Leadership Team

Aurora Organic Dairy Senior Leadership Team

Marc Peperzak – Chief Executive Officer

Marc founded Aurora Dairy Corporation in 1976, which became one of the leading and largest dairy operators in the United States, with farms and facilities in several states. In 2003, he focused Aurora Dairy Corporation exclusively on organic dairy production. This was the beginning of Aurora Organic Dairy.

Prior to establishing Aurora Organic Dairy, Marc was a co-founder and active Chairman of Horizon Organic Dairy. He has also served as an international dairy industry consultant in Oman, Pakistan, Iran, Mexico and Belize.

Throughout his career, Marc has served on numerous non-profit and corporate boards, and has assisted in the creation of several businesses. He was the founding director of First Bank of Idaho, and GF&C. He is an active board member of Headwaters MB.

Marc received a dual B.S. degree in business and engineering from the University of California at Berkeley.

Scott McGinty – President

Scott is a senior member of the executive committee and is responsible for overseeing operations and new business strategies. He joined Aurora Organic Dairy at its inception as VP of Sales and has grown Aurora Organic Dairy to be the country’s leading provider of private brand organic dairy products. Under Scott’s leadership, the company has built a nationwide dairy product distribution footprint.

Scott’s experience in the consumer packaged goods business began in 1992 in retail management with Walmart Stores. He then developed a passion for building small businesses and grocery product distribution with roles at Kelley Clarke Food Brokerage and Horizon Organic Dairy. Scott’s 20 year career has also included responsibilities for national account management with Dean Foods Company and as VP of Sales with Frontier Natural Products.

Scott received his B.S. degree in Marketing from Santa Clara University.

Gary Sebek – Chief Operating Officer

Gary is a senior member of the executive committee and is responsible for Aurora Organic Dairy’s manufacturing operations, supply chain, logistics and external milk supply. Prior to assuming the role of COO, he led the Agricultural side of the business, including strategic development and land acquisition. Earlier in Aurora’s evolution Gary was Executive Vice President and CFO from 2005 to 2008.

Gary’s well rounded experience also includes a role as Managing Partner at the private equity firm, 2x Consumer Products Growth Partners. His first exposure to the natural and organic category was as President and CEO of Rudi’s Organic Bakery, facilitating rapid growth, including the merger and integration of three leading Organic bread brands to form Charter Baking. Gary received his B.A. in Accounting from DePaul University and holds an M.B.A. from the University of Colorado. He also holds a Certified Public Accounting certificate.

Cammie Muller – Chief Financial Officer

As Chief Financial Officer of Aurora Organic Dairy, Cammie oversees accounting, tax, treasury, financial planning and information technology. Cammie joined Aurora Organic Dairy in 2006 as Controller and became Chief Financial Officer in 2008.

Cammie has extensive corporate finance experience and, most recently, was Director of Finance, Treasurer and Controller for Wild Oats Markets. There she led the accounting, tax, treasury and financial planning functions and assisted in securing investment capital to facilitate annual revenue growth from $400 million to $1.1 billion, which included the restructure of the company’s syndicated credit facility, and the issuance of an public equity offering and a convertible debt offering. She has also worked in public policy for the state of Colorado in healthcare and welfare reform.

Cammie received her B.S. degree in Business Administration from the University of Missouri and her M.A. degree in Economics from the University of Colorado.

Juan Velez, M.V., M.S., Dipl. A.C.T. – Chief Agricultural Officer

Dr. Juan Velez has been with Aurora Dairy since 1995. In his current role at Aurora Organic Dairy, he is responsible for oversight of all agricultural operations for the company, including dairy farms, and pasture and crop management. Dr. Velez is a recognized veterinary expert, and is a respected national and international speaker on cattle herd health and reproduction. He has applied this expertise to Aurora Organic Dairy, making animal welfare a top priority for the company.

