Dr. Pearse Lyons

Founder and President

Dr. T. Pearse Lyons is the founder and president of Alltech, a top five animal health company that employs more than 5,000 people and conducts business in more than 120 countries. Founded in 1980 with $10,000 capital, the company has grown to annual sales of $2.1 billion.

Dr. Lyons is widely recognized as an innovative industry leader. His scientific expertise, combined with an acute business sense, helped revolutionize the animal feed industry through the introduction of natural ingredients to feed. Now in its fourth decade of business, Alltech improves the health and performance of people, animals and plants through natural nutrition and scientific innovation.

Dr. Lyons received his bachelor’s degree from University College Dublin, Ireland, and obtained his master’s and doctoral degrees at the University of Birmingham, England. He later worked as a biochemist for Irish Distillers before founding Alltech. Since then, he has authored more than 20 books and numerous research papers in scientific journals.

Dr. Lyons was acknowledged as leading one of the top 100 fastest-growing high tech companies by World Trade Magazine. He has been recognized for his contributions to science and industry and has been awarded honorary doctorates from Dublin City University, Ireland; University College Dublin, Ireland; the University of Plymouth, England; Heriot-Watt University, Scotland; and the University of Kentucky, Centre College, Eastern Kentucky University, the University of Pikeville and Northern Kentucky University, United States.

In 2012, Dr. Lyons was named Business Person of the Year by Business & Finance magazine, was honored as one of Irish America magazine's "Business 100" and received the prestigious Ireland-U.S. Council Award for Outstanding Achievement. In 2013, he was selected to receive the Commander’s Award for Public Service, a rarely presented official U.S. Army medal. He was also given the Gold Medal for Industry and Commerce, the Royal Dublin Society’s flagship award. In 2014, he was honored with the Sir Michael Smurfit Business Achievement Award from the Ireland Chamber of Commerce-USA as well as the prestigious Henry Clay Medallion, past recipients of which include Ted Turner, Itzhak Perlman, Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein and several of the United States’ most respected elected officials.

Dr. Lyons continues to serve on the editorial board of Critical Reviews in Biotechnology and was named in 2014 to the editorial board of the Journal of the Institute of Brewing.

Dr. Lyons spearheaded Alltech’s commitment to international equestrian sport, beginning with the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2010 in Lexington, Kentucky, which led to his receipt of the Commonwealth of Kentucky’s first-ever Legacy Award in 2011, and including the record-breaking Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy, France.



Professionals from around the world and across every industry attended last year’s conference and returned home inspired, re-energized and ready to change the world. Here’s what they had to say: 

“Thank you for organizing a great and thought-provoking conference. The standard for next year is set very high!” @balrathboyne

“Thanks Alltech for a great REBELation meeting this week! Speakers shared inspirational thoughts on innovation and purpose in food and agriculture!” @AgProudRyan

“Great event. Thanks to Alltech for its continued support for young agricultural journalists.” @BenPikeComms

“On behalf of the Dahmes and Genarex teams, please accept our sincere thanks for the invitation to Alltech’s 2015 conference. We found the event to be informative, well-organized, and very entertaining. We believe that it is very healthy for an organization to have its leaders attend events of this nature. The networking opportunities are invaluable. ” Dan DeGeest, General Manager, Dahmes Stainless, Inc., USA

“It’s easy to see why Alltech is succeeding and will feed the world someday. I used to think I knew the definition of networking, motivation, passion for work and passion for life. Now when I think of networking, I think of Alltech! When I think about motivation, it equals Alltech! When I think about passion for work, it’s Alltech! Passion for life and all life has to offer, I think of Dr. Pearse Lyons and Alltech!” Jeff Clines, Stand Energy Corporation, USA

“Alltech's 2015 conference in Kentucky was amazing and a real eye-opener. We loved it.” Rebecca Jamieson, Murdoch Southern Farms Limited, Invercargill, New Zealand

“Alltech's conference, and more importantly the attendees, empowered us to cement in stone our vision. Being two small islands down in the South Pacific does not mean we don't punch well above our weight and the inspirational environment of Kentucky confirmed this.” Ben Smith, Circular Solutions, Northland, New Zealand

"If we didn't push the boundaries as an industry, we would be producing about half as much food as we do today." Ron Arnason, Verus Animal Health Alliance, Canada

“My experience at Alltech's conference was very interesting. It is a very innovative event.” Zacharakis Kostas, VET FARM CARE, Thessaloniki ,Greece 

"I've had the opportunity to attend five times and can say it is a very interesting experience. Every time I’ve attended there is a chance to network, gain knowledge and share experiences on countless subjects with scientists of today and the future. It is worth attending and I would not miss it for the world.” Simon Rodriguez, Nutritionist, Agrosantana, Venezuela

"Alltech's conference provides a great opportunity to meet many people who visit from all over the world, with knowledge on the same nutritional subjects, to share ideas and experiences. Once we return to work, we are renewed with a fresh global vision about the business, open to new ideas and opportunities." Enrique Soto, President, Agrosantana, Venezuela

"Alltech's annual event is a compilation of the best ideas for agribusiness and the world. It is an eye-opening networking experience. We do not want to miss the next!" Paola Cruz, General Manager, Nutrieco, Columbia

"The event is very high-level in all aspects—educational, motivating, and, above all, inspiring."

Indira Cedeño, Administrative Manager, Ecuador