Dr. Dennis W. Casey attended Iowa State University and received his B.S. degree in Agricultural Business in 1964, his Masters degree in Poultry Breeding in 1968, and his Ph.D. in Poultry Breeding and Genetics in 1970. Following graduation from Iowa State, Dr. Casey joined Hy-Line International that same year, starting in the Research Department. In 1974, Dr. Casey was named manager of the company's West Coast distribution organization and in 1975 became president of Hy-Line International and held that position until his retirement from Hy-Line in October 2006. Among his many achievements at Hy-Line, Dr. Casey played a major role in modernizing the chick distribution system within the United States and helped restructure the international marketing system toward steady expansion.
Dr. Casey is a past president of BiOva and has been a longtime member of the International Egg Commission. He has sat on the boards of the Southeastern Poultry and Egg Association, United Egg Producers allied industry group, past chairman of the Midwest Poultry Consortium, of which he was a founding father along with Bob Sparboe, served as the allied industry advisor to the American Egg Board, and has published several scientific articles. He is a founding member of the Egg Industry Center Advisory Board and served as its Chair from 2012-2018.
In 2007, Dr. Casey was inducted into the Iowa State University Department of Animal Science "Hall of Fame" and in 2006, he was presented with the Denis Wellstead award for "International Egg Person of the Year" at the 2006 World Poultry Forum, which took place in Guadalajara, Mexico. That same year he was the recipient of the Iowa Poultry Association and Egg Industries "Lifetime Membership" award, and the Midwest Poultry Consortium's "Outstanding Service" award. In 2003, Dr. Casey was the recipient of the United Egg Producers' "Industry Person of the Year" award and in 1999 was named the Iowa Poultry Association and Egg Industries "Industry Person of the Year." Dr. Casey and his wife reside in central Iowa. In his spare time he enjoys golfing and gardening.