Pete Block received a BA in Economics from Syracuse University in 1981. Block entered the poultry industry in 1984 working for Hy-Line International on the west coast. He served first as a sales representative in Southern California and in 1988 and became their Western Region Manager. In 2007, Block became the president of Hy-Line North America, LLC in West Des Moines, Iowa. In the United States, Hy-Line North America is the marketing and distribution company for Hy-Line International and Lohmann Tierzucht poultry genetics. Block has been on the Board of Directors for the Pacific Egg & Poultry Association, serving as president from 2006-07, and is also involved in the United Egg Producers Allied Association. He is a founding member of the Egg Industry Center Advisory Board. Block and his wife live in central Iowa.