Rick Smith

President and Chief Executive Officer

Since being named DFA’s president and chief executive officer in 2006, Rick has been instrumental in leading DFA in cultural and operational changes. Rick’s entry in the dairy industry began in 1982, when he joined Dairylea Cooperative Inc. as vice president and general counsel. From 1988 to 2005, he served as the chief executive officer of the Syracuse, N.Y.-based cooperative. Prior to his employment with Dairylea Cooperative Inc., he was an attorney with Bond, Schoeneck & King in Syracuse. Rick serves as a director on the boards of Global Dairy Platform, National Milk Producers Federation, National Council of Farmer Cooperatives and the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy.