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Our Team

The Atron team is a powerbase of knowledge: Atron’s senior livestock, processing, sales, marketing and administration managers have extensive knowledge of, and experience in the industry. Atron’s team takes pride in the uncompromising quality of its product, and service to customers.

Best practice service excellence is Atron’s watchword. The key priority is to form close win-win relationships with partners and customers, and to develop a deep understanding of their markets and requirements. The team has a proactive ‘can do’ approach to customers, and strives to always deliver outstanding results. Atron is renowned for their integrity which can be depended upon in good times and bad.

 

David Larkin – MD and GM Production, Atron Enterprises
David Larkin has dedicated the last 25 years to the meat industry. David’s success started early - at age 20 he was honoured as runner-up in the 1986 Australian Young Achiever Award - and more recently, to top off a long list of achievements, David was named Distinguished Australian of the Year in 2009 by Maersk Shipping Lines.

In 1993 David founded Alliance Meat Processing, or AMP. AMP became known as Pride Meats – and in 2007 Atron Enterprises was incorporated, bringing together more than two decades of meat processing operational experience.
 
In 2004 David Larkin wrote The Larkin Model which the Federal Government has adopted as the model which the Australian beef industry uses to trade with the US when Australia’s export quota ceiling is breached. He was part of the team who created the AMIC/MICA fat claim guidelines - the current trading rules.

David is an ardent representative on local, state, national and international meat industry advisory boards, and is currently the chairman of The Australian Meat Industry Council (AMIC) for Victoria, and National Export Beef Council Deputy Chairman. David is deeply involved in setting industry standards for beef in Australia.
 
Kim Bakker – GM Logistics
Kim represents the nerve centre of Atron - managing the logistics function along with systems, analysis and export documentation. Kim joined David Larkin at Pride Meats more than 15 years ago, to set up the company systems - a very steep learning curve! As David's business expanded rapidly, Kim took on an ever-increasing portfolio within the business.
 
Kim is highly regarded by her industry peers and is recognised for her professional approach and attention to detail. With a hands-on approach, Kim is solution-focused, constantly ensuring that customers' needs are met.
 
Before joining David Larkin, Kim handled the IR, HR and payroll functions for the transport division of a major gas and fuel corporation in Victoria.
 
Luke Cartwright – Sales Manager
Luke graduated from the University of the Sunshine Coast in 2007 with a Marketing and International Business degree.
He cut his teeth in the building industry as a safety and project manager before being identified by Hays Recruitment as the perfect candidate to join Atron's sales and marketing team. Hays were so impressed with Luke, that had Atron turned him down, they planned to offer him a position in their company. 
 
Luke is a natural. He has an affinity with the product and the processes, and strives in all things to pursue best practice – a watchword at Atron. As Manager, Sales and Marketing, Luke is one of Atron’s rising stars.
 
Amy Morton – Production Manager
Amy is well on track to building a distinguished career in the meat processing industry.  With her HSC under her belt, Amy started as an apprentice butcher, qualifying in 2008. In the same year she was awarded the title of North Coast and Mid North Coast Apprentice of the Year. She was also a finalist for the NSW State award, where she finished a very creditable sixth. After four years spent gaining valuable retail experience, Amy took up a supervisory role in NSW abattoirs. In 2010 she won the Mintrac and Australian Meat News Scholarship to attend the World Meat Fair (IFFA) in Frankfurt, Germany. Amy joined Atron in 2010 as Production Manager, working very closely with each of Atron’s processing facilities to ensure consistent quality across all production areas, and to ensure that global best practice was followed in all production processes.

Amy hails from a farm in the Northern Rivers region of NSW, where her parents are cattle producers. Her interest in a career in meat processing originated from her roots – cemented by an excursion to the Casino processing plant when she was 15!

Heidi Hayes – Livestock Manager
Heidi’s lifelong passion has been livestock!  Heidi was raised on a cattle farm in the Northern Rivers region of NSW where her passion for the cattle industry began. Heidi had huge involvement in the operation of her family owned property and has learned the value of hard work. She lives by her motto, 'Take every experience as an opportunity and never be afraid to seek new opportunities.'
 
Heidi completed Certificate 3 in Agriculture, as part of her HSC, and was immediately employed by Elders to undertake the role of Livestock Support in the Casino and Kyogle districts.

Heidi joined Atron in early 2009 as livestock manager responsible for coordinating the kill and managing a team of buyers to purchase cows, bullocks, yearlings, MSA, grain- and grass-fed cattle across the eastern seaboard of Australia.
 
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