President & CEO
On the day he was born, M.S. Wright, Sr., founder of Texas Farm Products Company, declared that his new grandson, M.S. (Bud) Wright, III, would one day run the family business. Following his graduation from the University of Texas, Bud joined TFP as a full-time employee in 1976. He began his career in Customer Service and later was an ingredient buyer, General Manager of the Pet Food Division, and Senior Vice President. In 1991, Mr. Wright’s prophesy was fulfilled when Bud was elected President and CEO, a position he continues to hold today.
Bud currently serves on board of the Pet Food Institute where he served as chairman from 2012-2015. He also currently serves on the boards of the American Feed Industry Insurance Company, the Stephen F. Austin State University Foundation and the Nacogdoches Economic Development Corporation. He is a past board member of the American Feed Industry Association, Nacogdoches Booster Club and Nacogdoches Medical Center. In 2004, Bud was named Man of the Year in Texas Agriculture, District 5, by the Texas County Agriculture Agents Association. Over the past 30 years Bud has served numerous terms as an elder of Grace Bible Church and has been a member of Nacogdoches Rotary Club.
Bud and his wife, Kathy, are grateful to have their two sons, Steele and Ben, along with their son-in-law, Josh Evans, actively involved in the family business.
“Food safety is at the forefront of the pet food and feed industries at this time. We are committed to allocating the necessary resources to continuously improve and offer the safest, most nutritious products possible. We realize consumers are entrusting us with a huge responsibility to provide the nutrition their pets or commercial animals need. We embrace that challenge every day. And every day I have the pleasure of feeding my two 15-year-old rescue cats, Spooky and Spunky.”
Chief Financial Officer
Travis is a C.P.A. who started his career in Houston, TX working as an auditor for an international public accounting firm. In 2004, he left the “Bayou City” to work as the treasurer for a successful retail grocery company and later as C.F.O. for a large manufacturing company that also operated retail stores. Travis has accumulated an extensive understanding of financial reporting, accounting and treasury management activities. In his spare time, Travis enjoys fishing, growing large vegetable gardens and volunteering. He currently serves on the boards of GENCO Federal Credit Union located in Waco, TX, the Nacogdoches Chamber of Commerce, and as board member and treasurer of the Heartbeat Pregnancy Center in Nacogdoches. He is also an active member of First Baptist Church – Nacogdoches serving on the Budget and Finance Committee. Travis and his wife Lori, have two children, who enjoy playing with their rescue cats, Whiskers and Coco.
“It is rewarding to work for a company with such a long, prosperous history, where customers come first and ethical values are the guiding principles. I firmly believe TFP Nutrition is well prepared for future growth that will benefit our customers, employees and shareholders.”
Vice President – Sales
Ben was born and raised in Nacogdoches, Texas. Ben started working at TFP in high school loading feed at the local Lone Star Farm & Home Center. He graduated from Baylor University in 2009. In September of 2010, Ben moved to Nacogdoches to join the family business as a sales associate calling on various private label pet food accounts. Ben has served the company as Key Account Executive and now serves as Vice President, Private Label. Today, Ben is responsible for all private label sales. At home, Ben enjoys spending time with his wife, two kids and his boxer, Jake. In his spare time, he enjoys playing golf and spending time with his family.
Ben’s great-grandfather, M.S. Wright, Sr. founded TFP in 1930. Ben’s father, Bud Wright, is the CEO of the company.
“Having the opportunity to work for a company that my family built is such an honor. As the fourth generation to serve TFP, I am very proud of what has been accomplished in the past 80+ years, and I look forward to all that is to come in the future.”
Vice President – Operations
Josh was born in Abilene, Texas, and moved to seven different cities before graduating high school. Josh graduated from Baylor University with a Bachelors in Health Science & Business Operations and started his career in operations for a global industrial distribution company. In October of 2010 Josh moved to Nacogdoches to join TFP working on the operations side of the business. Josh has served the company as Director of Operations and now serves as the Vice President of Operations. He is responsible for overseeing the production, warehousing and shipping for both manufacturing facilities.
Outside of work Josh enjoys playing golf and spending time with his family. He is also a member of Grace Bible Church and serves on the church’s finance committee. Josh and his wife, Emily have one son and they enjoy playing with their rescue dog Sadie.
“I love being part of our family business. I have been given tremendous responsibility and I’m dedicated to producing quality products in a timely manner.”
Joe Bob Stewart
Vice President – Feed & Fertilizer Sales
Joe Bob Stewart grew up on a beef cattle ranch in Johnson City, Texas. His passion for agriculture led him to Lone Star Feed in 2000 when he began his career as District Sales Manager. Joe Bob has served as Director of Sales for the Lone Star Feed Division and now serves as Vice President, Feed & Fertilizer Sales. At home, Joe Bob enjoys raising his three daughters with his wife in Paris, Texas. In his spare time, he enjoys fishing, hunting, and raising cattle.
“My vision is to continue the great legacy TFP Nutrition has provided its customers since 1930.”
Vice President – Nutrition & Quality Assurance
Mike is a native of Nacogdoches, TX and a second-generation Texas Farm employee. Over the years Mike has worked in many areas of the Company dating back to his high school and college years. Upon graduation from Stephen F. Austin State University, Mike began full-time employment in the Quality Assurance Laboratory. He now serves as Vice President, Nutrition and Quality Assurance. Mike is an avid runner and also enjoys mountain biking, kayaking, and spending time with his family.
“My father and I have a combined service of over 75 years with TFP. I am fortunate to work for a family business where commitment to quality and service are second to none.”
Vice President – Procurment
Blaine is a graduate of Texas Tech University with a degree in Agricultural Economics. He started his career as a commodity trader for ADM in Hereford, TX. Prior to Blaine coming to TFP Nutrition he spent 10 years in the cattle feeding business procuring commodities for large scale commercial feed yards.
He and his wife Melissa have two girls Shelby and Sydney. In his free time Blaine enjoys watching Texas Tech football and spending time with his family.
“It is an honor and a privilege to work for a company that is so dedicated to the service of its customers.”
Director of Special Projects
Being a 4th generation family member working for TFP Nutrition, Steele is proud and honored to follow in the footsteps of those before him. While in high school, he loaded sacks of feed and fertilizer at the warehouse of the Lone Star Farm and Home Center. During college, in the summertime, he worked in the company’s human resources department. He graduated from Baylor with majors in Entrepreneurship and Marketing. A devout foodie, Steele, channeled his passion for thoughtfully crafted consumption into business partnerships as a founding member of East Hampton Sandwich Company and Small Brewpub. Eager to translate his experience in human food to four legged family members, he rejoined his father, brother, brother-in-law and Company family in January 2016. He is a board member of Calyx after serving as their 97th President.
“I am honored to follow in the footsteps of those before me.”