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Bret Scholtes

President and Chief Executive Officer

Omega Protein Corporation

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Bret Scholtes was elected President and Chief Executive Officer of Omega Protein Corporation in 2011. He is also a member of the Company’s Board of Directors. Omega Protein is a New York Stock Exchange traded nutritional product company and a leading integrated provider of specialty oils, essential fatty acids and specialty protein products. The Company operates eight manufacturing facilities in North America and Europe with 1,100 employees.

Mr. Scholtes has directed Omega Protein’s strategic growth initiatives since joining the company in 2010, particularly the company’s move into the human nutrition market. As part of this effort, the company has completed four acquisitions to better position it to achieve its core goals of increasing growth opportunities, expanding customer segments and producing more stable earnings.

Prior to becoming CEO, Mr. Scholtes served as Omega Protein’s Chief Financial Officer, overseeing the overall financial management of the company, its financial reporting and transparency, and multiple corporate functions focusing on Omega Protein’s financial health. Before joining Omega Protein, Mr. Scholtes spent five years at General Electric. He has also held strategy and corporate development positions at two publically traded companies as well as five years of public accounting experience.

Mr. Scholtes serves on the Board of Directors for the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), the leading trade association for the dietary supplement, function food manufacturers and ingredient industries. Mr. Scholtes also serves on the Board of Directors for the Greater Houston Partnership (GHP), an organization bringing together business leaders to tackle key issues facing the region. Specifically, Mr. Scholtes is the Chairman of the Global Cities Initiative a five-year joint project of the Brookings Institution and JPMorgan Chase, to help business and civic leaders grow their metropolitan economies by strengthening international connections and competitiveness. He is also a Cabinet member of the UpSkill Houston initiative within GHP which is focused on tackling the middle skill workforce gap in Houston.   

Mr. Scholtes earned a bachelor’s degree in accountancy from the University of Missouri and his master’s degree in business administration from New York University. Mr. Scholtes, along with his wife and two daughters, live in Houston. 


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