Meet Our Team of Experts
The trū Shrimp team pushes the boundaries of shrimp aquaculture every day. Though the team consists of a variety of backgrounds we all share the common goal of providing safe and abundant shrimp for the world.
President & CEO
Michael Ziebell has brought a highly strategic approach to The trū Shrimp Company. With many years of executive, strategic and marketing management experience, Mr. Ziebell leads the trū Shrimp team to a shared vision of the future. His 22 years with Schwan’s Company and 6 years leading a manufacturing company provides his foundation to lead the creation of the world’s first fully integrated shrimp company.
Mr. Ziebell earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside and a Masters of Business Administration from Minnesota’s own University of St. Thomas.
Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Vold will oversee trū Shrimp’s financial systems and processes and will be instrumental in leading future capital raises for the financing of Luverne Bay Harbor and future Harbors to come.
Most recently, Mr. Vold served as SVP, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of Gander Mountain Company, a multi-channel outdoor lifestyle retailer. Prior to Gander Mountain Company, Mr. Vold spent 17 years in positions of increasing responsibility at Norstand Inc., including CFO.
Mr. Vold holds a degree in accounting from the University of North Dakota.
Dr. Bruce Paterson
Chief Technical Officer
Dr. Paterson oversees all scientific and technical activities of trū Shrimp.
Dr. Paterson has a wealth of experience in the food and protein industry. He has worked at Hormel, Schwan’s and most recently Essentia Protein Solutions. At Hormel he was deeply involved in the development of their fresh and processed meat products. At Schwan’s he served as Vice President of Research and Development commercializing hundreds of new products.
Dr. Paterson earned his B.S. and M.S. at South Dakota State University. He earned his PhD. in Meat and Animal Science from Iowa State University.
Michael (Andy) Easley
Director of Human Resources
Mr. Easley directs the human resource activities of trū Shrimp as it prepares for construction and staffing of Luverne Bay Harbor and its various dependencies. Mr. Easley also has the responsibility to coordinate trū Shrimp and Ralco human resource practices to support a shared culture and mission.
Mr. Easley earned a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and a Masters of Business Administration from Clemson University.
Director of Operations & Government Relations
Mr. Gervais serves in a critical hands-on role as Director of Operations & Government Relations. He works daily to improve operational systems, processes and policies in support of trū Shrimp. Additionally, Mr. Gervais builds relationships with vendors and explores opportunities with commercial producers and processors.
Mr. Gervais previously served 14 years as Executive Director of the Economic Development Authority in Tracy, Minnesota.
Dr. Misael Rosales
Assistant Technical Director
Dr. Misael Rosales places a key focus on shrimp growth & overall health as Assistant Technical Director. Dr. Rosales brings valuable experience from his previous roles at a shrimp laboratory in Sonora, Mexico and his time at the Fish Nutrition Laboratory and Aquacultural Research and Teaching Facility of Texas A&M University.
Dr. Rosales graduated from the Universidad de Sonora in June 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in biology with emphasis in aquaculture. Dr. Rosales completed his doctoral research in the experimental station of the trū Shrimp Company and graduated from Texas A&M University in December 2017 with a Ph.D. in wildlife and fisheries sciences.
Director of Habitat & Microbiology
As Director of Habitat & Microbiology, Ms. Landsman collects and analyzes data to improve production processes and refine procedures for future Harbor operations. Ms. Landsman has over 11 years of experience in a pharmaceutical setting formulating vaccine products and managing a viral production line.
Ms. Landsman earned her Bachelor of Science in chemistry with a minor in biology from South Dakota State University.
Lisa Broderius, M.S.
Water Chemistry Manager
Ms. Broderius focuses her efforts in the water quality and animal health laboratories as Water Chemistry Manager with trū Shrimp. She examines and maintains the water quality throughout the systems, as well as assessing shrimp growth and health.
Ms. Broderius received her Bachelor of Science in environmental science with an emphasis in hydrology from Bemidji State University. She earned her Masters of Science in geology from University of Minnesota-Duluth.
Senior Process Engineer
In the role of Senior Process Engineer for trū Shrimp, Mr. Gross is refining methods for shrimp harvest, processing and packaging. Thorough testing and analysis has allowed Mr. Gross to make design enhancements to improve water quality and shrimp harvest efficiency for trū Shrimp Harbors.
Mr. Gross has nearly 20 years of experience in engineering, project management, process and product development. Mr. Gross earned a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from South Dakota School of Mines and Technology.
Sr. Business Systems Analyst
In the role of Senior Business Systems Analyst, Dan Radel is responsible for the complete Information Technologies (IT) life-cycle while enabling future growth with a fully integrated system.
From 2004-2017, Mr. Radel held multiple positions within IT at Schwan’s Shared Services, LLC. Dan graduated from Southwest Minnesota State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Management, and has over 20 years of experience in IT.
Ms. Brink-Thordson is charged with strategic market planning, development of go-to market brands and ongoing marketing planning for trū Shrimp as the Brand Manager. She has over 10 years of experience in food marketing, brand and message development, and new business ventures.
Ms. Brink-Thordson graduated from Southwest Minnesota State University in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science in marketing and a Bachelor of Science in business management. She received her MBA from St. Cloud State University in 2009.
Board of Directors
To support its mission of sustaining a growing global population with healthy, clean shrimp, the trū Shrimp team has established a Board of Director team to provide leadership and guidance.
Chairman of the Board of Directors
Member of the Audit Committee
President & Chief Executive Officer of Ralco
President & Chief Executive Officer of The trū Shrimp Company
President Emeritus of Ralco
Director; Chairman of the Audit Committee
Chief Procurement Officer at Schwan’s Company
Director; Member of the Audit Committee
Chairman of the Board of Eagle Energy, LLC