Gary Mickelson (pronounced Michaelson) is part of Tyson Foods’ Corporate Communications team, serving as senior director of public relations.
Gary started his communications career a television, radio and newspaper reporter and editor. He became part of the meat industry in 1986 when he joined IBP, inc. as a communications specialist. He was later promoted to manager of communications and, after Tyson Foods’ 2001 acquisition of South Dakota-based IBP, became director of public affairs for Tyson Fresh Meats. In 2004, Gary moved to Tyson Foods’ headquarters in Springdale, Arkansas, where he serves in his current position.
Gary grew up on a livestock and grain farm near Rembrandt, Iowa, and earned a degree in agricultural journalism from Iowa State University. He and his wife Deb, who also grew up on an Iowa farm, have three children and a small herd of cats.