Our Staff


Dr. Joe Harris

SMA’s President/CEO since 1997, Dr. Joe Harris holds a Ph.D. in Meat Science from Texas A&M University and was recognized as one of the “Rising Stars” of the industry by Meat Processing magazine. He has served three terms on the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture’s National Advisory Committee on Meat and Poultry Inspection, and he is an approved lead instructor by the International HACCP Alliance. He also serves as Executive Director of the Southwest Meat Foundation, which funds scholarships for deserving students at universities across the region. Dr. Harris has led SMA members through many significant changes in the industry’s structure and regulatory environment. Under his leadership, SMA has become known as a leader in education, regulatory support, and member advocacy.

Lacy Bates

Membership Development Manager

Lacy Bates joined the SMA staff as the Membership Development Manager in April 2018. Lacy graduated from Texas A&M University with a B.S. in animal science in 2012. Later in 2014, Lacy graduated from Sam Houston University with her M.S. in Agriculture. Her job duties include recruiting new memberships, current member outreach, planning SMA outreach events, and assisting with SMA Convention planning.

Have questions about joining SMA? Email Lacy@southwestmeat.org


Tori Curry

Communications & Operations Manager
A central Texas native, Tori received her Bachelors of Science in Agricultural Services and Development with a minor in Communications in 2015 and her Master of Science in Agriculture & Consumer Resources in 2018 from Tarleton State University. Tori joined the SMA team July 2022. Tori’s responsibilities include managing SMA’s social media pages, advertising, invoicing, and publishing SMA’s weekly newsletter, InfoMeat.

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9696 E. Hwy 21, Ste. 200
Bryan, TX 77808
Telephone: 979-846-9011
Fax: 979-846-8198

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