel, Gov’t/Int Affairs
  • $450,749: Neil Dierks, CEO
  • $316,639: Dallas Hockman, VP/Industry Relations
  • $253,642: Michael Formica, AVP, Domestic Affairs
  • $210,482: James Monroe, AVP, Communications
  • $207,824: Elizabeth Wagstrom, Chief Veterinarian

5 of the 6 (83%) most highly compensated employees are male, while 1 of the 6 (17%) is a female. In addition, it is important to note NPPC is governed by a 15 member Board of Directors, 11 of whom are independent. The Form 990 (2018) reports 15 directors, 13 of whom are male while 2 are female (note:  The Form 990 does not report gender; determinations were made based on names and google searches).

To read the IRS Form 990 (2019), click here.

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