In addition to developing the Animal Welfare program for Aurora Organic Dairy, he is a recognized leader in the areas of animal welfare and herd health. He has been featured in several leading organic herd health and dairy publications, is a frequent speaker at organic industry and veterinary symposiums and collaborates with leading experts on best practices and research in organic dairy management.

A native of Bogota, Colombia, Juan received his degree in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Lasalle in Bogota and holds a M.S. degree in cattle reproduction from Texas A&M University. He is also a Board Certified Theriogenologist, is a member of the Board of Directors of the Dairy Cattle Welfare Council , Board of directors for ProAg and serves on the advisory board for the High Plains Intermountain Council for Agricultural Health and Safety.

John Beutler – Vice President of Plant Operations

John Beutler joined Aurora Organic Dairy as General Manager of our milk processing plant in 2008, and was promoted to Vice President of Plant Operations in 2015. He has overseen three major expansions of the milk processing facility in the six years he has been with the company, including oversight of the 2013 expansion and addition of an onsite cold storage facility.

John’s working career spans 26 years in nine different facilities across the country. He started with Safeway Inc. working summers in an ice cream plant while going to school. After graduating from college, he entered Safeway’s Dairy Management Trainee Program and  worked through various positions. He has subsequently managed dairy plants for Dean Foods and Daisy Brand before joining Aurora Organic Dairy.

Under John’s leadership, the plant has won several awards and has achieved its SQF Level III certification. Aurora Organic Dairy’s milk was also awarded first and third place at the World Dairy Expo Championships at the University of Wisconsin.

A passion for dairy is in John’s blood, as he is among the fourth consecutive generation of Beutlers working in the dairy industry. His education includes a B.S. in Biological Sciences from California State University at Sacramento, as well as Dairy Manufacturing coursework at California Polytechnic and Pennsylvania State University.

Dan Placke – Vice President, Aurora Organic Farms

Dan is responsible for all crop operations management, farm forecasting and budgeting, and administrative farm management support.  He is also involved with strategic farm growth development. Dan joined Aurora Organic Dairy as the Director of Farm Services in 2006.

Prior to joining Aurora Organic Dairy, Dan served in several financial management roles during his 11-year tenure with Horizon Organic Dairy, including Director of Farm Operations, Director of Farm Finance, Corporate Controller and Farm Controller. Prior to that, he served in financial and accounting positions at Nova-Tech, Inc. and Mutual of Omaha.

Dan received his B.S. degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting from the University of Nebraska – Kearney. Dan holds a Certified Public Accountant certificate.

Jim Abraham – Vice President, Sales

Jim has led the Aurora Organic Dairy sales initiative since 2007, helping to maintain and grow existing customers and building new customer relationships. During his tenure, the Company has experienced strong sales growth and, as a result, Aurora Organic Dairy has been one of the fastest growing organic industry start-up companies in history. In his role, Jim is responsible for nurturing and growing the company’s key customer relationships, which include many of the top retailers in the United States.

Prior to joining Aurora Organic Dairy, Jim served in senior sales roles at leading consumer packaged goods companies, including Marie Callender’s and Horizon Organic Dairy. At Horizon, he was a member of the initial sales team that launched the company’s national business. Jim has more than 25 years of experience in food industry sales, category management and supermarket operations.

Mark Clayton – Senior Director, Human Resources

Mark provides HR leadership to Aurora Organic Dairy. In this capacity, he oversees the development and implementation of programs and services to support our people, including compensation and benefits, recruiting, employee relations, and employment practices and procedures.

Prior to joining the company, Mark held various HR leadership positions with Procter & Gamble and WhiteWave Foods. Mark lived and worked in Southeast Asia where he led the startup of a greenfield R&D innovation center for more than 600 employees. Mark has significant experience working as an HR leader across all company divisions of marketing, sales, finance and supply chain, and has managed an operating department in a manufacturing facility.

Mark received a B.A. in English from Brigham Young University and an M.B.A. in Human Resources from the University of Cincinnati.