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GENETRUST LLC, promotes Gariss to lead role

published: May 25th 2018


The GENETRUST partners are pleased to announce the promotion of Cody Gariss to the lead role as chief executive officer/president. Gariss has been involved with GENETRUST since its formation in 2009. His role and responsibilities have increased significantly over that period of time, excelling in whatever responsibility he has assumed within the organization. The GENETRUST partners feel that his ability and potential within this new role is unlimited and look forward to growing and expanding with him.


Vern Suhn, who has been the managing partner and president of the group, since its formation, has decided to step down in that role effective June 1, 2018. Suhn will remain an active participant in GENETRUST, staying involved as a founding partner and remaining a member of the board of directors. In addition, he will continue to assist in marketing and sales throughout the six GENETRUST sales per year, while aiding in the transition of the leadership change. GENETRUST will continue to have one of their annual foundation sales at Suhn Cattle Company the last Tuesday of March each spring. The GENETRUST partners appreciate the leadership Suhn has had provided the organization since its inception, and look forward to his continued guidance and insight in shaping the future of the organization.


Gariss is uniquely qualified to assume this role, understanding the challenges the GENETRUST commercial customer base faces because he lives it himself.  Growing up on a diversified cattle operation in Lamar, Missouri, he attended Missouri State University (MSU) and graduated with honors from MSU with a major in animal science and a minor in economics in 2005, returning to the family operation following graduation.  In addition to their seedstock operation, he is co-owner/operator of a commercial cow/calf operation and large backgrounding/stocker operation, retaining ownership in the majority of the Brangus sired cattle produced there. 


Prior to the formation of GENETRUST, Gariss worked in a consultant and procurement role for both Suhn Cattle Company and Chimney Rock Cattle Company in their respective annual Brangus seedstock sales. Since the inception of GENETRUST, his responsibility has increased progressively and he has been involved in marketing/advertising, semi-annual newsletter production and content, catalog production, sale cattle evaluation and preparation, herd consulting and breeding recommendations. He has been primarily responsible for all aspects of the “Spring Fling” online embryo auction that has helped broaden the GENETRUST customer base nationally and internationally.



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