Rick Smith

President and Chief Executive Officer, Kan.

As DFA’s president and chief executive officer since 2006, Rick Smith has established a values-based culture for the organization and instilled operational discipline and efficiency. Previously, Rick served as vice president and general counsel of Dairylea Cooperative Inc., and from 1988 to 2005, he served as the chief executive officer of the Syracuse, N.Y.-based cooperative. Rick is a director on the boards of National Milk Producers Federation, Global Dairy Platform, National Council of Farmer Cooperatives and the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy. Rick and his wife, Janet, have three children.