If we were to rework Mr. Dudley’s business cards they would read: Neil Dudley, The Quintessential Cowboy CEO. Okay, he’s not the CEO, he’s the Vice President…but hang around him long enough and you’ll know why that would be the perfect title.
Neil is a pure Texas gentleman through and through..he believes in hard work with a little fun thrown in and is always quick to tip his hat to a lady. Neil graduated college from Texas Tech University where he enjoyed a little calf roping on the side. “After I graduated it was get a job or go to grad school and rodeo for another year.” Mr. Dudley chose to go to grad school at Oklahoma State University.
Neil is known as the resident “Cooking Cowboy”. How does he feel about that? “I feel awesome about that. A real cowboy doesn’t call himself one, but if someone else wants to call me that they can.”
If he didn’t work at Pederson’s full time, his dream job would be to own and operate a big ranch. When he’s not bringin’ home the bacon, you’ll find Neil helping his wife, Stacy, take care of their three little girls and throwing in “some cowboy stuff” when he can.
A true family man, you can see his eyes light up when he talks about his home life. When asked to name something amazing or awesome that has happened in his life, he proceeded to sit straight up and asked, “does marriage count? ‘Cause that’s something pretty awesome. Followed by the birth of those three little girls…I don’t think you can get more awesome than that.”
A few Pederson’s fun facts about Neil:
Favorite flavor of Pederson’s bacon – “The no sugar. I’m an on again off again Paleo dieter and I like the option.”
Favorite non-bacon Pederson’s product – “Breakfast sausage.”
Who he’d share a plate of bacon with – “I’ve gotta choose just one? Knee jerk reaction would be Michael Jordan.”
Who he’d trade jobs with at Pederson’s for one day – “It would be Luisa Rios…the janitor. She does the most underappreciated job in the whole place. You could learn a lot about everybody doing her job. She sees the raw emotion.”
Favorite Pederson’s moment – “My favorite moment is everyday we do something people want. I love to help people and be able to provide them with a livelihood…it’s not fair to say a favorite.”
What he wants folks to know about Pederson’s – “I wish everyone could know we’re honest. Being the best product is an opinion…but if they know we’re honest, we’ve got a chance.”