David C. Thorbahn is the president and chief executive officer of Select Sires Inc., a position he has held since January 2000. Select Sires has become the leading supplier of bovine semen in North America and one of the largest in the world. During his tenure, the Select Sires federation sales have increased four-fold. During that time, Select Sires Inc. received the 2008 Governor’s Excellence in Exporting Award and was named Exporter of the Year for the state of Ohio. Select Sires was also awarded the Union County Business of the Year for 2009.
Thorbahn has been active in supporting the dairy industry. He was a founding member of the North American Intercollegiate Dairy Challenge and the Union County Agriculture Association, for which he served both organizations as their first chairman. He also serves as a member of the advisory committee for the Ohio director of agriculture. Thorbahn served as past president for the National Association of Animal Breeders and the Union County Chamber of Commerce. He is a former board member of World Dairy Expo, National Dairy Shrine and the Council on Dairy Cattle Breeding, and he was a member of The Ohio State University Dairy Science Advisory Committee.
Thorbahn was born and raised on a registered Holstein farm in Vickery, Ohio. He is a graduate of The Ohio State University, where he received the university alumni association’s highest honor as a recipient of the Outstanding Senior Award. Thorbahn also received his master’s degree in business administration from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
He was awarded The Ohio State University Young Professional Achievement Award and The Ohio State University Distinguished Alumni Award. In 2010, Thorbahn was named Union County Business Leader of the Year by the Union County Chamber of Commerce, and in 2017, he received the North American Intercollegiate Dairy Challenge Founders Award for service.
Thorbahn and his wife, Nancy, reside in Plain City, Ohio, and have two daughters, Jenna and Kelsey. His family is an active member of Northwest Presbyterian Church.