BEN NEALE, Owner
Raised on a small farm in Lynnville, Tennessee, Ben’s involvement in the cattle industry has grown from home life to the global cattle business. This includes two decades of experience with purebred and commercial herd management, direct marketing of feeder cattle, livestock feed sales and nutritional consulting, and now, owning Light Hill Meats, a custom and USDA processing facility in Lynnville, Tenn. as well as Light Hill Meats butcher store in Spring Hill, Tenn.
He earned his Bachelor's Degree in Animal Science from the University of Tennessee-Martin and later earned a Masters Degree in Agricultural Operations and Masters of Business Administration from UTM.
He and his wife Lauren have four children and reside in Columbia, Tenn.
TAYLOR ROWELL, Head Butcher
Taylor Rowell was born and raised in San Diego, California and attended college in San Luis Obispo, California. While in school, he worked at the local grocery store meat department and learned about the all the possibilities the grill had it store. This experience sparked his passion for a forgotten art: butchery.
Constantly seeking new ideas and learning through experience, he has become a trusted source for his expertise on all things meat. With his 12 years of experience, Taylor utilizes his skill of fine craftsmanship and knowledge behind the counter. Feel free to ask him questions about cuts and meal preparations.
MELANIE HOCKIN, Retail Specialist and Butcher's Apprentice
Melanie was born in Alabama, raised in Texas, and went to high school and college in Franklin, Tennessee. While attending high school, she started her first job as a bagger at a grocery store which eventually led her working at the meat and seafood department. There, she found her love of learning about different types of meat and seafood and spent a year as a meat cutter apprentice.
Melanie's passion has always been in food, travel, and people. She took time in between college to travel to different countries, sampling and experiencing culinary flavors from around the world. She is continuing her passion of food with learning more about meat and connecting with customers to help them make the right choice when shopping for their next meal.
LAUREN NEALE, Marketing
Lauren Neale was born and raised in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She attended the University of Iowa and majored in both Journalism and Anthropology. For nearly four years, Lauren worked to "tell the story of Montana family ranching" for the Montana Stockgrowers Association. This multimedia project sent her across Montana to gather photos and videos of Montana ranchers to share on social media with the goal of creating a positive message of the beef community. Lauren also published a coffee table photo book with these images and stories called: "Big Sky Boots: Working Seasons of a Montana Cowboy." In 2013, she won the National Cattlemen's Beef Association's Excellence in Public Relations and Communications Award for her work. She also won Vance Publishing's 40 Under 40 Award in 2015.
Lauren is currently the Director of Communications for the Tennessee Cattlemen's Association. In this role, she manages all online content and is the editor of TCA's monthly magazine, Tennessee Cattle Business. In 2018, Lauren was named one of Murfreesboro Magazine's 20 Under 40 Young Professionals. At the 2019 TCA Convention & Trade Show, Lauren received the honor of the President's Award for her work developing strong communication platforms for the association.
Lauren handles all the marketing and communications for Light Hill Meats, where she and her husband, Ben, are the owners. Please reach out to Lauren with all media inquiries.