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Our Team

Our team is somewhat tiny…but we are mighty! (Yep, we just did that…but it’s true). In addition to all of our incredible fans, the folks who make up the Tiny But Mighty Popcorn team are the heart and soul of our company. Passionate, fun-loving, hard-working, honest and good people – most of whom are our family. Heck, even those not related by blood we absolutely consider family.

We value our team, we love our work, and we believe in what we do.

Gene Mealhow (aka Farmer Gene)

Owner / Master Farmer

Farmer Gene is the modern-day farming mastermind behind our ancient heirloom seed. A third-generation family farmer, he began farming on his own in 1973, and in the late 1980’s began farming organically. Since becoming the owner and caretaker of Tiny But Mighty Popcorn in the late 90’s, Gene has realized his dream of sharing good food with the masses. Gene enjoys spending his free time with his sons, grandchildren and his lovely wife, Lynn, and is an avid (and talented!) golfer and an ace on the drums. Rock on, Farmer Gene!

Lynn Mealhow

Matriarch of Operations

Lynn manages office operations at the farm for Tiny But Mighty, and has her hand in everything from production to order fulfillment to events and design. She is Farmer Gene’s loving wife of 42 years, mother to their four wonderful boys and grandmother to their three grandchildren. Like Farmer Gene, Lynn was born & raised in Iowa. Previous to her work with the popcorn, she worked as a teacher and office manager, and is to this day a cake baker / decorator extraordinaire. She loves being able to work with her family and is so proud of how far Tiny But Mighty has come.

Kevin Sabo

Chief Poperating Officer

Kevin is Tiny But Mighty’s COO, handling a gamut of responsibilities such as business operations and financing, manufacturing and production logistics, new product development and sales strategy. Kevin received his MBA in Entrepreneurship, Strategy, Marketing from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business in 2011. Originally from Illinois, Kevin lived in New York City for several years before relocating to Miami with his wife and daughter, and recently became a father to a little boy! He prefers the Miami weather but makes sure to visit the Midwest as often as possible.

Ashley Arp

Marketing / Communications Manager

Ashley facilitates Tiny But Mighty’s marketing, PR and brand development, and leads our social media and events efforts. She studied graphic design, marketing, journalism, communications and entrepreneurship at the University of Iowa. After nine years in Chicago she recently relocated to Iowa City. While in Chicago she spent 6+ years in marketing and business development for a top-five international law firm, before leaving to pursue her passion of working with good food and good people as part of the TBM Popcorn team. She considers herself an avid localvore, old soul, and unabashed lover of Iowa.

Mark Kluber

Production Manager

Mark organizes production efforts at the farm for Tiny But Mighty. A teacher for 33 years, he retired in 2012 and is now able to spend time farming and in the outdoors. He is a loving father, husband, and doggy dad and enjoys hunting and harvesting potatoes at the farm in his free time.

Lori Kluber

Demo / Events Coordinator

Lori heads our demo and event efforts in Iowa and surrounding areas. She is a veteran of the sales and recruiting world, with 35+ years experience, and now gets to spend time doing what she loves – working with family and promoting our magical little heirloom popcorn! Lori’s enthusiasm is contagious and whatever she sets her mind to, she achieves. She even won the grand prize for the Regis & Kelly Halloween Costume Contest in 2008! Lori resides in Iowa with her partner, Jo, and their cutie pie pup, Farley.

Marie Junkmann

Demo / Events Manager

Marie leads our demo and event efforts in Chicago and surrounding areas. She has been with Tiny But Mighty for four years, and has helped us spread the heirloom love with her smile and sunny disposition. In her free time, Marie enjoys spending quality family time with her hubby and her two amazing kiddos.

LeeAnn Stevens

Sales Manager

LeeAnn leads the sales efforts for Tiny But Mighty Popcorn. She has 10 years of sales and marketing experience in natural foods, working with everything from coconuts to kefir. She loves good coffee, a well-designed spreadsheet and a nice hike with her two adorable pups, Olive and Caper. LeeAnn is a passionate advocate for sustainable agriculture and healthy humans.

Dempsey Doodle

Chief Canine Officer

Dempsey is Farmer Gene’s best bud, loyal sidekick and protector of Tiny But Mighty Popcorn. He’s seen many adventures on the farm, including combine rides, truck excursions, cameos in film and print, and cuddles with the Mealhow family.