Chief Strategy Officer Trista Brown Priest is the 3rd generation of the Brown family to work at Cattle Empire. She has worked in different capacities at the company since she was 14 years old. She came back to Cattle Empire full-time as the Empire Repair Services manager following her graduation from Kansas State University with her bachelor's in business management and marketing in 2008. She then returned to Kansas State University iin 2010 to pursue her MBA in agriculture economics and finance, which she graduated with in 2012. Following her graduation, she assumed the position of Vice President of Cattle Empire, transitioning to Chief Strategy Officer in 2015, where she now leads the risk management, human resources, and communications teams.
Trista married John Priest in 2014, and on December 20, 2016, they welcomed their daughter Charlotte into the world. Trista says, "She is the best thing that has ever happened to me." John is originally from Sabetha, Kansas, where his family farms and operates a cow/calf ranch. He graduated from Kansas State University with a bachelor's in animal science in 2008, and he now farms Cattle Empire land for Empire Prime Ranch.