President and CEO
Brock Furlong has been in the food industry for 25 years. He started his career with a focus primarily on the marketing and sales functions securing his training from companies such as The Quaker Oats Company (1990 to 1994) and Pillsbury (1995 to 1998). He left Pillsbury as VP of Marketing to join Maple Leaf Meats, a $5B international meat and bakery company head quartered in Toronto, Canada. Brock joined as SVP of Marketing and R&D directing the activities of over 60 professionals across fresh and further processed pork and beef. Within 3 months of joining Maple Leaf the Food Service sales function was added to his responsibilities along with the leadership of a number of critical acquisitions. In October of 1999 Brock was promoted to the position of President, Maple Leaf Poultry. This company became the largest poultry company in Canada growing from $270M in sales to over $600M in the 5 years Brock acted as President. The company serviced all major restaurants and retail customers in Canada and a number of significant US customers as well. In early 2005 Brock was asked to assume the President role of the Frozen Bakery division of Maple Leaf that was headquartered in Chicago serving major Food Service restaurants throughout North America. The business grew to $350M in the 2.5 years Brock lead the company. In 2008, Brock’s family made the decision that the nearly constant travel needed to come to an end and he left Maple Leaf after 10 years to start a gourmet protein company making high end burgers, sausages and meatballs. The business grew rapidly over the course of the next 3 years serving the Food Service, Industrial and Retail business segments.
In the fall of 2010 Brock was enticed to join the Stampede team in the role of Executive Vice President to assist with broadening the strategy and strengthening the very capable organization already in place at Stampede. In December of 2011 Brock was promoted to the President of Stampede following the successful 17 year leadership of Edward Ligas.
Brock is Canadian originally but now resides in the suburbs of Chicago with his wife Jill having enjoyed 21 years of marriage. They have 3 children ages 17, 15 and 11 that are all equally active at school, in sports and in the community helping others. The entire Furlong family is looking forward to becoming a bigger part of the Stampede family and working hard collectively to continue the legacy the Ligas family has built.
Brock graduated in 1990 with an Honors Bachelor of Business Administration with Distinction Dean’s List, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Canada.