BioZyme’s Colby Dennis earns Young Leader Award

Colby Dennis, cost accounting administrator at BioZyme, was awarded the Young Leaders Under 30 Award at the International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE).

BioZyme’s Colby Dennis earns Young Leader Award Colby Dennis, Saint Joseph, Missouri, was recognized as an outstanding young leader in the feed industry at a recent conference. Dennis is the cost accounting administrator at BioZyme® Inc., where he has worked since 2021.

“The goal of the IPPE Young Leaders Under 30 Award is to celebrate, engage, and invest in the next generation of young professionals and their status as up-and-coming leaders in their companies. BioZyme believes the future of our company and our industry rests on the shoulders of these young people. Nominating Colby Dennis for this recognition was a no-brainer, as he is and will continue to be an up-and-coming leader in our company and industry. He deserves recognition for the amazing work he has done and will continue to do inside our company,” said Lisa Norton, BioZyme president and CEO.

The International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE), produced by the American Feed Industry Association (AFIA), the Meat Institute, and the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association (USPOULTRY), is in its 12th year of recognizing the IPPE Young Leaders Under 30 Award. The program exposes these young leaders to the latest industry technology and also allows them to attend valuable educational programs to assist in their leadership development. Dennis attended the IPPE event and received recognition during a special ceremony the last week of January.

Dennis is in his final semester of earning his bachelor’s degree in finance at Missouri Western State University. He said he enjoyed math and numbers in high school and knew he wanted to study finance, perhaps with the goal of becoming a financial advisor. However, he was also involved in FFA and competed in contests at the state level each year of high school, including ag knowledge, entomology, forestry, and ag mechanics. He was also his FFA chapter’s chaplain in his junior year. He received his State Degree in his senior year.

Dennis became acquainted with Norton and her late husband and former BioZyme CEO, Bob Norton, six years ago. His work ethic and dedication impressed them. His shared passion with Lisa for numbers prompted her to offer him an internship during his freshman year of college.

“My position at BioZyme is the perfect blend of both my love of finances and my agricultural background. I am truly thankful for the opportunity to receive this honor. I can tell you I’ve learned a lot more working at BioZyme in tandem with my classes than I would just in class,” Dennis said.

“Colby has led a myriad of projects in documenting and determining the costs of our manufacturing processes. These projects were much needed, and he did a great job figuring them out and enhancing the way we think about both the processes and their costs,” said Norton.

Dennis is the second current BioZyme employee to earn this prestigious honor. Lynsey Whitacre, Ph.D., director of marketing and product development, received the honor in 2020.