David Ahlem

David Ahlem

Business Manager at Cargill Incorporated

Location:
151 N Main St., Wichita, Kansas, United States
HQ Phone:
1-800-

General Information

Experience

Facility Site Manager - Dalhart Economic Development Dorporation

Chief Operating Officer - Hilmar Cheese Company

Education

B.A.Westmont College

M.B.A.California Polytechnic State University , San Luis Obispo

Affiliations

Board Member - International Dairy Foods Association

Board Member - NCI

Board Member - National Cheese Institute

Recent News  

Un-Common Heroes | CCFN - Consortium for Common Food Names

David Ahlem, CEO, Hilmar Cheese Company, Inc.
David Ahlem In 1983, twelve central California dairy families sat in a local diner and dreamed of creating a cheese company that would boost the value of their Jersey cows' high-solids milk. David Ahlem's parents joined with other local dairy farmer families to form the initial concepts on the back of a napkin. That group created Hilmar Cheese Company, Inc. David grew up learning how a group of diverse families could work together to build Hilmar Cheese Company. He worked summers during college in the processing plant and joined Cargill Animal Nutrition as business manager after earning a B.A. from Westmont College and an M.B.A. from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. In 2004, Ahlem returned to Hilmar Cheese Company as site manager of its Texas plant, where he was instrumental in developing a state-of-the-art facility. In 2011, he and his family moved back to California where he held various leadership positions before becoming Hilmar's chief executive officer. "We recognize the threat and trade hurdles geographical indications can create," David Ahlem said. "They impact some of our valued customers' international business, so a fair playing field is important to us as well as all U.S. producers. Dairy has so much good to offer but there are challenges to its availability that deserve the global dairy industry's action." "Protecting common cheese names is vitally important and it's fortunate that CCFN has taken on this role for dairy and the other threatened industries," Ahlem said. Seven members of the Buholzer family now work together at Klondike Cheese Co., including President Ron Buholzer (the founder's grandson), his brothers Dave and Steve, and fourth generation family members.

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Current Activities | CCFN - Consortium for Common Food Names

David Ahlem, CEO, Hilmar Cheese Company, Inc.
David Ahlem's parents joined with other local dairy farmer families to form the initial concepts on the back of a napkin. That group created Hilmar Cheese Company, Inc. David grew up learning how a group of diverse families could work together to build Hilmar Cheese Company. He worked summers during college in the processing plant and joined Cargill Animal Nutrition as business manager after earning a B.A. from Westmont College and an M.B.A. from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. In 2004, Ahlem returned to Hilmar Cheese Company as site manager of its Texas plant, where he was instrumental in developing a state-of-the-art facility. In 2011, he and his family moved back to California where he held various leadership positions before becoming Hilmar's chief executive officer. Read more

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Associations Welcome New Board Members; IICA Elects New Secretary

David Ahlem, Chief Operating Officer, Hilmar Cheese Company, Inc.

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