Celebrating 125 Years
WITH Scott Sechler
to celebrate our 125th anniversary, we decided to take a step back in time and ask Scott to tell us some of his iconic stories. We’re kicking off the series by asking Scott how he came to buy Bell & Evans/Farmer’s Pride.
our leader & visionary
Scott Sechler grew up helping his dad with the chickens on the family farm. At seven years old, Scott started raising his own flocks—and questioning the process at each step.
“When we got chickens, they always gave us packs of vaccines,” he recalls. “I used to ask, ‘Why do we need this? Can we raise them without it?’ … My dad used to say I’d never be able to make money selling chickens the way I wanted to raise them: ‘Who could afford it?’ I’d tell him, ‘If I can’t raise them the way I want, I won’t sell them at all.’”
Less than a decade later, Scott’s father put his son in charge of the family chicken business. As business grew, Scott reinvented everything from the chicken’s housing and feed to processing and packaging. And he’s never stopped challenging the status quo.
the next generation
Margo Sechler started in the family business, helping raise chickens on the family farm. “Growing up,” she recalls, “most of my friends were from farm families, so it seemed normal for me to be involved in agriculture.”
Passionate about helping others, Margo received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Penn State University. Since high school, Margo has worked in emergency services including an ambulance EMT and emergency room nurse. She currently volunteers as an emergency medical technician with the local fire company.
“I worked hard to earn my nursing license and I think it’s important to use those skills to give back,” Margo says. “But I always knew I’d wind up in the family business. It’s certainly a unique dynamic but I feel blessed that I’m able to experience this type of career.”
Today, Margo serves as Bell & Evans Executive Vice President, where she works in sales, marketing, customer service and new acquisitions.
Meet Scott Jr. (“Buddy”)
Like his father, Scott Jr. worked in the family business from an early age. “It was a great way to grow up,” he says. “One day I was using machinery, the next working with my hands, then outside working in the barn. It gave me a well-rounded appreciation for both God’s creation and man’s progress.”
Buddy studied automotive technology at Berks Career & Technology Center and Agricultural Business Management at Penn State University before taking a position in the sales department at Bell & Evans. In his current role as Bell & Evans Executive Vice President and Vice Chairman of the Board, he oversees live production, plant operations, plant production and new construction.
Buddy is passionate about upholding his father’s tireless commitment to quality. “It’s all about seeing people enjoy our products,” he says. “And when eating a great meal can be considered research, that automatically means you have a great job.”
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