Our Team

Hill Top Meats, Inc (formerly J&J Hazen Meats, Inc)

Hill Top Meats, Inc (formerly J&J Hazen Meats, Inc)

Here at Hill Top Meats, we love to have fun. We strive to keep our place a fun work environment with friendly faces greeting our customers, and lots of laughing and joking while we work. Justin and the crew love to have music going, and if you catch them off guard, you may even be able to see them busting out some moves as they work. Our employees aren’t just people who work for us, but they are like family to us, and that is just how we want it.

Justin Hill

Justin Hill

Owner

Justin has always had a passion for hunting and the outdoors. Husband to Jessica and father to their 6 kids, he had a dream to own his own business after a variety of jobs in the fields of construction, policing, and oilfield when he finally decided to follow his dream. He does everything from butchering to processing, and helps come up with new ideas to keep things fun around the shop. Justin is a jokester, and if you have ever had a conversation with him, you have probably seen that about him. He is great at keeping a straight face, and makes it really hard to tell if he is teasing or not. He loves to try to scare people by popping up when they least expect it (but don’t worry, every now and then his wife or employees get him back). He has a real passion for what he does, and has big dreams to achieve with his business. He has a very friendly personality and a lot of drive. His fun sense of humor keeps everyone at the shop guessing, but makes for a fun work environment for all. 

Jessica Hill

Owner

Jessica (the first “J”, and most important if you ask her) is occasionally up at the shop helping out with odds and ends and retail. She is the company’s bookkeeper, as well as Justin’s wife, and her family’s main caretaker. She has 6 children at home.  She never in her wildest dreams imagined being the owner of a butcher shop, but her husband has had some wild ideas, and this one somehow managed to work out (besides, unlimited BACON…. need I say more?). In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, baking, and coming up with new meat ideas to drive her husband crazy. 

Nick Eckroth

Head Meat Cutter

Nick is our main cutter. He does everything from processing to slaughter, but his primary job is running the saw and perfecting cuts. He is a great asset to our company, and a very hard worker. We are grateful that he has stuck with us since shortly after we opened, and that he is willing to put up with Justin’s shenanigans at work. In his free time, he enjoys fishing, hunting, and spending time on the lake, as well as spending time with his girlfriend. Nick has really become part of our family, and even the kids treat him like one of our own.

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Patti Olander

Office manager/retailer

Patti has come in to help us stay organized with all of our paperwork and keep things running smoothly. She has her own office space and will most often be the person you talk to first if calling in, or the friendly face helping you with your retail purchases or ringing up your processing bills. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her boyfriend and kids. She worked for us in the past as a wrapper, and we are glad to have her back on our team.

Sunny Brennan

Wrapper/Retail

Sunny is our main wrapper. She is knowledgeable about cuts and helps print our labels with all of our info. She may think she was hired on just for justin to have a scapegoat for some of his pranks, but she is a great sport at putting up with it all. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her kids and her boyfriend. She is an avid dog lover, and loves to stay active and try new workouts. 

Linda Pekas

Processing/Retail

Linda does everything from answering phones and helping customers to helping debone meat and chub burger. She grew up in Minnesota, but lives in Beulah now and is a wife and mother of 3 busy daughters. She enjoys working with people, going camping, volunteering, and loves to stay busy. If you have gotten to know her since 2012, you know she fills her plate with many things; As a rep for Allisons Pantry, a partner with her husband’s business, PPLC, and now loves working full time for us at Hill Top Meats. She is definitely on her toes around Justin and all his shenanigans, but is a good sport with his jokes. 

Nathan Grosz

Processing/meat cutting

Nathan is a great addition to our team. He is primarily a meat cutter on the deboning table, and also runs the grinder and helps customers with load outs. He is beginning to learn about running the saw. Outside of work, Nathan enjoys the outdoors. He is an elk rancher with his own growing herd. He enjoys spending time with his girlfriend.

 

The Hill Kids

The Hill Kids

Running around, greeting customers, and helping out where able

Brody (12), Quinten (8), Wesley (6), Sage (4), Talen (2), and Kaiser (8 mos) are the kids of Justin and Jessica. You can find them around the shop on days they decide to go help out dad or accompany mom to the shop. They love to help where they can, and are always willing to greet customers who come while they are at work. You may see them out playing in front of the building, riding their scooters or bikes and finding trouble to get into. As time goes on, we hope they will learn more and more parts of the business and be able to take some of the load off their dad.

Linda Pekas

Processing/Retail

Linda does everything from answering phones and helping customers to helping debone meat and chub burger. She grew up in Minnesota, but lives in Beulah now and is a wife and mother of 3 busy daughters. She enjoys working with people, going camping, volunteering, and loves to stay busy. If you have gotten to know her since 2012, you know she fills her plate with many things; As a rep for Allisons Pantry, a partner with her husband’s business, PPLC, and now loves working full time for us at Hill Top Meats. She is definitely on her toes around Justin and all his shenanigans, but is a good sport with his jokes. 

Nathan Grosz

Meat Cutter/Retail

The Hill Kids

The Hill Kids

Running around, greeting customers, and helping out where able

Brody (12), Quinten (8), Wesley (6), Sage (4), Talen (2), and Kaiser (8 mos) are the kids of Justin and Jessica. You can find them around the shop on days they decide to go help out dad or accompany mom to the shop. They love to help where they can, and are always willing to greet customers who come while they are at work. You may see them out playing in front of the building, riding their scooters or bikes and finding trouble to get into. As time goes on, we hope they will learn more and more parts of the business and be able to take some of the load off their dad.