The Alpha Team

Meet Our Leadership

Dave McLain, CEO and President

David McLain

CEO & President

David is Alphia’s Chief Executive Officer and President, bringing more than 14 years of executive pet food experience and three decades of consulting, executive and officer experience to the table. He joined CJ Foods in 2019 after filling the roles of CEO of Perfection Pet Foods and SVP, CIO & CPO at Big Heart Brands.

Cade Culver


Cade is the Chief Growth and Transformation Officer leading Alphia’s business growth and transforming strategies within the company. With over 16 years in the Consumer Packaged Goods industry, he’s well-equipped to excel in the pet food industry. Previously, he served as President at Lassonate Pappas & Company, CCO at Hearthside Food Solutions, and VP & GM of Dole Diversified North America.

Wade Nilson


Wade is the Chief Commercial Officer leading Sales, Commercialization, and Marketing at Alphia. Wade’s diverse career includes key positions such as General Manager of Operations Logistics of our Veracity business and Vice President of Sales at Alphia. With more than 17 years of experience, he has held roles previously with Solid Gold Pet and Natural Balance Pet Foods.

Dirk Tachick, COO

Dirk Tachick


Dirk is the Chief Operating Officer leading our operating and quality teams across all facilities in the Alphia family. He joined Alphia in 2022 coming from Wells Enterprises and bringing with him his food industry background, business experience and continuous improvement perspective. His previous roles include Foremost Farms, Hillshire Brands and Sara Lee Corporation.

Fred Jasser


Fred is the Chief Financial Officer leading Alphia’s finance and IT teams. He has over 20 years of experience in financial, operational and strategic leadership positions within the food, consumer and retail sectors. He brings a deep understanding of food manufacturing, consumer industry dynamics and the capital markets from his past roles at Hearthside Foods, BDT Captial Partners, and Sears Holding Corporation.

Cindy Yakich, CPO

Cindy Yakich


Cindy is the Chief Procurement Officer leading the procurement teams for Alphia and LANI, where she focuses on our supply chain strategy for delivering better and more comprehensive solutions for our customers. She has more than 20 years in her field, previously filling roles at Chewy, The J.M. Smucker Company, Big Heart Pet, Del Monte and Heinz.

Jack Reid


Jack serves as the Chief People Officer and plays a critical role in fostering a positive workplace culture and shaping the Alphia team. With over 25 years of experience, he has a proven track record of driving organizational success. Previously, he served as CHRO at Spectrum Plastics and VP of Human Resources at Pexco. In both roles, he played a pivotal role in fostering a workplace of inclusivity.