About Us

Our Company

K-Pro U.S. opened in January of 2015 as a new development of the K-Pro GmbH owners and their U.S. Co-Founder, Erin Rochman. Our team’s comprehensive knowledge and years of experience along with our global network of partners allows K-Pro U.S. to continuously and quickly enter new markets and explore unique possibilities. The sustainable success of our company, the individual development of our employees and the integration of new products into our portfolio always follows our guiding principle – Always there because we care.

Our Team

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    Verena Kern

    — CEO, CFO & Co-Founder
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    Verena Kern began her career in the animal feed industry in 2004 while helping Sascha launch Mediterana. At Mediterana, Verena served as CFO and oversaw all purchasing and logistics for the company. Verena later opened K-Pro GmbH with Sascha where she is now a Managing Director who oversees over 50 employees and agents worldwide.

    As CEO and CFO, Verena’s vast experience in purchasing, sales, logistics, operations and human resources allows K-Pro U.S. access to unmatched market knowledge, experience and a customer base gained over the past 15 years. As head of US purchases, Verena strategically partners with suppliers to create mutually beneficial, long-term relationships for K-Pro’s customers.

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    Sascha Kern

    — COO & Co-Founder
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    Sascha Kern has worked in the full circle of the meat industry from raising and feeding livestock to blending rendered material for a high quality feed.  Over 20 years ago, Sascha started in operations, marketing and sales of poultry. He then managed slaughtering and processing of pigs and cattle, and eventually shifted back to operations, sales and marketing of ruminant products.

    Sascha opened his first trading company in 2004, trading animal byproducts.   In 2008, Verena and Sascha opened K-Pro GmbH which specializes in the sale of animal proteins and fats.  K-Pro GmbH is now the leader for trading animal proteins and fats in Europe.  Sascha’s background uniquely positions K-Pro U.S. to provide a competitive advantage to its customers.

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    Erin Rochman

    — Managing Director & Co-Founder
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    Erin graduated from Saint Louis University in 2007, with a B.A. in English.  Afterwards, she moved to Munich, Germany where she assisted Sascha and Verena Kern as they opened K-Pro GmbH.  In 2008, Erin returned to Saint Louis University to attend law school and earned her J.D. with a concentration in taxation. Erin joined the St. Louis based law firm, Sandberg Phoenix & von Gontard, in 2011 as a business transaction attorney.

    In December of 2014, Erin left Sandberg Phoenix to open K-Pro U.S. with Sascha and Verena in Illinois.  As a Managing Director and Co-Founder, Erin manages K-Pro U.S.’s supplier/partner relations, oversees its office and employees, serves as a direct link to K-Pro GmbH and negotiates new and pre-existing contracts.

Our Core Values

    • Value Teamwork

      K-Pro believes the sustainable success and continued growth of its company depends upon a team  committed to its goals, values and principles. We encourage our employees to collaborate and focus on common team goals daily. K-Pro emphasizes the value of a team approach to maximize effectiveness and teach that individuals working together can produce and achieve better results.

    • Lead by Example

      The K-Pro U.S. owners believe good leaders must lead by example. Whether in the office, meeting with partners or customers, or attending trade shows, the owners never delegate tasks or responsibilities to their employees they have not already perfected themselves. Trust is a critical element to productive leadership, and the K-Pro leaders recognize that only by practicing what they teach can they become someone  others want to follow.

    • Focus on the Future

      K-Pro U.S. stands by its belief that to build a successful company our team must always look toward the future while still focusing on the present. Building a stable company depends upon an understanding of both the short and long-term factors that will affect K-Pro and the marketplace. To pursue sustainable growth, we must maintain a steady future orientation and willingness to make long-term commitments to our customers, partners, suppliers, workforce and community. K-Pro prides itself on its ability to anticipate our customer’s expectations, the increasing global marketplace, new partnership opportunities and strategic moves by our competitors.

    • Be Respectful

      We establish appreciation and respect in our collaborative approach. We build strong, longstanding partnerships through open and honest communication and respect. Trust and respect underscore all of K-Pro’s relationships, and whether you’re an employee, a supplier, a partner or a customer, being respectful means being treated honestly and professionally. The K-Pro leaders recognize everyone succeeds when business practices are aligned with values, and in particular the ethical value of respect.

Team

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We set ourselves the daily challenge of expanding our position as an international company in agricultural commodities. Through our global organization, we are active in over 40 countries. To continue our success, we must guarantee the highest level of skill and reliability to our suppliers and customers . Whether purchaser, seller, logistics specialist or administrative employee, K-Pro U.S. expects the highest level of motivation from all of our employees.

We offer a range of tasks and challenges that require employees to: take on personal responsibility, use innovative thinking, work independently and work in team environments. Our corporate culture is characterized by a great deal of energy, dynamics, partnership, empathy, an international perspective and the unwavering will to grow and succeed. Commitment and excellent performance are crucial requirements, as are personal enjoyment and satisfaction at work. If these requirements correspond to your own, we would love to have you on our team!

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