Richard L. Knowlton

Former President & Chief Executive Officer at The Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans

Richard L. Knowlton

Richard L. Knowlton

Former President & Chief Executive Officer at The Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans

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THE HORMEL FOUNDATION
Hormel Foods Corporation
The Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans

Number of Boards

14

Birthday

1933

Death Date

02/01/2019

Age

86

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Richard L. Knowlton
Former President & Chief Executive Officer at The Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans
Education
BA in Geography & Economics
Class of 1954

The University of Colorado advances the economy, health and culture of Colorado and beyond, educating more than 435,000 students who have become catalysts in business, arts, health and community growth. CU’s four campuses feature top-tier faculty and hands-on learning opportunities in an environment where students thrive.

Career History
Chief Executive Officer
Prior

The Hormel Foundation is a non-profit organization that was established in 1941 by George A. Hormel and Jay C. Hormel. The organization was incorporated for religious, charitable, scientific, literary and education purposes. It was formed to support the Hormel Institute which is a research body of the University of Minnesota.

Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
1956 - 1995

Our founder, George A. Hormel held a strong commitment to quality, which was based on providing his customers a superior product that would keep them coming back for more. This vision is kept alive with products that retain the quality and flavor of the first products he offered. Today, our innovative products are a flavorful part of breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and party solutions—all created with convenience in mind to accommodate the busy schedule of you and your family. From the beginning, George was concerned about waste and cleanliness in the process of making great food products. In keeping with his high standards, Hormel Foods has been recognized for quality, safety and employee training. As a responsible steward of the environment, we have set goals to reduce the impact we have on the environment we all share. In addition,Hormel Foods is active through the Hormel Foods Charitable Trust, which focuses its community giving on education, hunger and health. We invite you to become more familiar with the diverse array of wholesome and great-tasting foods that are part of the Hormel brand—as relevant, delicious and high-quality as ever.

President & Chief Executive Officer
Prior

The Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans is a nonprofit organization based in Alexandria, Virginia, that was founded in 1947 to honor the achievements of outstanding Americans who have succeeded in spite of adversity and to emphasize the importance of higher education. The association is named for Horatio Alger, a 19th-century author of hundreds of dime novels in the "rags-to-riches" genre, extolling the importance of perseverance and hard work. The association gives the annual Horatio Alger Award to exemplars of its ideals. It also grants scholarships, and describes itself as the largest provider of need-based scholarships in the United States. All scholarships are funded by the generosity of the members of the Horatio Alger Association.

Boards & Committees
Independent Director
2007 - 2012

FutureFuel Corp. engages in the development, manufacture, and marketing of biofuels and specialty chemicals. It operates through the Chemicals and Biofuels segment. The Chemicals segment produces chemical products that are sold to third party customers. The Biofuels segment includes the manufacture and market of biodiesel, including biodiesel blends with petrodiesel, petrodiesel with no biodiesel added, RINs, biodiesel production byproducts and the purchase and sale of other petroleum products. The company was founded by Lee E. Mikles and Paul Anthony Novelly on August 12, 2005 and is headquartered in Clayton, MO.

Director
2000 - 2005

Voya Financial, Inc. is a retirement, investment, and insurance company, which engages in the provision of financial services. It operates through the following segments: Retirement, Investment Management, Individual Life, and Employee Benefits. The Retirement segment offers tax-deferred, employer-sponsored retirement savings plans and administrative services. The Investment Management segment includes domestic and international fixed income, equity, multi-asset and alternative investment products and solutions. The Individual Life segment provides universal and variable life insurance products. The Employee Benefits segment is comprised of stop loss, group life, voluntary employee-paid, and disability products to mid-sized and large businesses. The company was founded on April 7, 1999 and is headquartered in New York, NY.

Director
1994 - 2005

SUPERVALU® is a leader in the grocery retailing industry. We are a grocery and pharmacy company serving a wide range of customers in neighborhoods nationwide, through stores ranging from hard discount to traditional and premium grocery formats. SUPERVALU reaches millions of families with the products and services they need through owned, licensed, franchised and affiliated stores. A tradition of fresh thinking - that's how SUPERVALU® approaches an ever-changing market. SUPERVALU's 135 years of food logistics innovation, coupled with our established retail expertise, gives us a unique blend of capabilities and a highly complementary business model that's unlocking new opportunities. Through innovation and focus, SUPERVALU has grown into a retail network of more than 2,400 stores. We also serve more than 4,300 retail end points via our supply chain and support services. Since 1870, the enduring mission of our approximately 135,000 employees has been to serve our customers better than anyone else could serve them

Chairman of the Board
Prior

The Hormel Foundation is a non-profit organization that was established in 1941 by George A. Hormel and Jay C. Hormel. The organization was incorporated for religious, charitable, scientific, literary and education purposes. It was formed to support the Hormel Institute which is a research body of the University of Minnesota.

Member, Board of Directors
Prior

The Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans is a nonprofit organization based in Alexandria, Virginia, that was founded in 1947 to honor the achievements of outstanding Americans who have succeeded in spite of adversity and to emphasize the importance of higher education. The association is named for Horatio Alger, a 19th-century author of hundreds of dime novels in the "rags-to-riches" genre, extolling the importance of perseverance and hard work. The association gives the annual Horatio Alger Award to exemplars of its ideals. It also grants scholarships, and describes itself as the largest provider of need-based scholarships in the United States. All scholarships are funded by the generosity of the members of the Horatio Alger Association.

Chairman of the Board
Prior
Political Donations
$2,100
2007

Senator at Office of the Senator from Utah, Mitt Romney

$1,000
1999

Former President of United States

$300
1997

Former Representative at Minnesota House of Representatives

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