Our Executive Leadership
President & Chief Executive Officer
Previously, Steve spent nearly 33 years with EY, including his final 16 years as managing partner of the Kansas City office and a member of EY’s executive committee for the Midwest area.
In addition to his duties at PBI-Gordon, Steve also serves as a director on the board of Ferrellgas Partners (NYSE: FGP), an American supplier of propane, and is as a member of the board of the Archdiocese of Northeast Kansas. He also serves on the finance committee of the Kansas City Symphony and as chair of the finance committee of Church of the Nativity. He is the former chairman of the board of both Cristo Rey High School and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
Steve holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration, finance and accounting from Texas Christian University. He has also completed strategic leadership programs at Harvard and Babson College. Steve is a member of both the Kansas and Missouri Society of CPAs, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the National Association of Corporate Directors.
Chief Financial Officer
Previously, Andrew was CFO for Health Outcomes Sciences, a private equity backed healthcare software company. He was also Vice President of Finance for private equity backed Willowbrook Partners prior to its sale to publicly traded EZCORP, Inc. Andrew’s career also includes public accounting (tax) as well as management roles in three Fortune 500 companies – Cerner Corp., Williams Companies, and AMR Corp.
Andrew graduated from Oral Roberts University with a bachelor degree of science in finance. An athlete on the ORU baseball team, Andrew was an NCAA Division I Academic All-American. He earned his Master of Business Administration degree at the University of Kansas. He is also a Certified Public Accountant.
Vice President of Human Resources
Sara Bass is Vice President of Human Resources for PBI-Gordon Companies, Inc. and its subsidiaries PBI-Gordon Corporation, Pegasus Laboratories, and Pet-Ag, Inc. She also serves on the company’s Executive Leadership Team. She joined the PBI-Gordon team in December 2017.
With more than 20 years of experience in human resources, talent acquisition, and benefits management, Sara was most recently vice president of human resources at Silpada Designs, and also served as the human resources executive for Smart Warehousing. Other notable stops in her career include HR positions with YRC Freight and BassPro.
Sara earned a bachelor’s degree in human development at Kansas State University and is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management. A champion of the community, she’s a supporter of Harvesters, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and The Salvation Army.
Vice President of Corporate Development
Rick Blomquist is Vice President of Corporate Development for PBI-Gordon Companies, Inc. Previously, he served as Vice President and General Manager of Pet-Ag, Inc., a subsidiary of PBI-Gordon Companies.
Rick joined the organization in June 2012 to lead the creation of the company’s over-the-counter animal health business unit. In 2013, he led the PBI-Gordon acquisition of Pet-Ag, the animal health industry’s leading neonate nutrition business. The acquisition laid the foundation for the new Pet-Ag business unit, and its subsequent growth has made Pet-Ag a leader in the animal health industry.
Rick has vast experience in both the companion animal and equine markets from a 29-year career with Farnam Companies where he served as president and CEO. He was also president of Consumer Branded Products for the Central Life Sciences division of Central Garden and Pet. Throughout his nearly three-decades with Farnam Companies, Rick led many of the company’s new product and business development initiatives and added numerous industry leading brands to their portfolio.
Rick earned a bachelor’s degree of science in business administration from the W.A. Franke College of Business at Northern Arizona University.
Dari Brown, Ph.D.
Vice President and General Manager of Pet-Ag, Inc.
Dari Brown, Ph.D., is Vice President and General Manager of Pet-Ag, Inc. She joined Pet-Ag in July 2021, bringing more than 25 years of extensive leadership, research, and technical expertise in the animal nutrition industry.
She served most recently as Senior Director of Global Technical and Business Development in PMI Feed Additives, a division of Land O’Lakes, Inc. In that role, she led the development of the global business strategy and commercialization of PMI products in Latin America, Southeast Asia, China, and the European Union. During that time, Dari also held leadership roles within the International Feed group, responsible for boosting the organization’s footprint and reputation as a leader in animal nutrition. Prior to that, she held various leadership roles at Purina Animal Nutrition, primarily focused on marketing as well as product and business development.
Dari earned her doctorate in Nutritional Immunology and holds a master’s degree in Animal Science Reproductive Physiology, both from the University of Arkansas. She completed her bachelor’s degree in biology at the University of Central Arkansas.
Vice President and General Manager, PBI-Gordon Corporation
Neil Cleveland is Vice President and General Manager of PBI-Gordon Corporation, a subsidiary of PBI-Gordon Companies, Inc. Neil joined PBI-Gordon in 2018 following his retirement from the Bayer Corporation.
Neil spent 25 years with Bayer in various senior and executive management roles. Most recently, he served as director of commercial operations for the northern sales region for Bayer CropScience. In that role, he led the sales team and was responsible for development and implementation of the marketing strategy. He was also a major contributor to the organization’s US-based commercial operations leadership team. Neil initially joined Bayer in 1993 as a senior sales representative focused on turf, ornamental and pest control products.Neil also has a strong connection and experience with the commercial lawn care industry. He launched his career with ChemLawn Services, spending 12 years with the company in increasing leadership roles.
Neil is a graduate of Delaware Valley College of Science & Agriculture with a bachelor degree of science in agronomy. He currently serves on the board of directors of RISE (Responsible Industry for a Sound Environment).
Vice President and General Manager, Pegasus Laboratories
Throughout his career, Andrew has demonstrated success in various leadership roles with increasing responsibility. He led complex M&A projects and represented the USA division on Nutreco’s global leadership council as well as being a key member of the US executive team.
Andrew holds dual British and Canadian citizenship. After attending high school in Holland, he graduated from the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada with a bachelor of science degree in agriculture. He then launched his career as a territory manager with Shur-Gain, where he was a top sales performer. Andrew is also an expert in continuous improvement and a Six Sigma Black Belt.