St. Louis, MO | Distinguished Ag Alumni: 2011
Gary Chenoweth tried two other majors
at Purdue before settling on Food Science.
He calls that choice the second best
decision he ever made (marrying his wife
Mary, who he met on campus his freshman
year, was the first).
From his first job with Durkee Foods
— as a “technical sales guy on the road
from Monday morning to Friday night”
— Chenoweth rose through the ranks to
become a leader and mentor in the
processed oils industry. His career
progressed with Central Soya, which led
to his transition to Bunge Oils in 2003.
This division of the world’s largest oilseed
processor provides a full portfolio of
edible oils to food processors and food
service companies. As vice president of
food processor sales from 2004 to
December 31, 2010, Chenoweth directed
the marketing and sales of bulk soybean
and canola oils in the United States.
Now his company has asked him to
capitalize on his longstanding relationships
in the industry and his knowledge of
Bunge Oils’ diverse business units and
the commodities market in a new position.
As vice president-customer relationship
leader, he is developing programs that
focus on customers while he identifies
efficiencies in serving them across
business units. One aspect of the job
that particularly appeals to him is an
in-house education component; he is
an enthusiastic mentor.
Chenoweth serves on the Board of
Directors for the Institute of Shortening
and Edible Oils, and has represented the
oil industry association in Washington,
D.C. Quality, stability, and food safety are
all issues of great importance to him.
He serves his community by volunteering
for Habitat for Humanity and Living Lands
and Water river cleanup. He believes that
exercise is important to quality of life, so
when he’s not on the road, he enjoys squash
and running. He and the best decision he
ever made have two adult children.