Tommy H Brown, Processor
Tommy was born in 1958 the youngest of six children, four boys and two girls. He was raised north of Pocatello, ID in a rural farming community called Tyhee. Tommy’s family had around 65 head of cattle, a 40 acre hay field and a 40 acre pasture, so there was always work to be done.
In the spring of 1977, Tommy was awarded a full-ride football scholarship to play for Idaho State University. That fall he started 10 out of 11 games as a freshman linebacker. Unfortunately, Tommy had an injury in the 9th game that ended his football career. Tommy graduated from ISU in 1982 with a Bachelor’s in Business Management and Organization.
Growing up, Tommy's parents owned a small gas station that sold tires, batteries and automotive supplies to the local residents. The boys all grew up working on cars, changing brakes, fixing flat tires and selling new tires. The convenience store business was booming in the mid 1980’s, therefore his family closed the shop and expanded the business into a convenience store. In 1986 Tommy and his wife purchased the business from his parents, and they owned and operated the business through 2002.
In June of 1987 Tommy was hired by Lamb Weston as a line supervisor and then in 1988 he was promoted to sanitation supervisor. He also coordinated the harvest for the American Falls plant from 1987 to 1993. During this time, Tommy earned his PQ and learned how to process French fries and other potato products. He also learned the food safety and sanitation side of the business. In 1993 Tommy was promoted to field supervisor, where he was in the field as a potato buyer, met several farmers and purchased millions of cwt. of potatoes. In December of 1999 tommy was promoted to manager of agriculture operations at Lamb Weston in American Falls, which is his current position and was his long-term goal.