Marquis Emerging Leaders

Joseph A. Harren

Title: Owner

Company: J&J Custom Meats

Location: Whittemore, Iowa, United States

Education: BSA in Agronomy, University of Minnesota Crookston (2008-2011)

Career History: Owner, J&J Custom Meats, Whittemore, IA, (2019-Present)

Joseph Harren, Owner of J&J Custom Meats, has been recognized as a Marquis Emerging Leader for their contributions and achievements in the field of meat cutting and preparation.

After moving to Iowa, Mr. Harren opened the doors to J&J Custom Meats in 2019. Specializing in meat cutting and processing, the meat locker and marketplace offers a wide variety of products and services that calls upon his skills and expertise. With a strong connection to his customers, he is proud to always deliver quality meats that range from custom processing of beef, pork and venison. In his work, Mr. Harren feels he can give back to his community, be a mentor to his employees and provide for his growing family.

Originally interested in farming, Mr. Harren earned a BSA in agronomy from the University of Minnesota Crookston in 2011. With there being few opportunities in this area upon his graduation, he spent time with his in-laws learning how to cut and process meat. When he heard their local butcher shop closed down, Mr. Harren found his new calling and launched his own meat shop. In 2020, his hard work was recognized by America’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) with the September Small Business of the Month Award.

Fully invested in growing his business and providing the highest quality of meat and meat services, Mr. Harren is a member of the Iowa chapter of the American Association of Meat Processors and America’s Small Business Development Center. Furthermore, he is dedicated to giving back to his community and donated to the Bishop Garrigan Schools’ Gala 2020 Auction Catalog. Looking toward the future, Mr. Harren endeavors to continue growing his business.

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