2017 Apex Alumni Darren Carter
Darren Carter is a 1995 Purdue University graduate with a Bachelors of Science degree from the school of agriculture. After graduation, Darren worked for Hormel Foods where he held several sales positions between 1996 and 1999 before being named to his first team leadership role in 1999. From 1999 to 2013 Darren lead teams in several different markets and has been fortunate to be a part of Supplier of the year awards with HyVee in 2004 and Walmart in 2011 and 2012.
In 2013 Darren was promoted to Corporate Manager of Category Sales in Austin, MN, where he led strategy for the Hormel Foods Grocery Products Division. In December of 2015, Darren was promoted to Vice President of Sales for the newly purchased Cytosport Inc., the makers of Muscle Milk. His current responsibilities include overseeing all direct sales for Cytosport.
Darren is passionate about giving back to the University that provided him a foundation for success. For the last four years Darren has served as the Hormel Foods Corporation Ambassador to Purdue. He has worked with the Purdue University Center for Professional Selling, Agricultural Economics Department, National Agribusiness Marketing Association, and sales and marketing classes. Darren has enjoyed developing sales contests for the Purdue University Center for Professional Selling and participating as a buyer for the Ready, Set, Sell program.
Darren has been married to his wife, Michele, for 21 years and they have 3 children.