Mr. Tierney has been in the pet food industry since 2015 and joined NORPEL in late 2017. At NORPEL, Mr. Tierney onboarded his startup business and was tasked with growing the company’s role in the pet food industry. Since 2017, Mr. Tierney has sold over 90 million pounds of food to the pet sector and has developed supply chains in the United States and around the globe. With a background in Environmental Science and Aquaculture, Mr. Tierney has been heavily involved in growing NORPEL’s sustainability initiatives. In particular, he has focused on developing supplier partnerships with sustainable agriculture producers, creating opportunities for small artisanal fisheries and finding all upcycling opportunities. In addition to building partnerships with new customers and suppliers, Michael help develop NORPEL’s fulfillment and nutritional data collection programs to ensure NORPEL meets customer expectations and continues to study and better understand all pet proteins.
Before joining NORPEL, Mr. Tierney was a journalist, a sales leader at the Ed-Tech company The Learning House, and a Regional Development Manager at pet food ingredient manufacturer 3D Corporate Solutions. Mr. Tierney also started and ran his own businesses, The Louisville Fish Co. and Tierney Meat and Seafood, which both focused on the sale of local seafood and sustainable meats. Michael also started, Truckn’ Vets, a logistics company that partnered with and created opportunities for veterans in the trucking industry.
Mr. Tierney graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Kentucky with a BA in History and Political Science and is nearly finished completing his Masters of Science in Environmental Sciences and Aquaculture at Kentucky State University. He is married to his wife Meghan and has two dogs—a dalmatian and pug.