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IMI Global owned by Where Food Comes From

Meet Our IMI Global Team

IMI Global — Our Leadership

202 6th Street, STE 400, Castle Rock, Colorado 80104
Phone: 303-895-3002
Fax: 877-258-4535 Email:

*Recipients of the 2011 and 2015 Whole Foods Market Quality Assurance Award*

*2017 BQA Marketer of the Year* (The National BQA Award recognizes outstanding beef and dairy producers, marketers, and educators that best demonstrate animal care and handling principles as part of the day-to-day activities on their respective operations.  A common trait among all contest entrants must be a strong desire to continually improve BQA on their operations while encouraging others to implement the producer education program.

National BQA award winners are selected by a committee of representatives from universities, state beef councils and affiliated groups.  Nominations can be submitted by any organization, group, or individual on behalf of a U.S. beef producer. Individuals and families may not nominate themselves, however, the nominees are expected to be involved in the preparation of the application.

Four National BQA Awards (Beef Cow-Calf and Feedyard, Dairy, and Marketer) are funded in part by The Beef Checkoff program with additional financial support provided by Cargill Meat Solutions.  The program promotes beef quality assurance in all segments of the industry, including commercial cow-calf, seedstock, stocker operators, feedlots and dairy operations.

The BQA Educator Award is sponsored in part by The Beef Checkoff program with additional financial support provided by Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica.)


John & Leann Saunders

CEO & President and Founders of IMI Global


Everything about IMI Global and the vision the company possesses can be attributed to its founders, John and Leann Saunders.  The Saunders themselves have three beautiful children and they understand first-hand the importance of providing safe, healthy meals to them each day, and trusting that the food they buy is what the brand, store or restaurant says it is.  Leann was also born and raised in the beef industry, and intimately understands the hard work and dedication it takes to produce healthy, great tasting, and safe beef products and the importance of programs that can provide additional revenue opportunities back to the ranch.


Still, after nearly 20 years after starting IMI Global and slowly growing it into what is now the industry’s leading third-party verification company, the Saunders continue to dedicate their lives to driving value for food producers through transparent and authentic communication with consumers about by who and how food is produced.

Meet Our Team!



Megan Beauprez

Customer Verification Specialist


Kelly Crymble

Customer Verification Specialist

​& GAP Program Manager

Ralph Hinton

Customer Verification Specialist

& Verifier Team Manager

Sara Poste

Accounting Specialist



Melinda Birkeland

Customer Verification Specialist

Cara Gerken

Technical Services

​& Consulting​

​Shelby Jensma

Office Administrator

​& Auditing Scheduler

Christine Roehrman

Customer Verification Specialist





Kathryn Britton

Senior Director of Operations

​& Corporate Marketing

Kelsey Haughian

Customer Verification Specialist

​Molly Mannlein

Customer Verification Specialist

Susan Sanders

Feedlot Customer Verification Specialist



Hallie Cox

Customer Verification Specialist

Jordan Hinton

Customer Verification Specialist

Jennifer Moore

Marketing Coordinator​​

Doug Stanton

V.P. of Sales

​& Customer Development



Independent Auditors — Your Regional Experts

Tracey Brooks

Beef Verifier

Bly, OR


Cindy Easterling

Beef Verifier

Normangee, TX


Jared Sanderson

Beef Verifier

Pierre, SD

Tina Murphy

Beef Verifier

Dekalb, TX

Kevin Murnin

Beef Verifier


Gordon Stephenson

Beef Verifier

Alberta, Canada