The U.S. Poultry & Egg Association (USPOULTRY) elected a new chairman at a board meeting held during the 2016 International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE). Previous vice chairman of the board, Paul Hill, of Ellsworth, Iowa, was elected into the position, and was presented with the time-honored “working man’s gavel” by Sherman Miller, the 2015 chairman.
Hill is a native of Iowa, and received a BA in economics from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. He was instrumental in the founding of West Liberty Foods, a farmer-owned turkey processing company, in 1996, and currently serves as chairman of the company. He is also president of Circle Hill Farms, as well as a past chairman of the National Turkey Federation.
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Interview with Paul Hill, USPOULTRY Chairman
The board also elected several other members to new positions within the USPOULTRY Executive Committee. Jerry Moye, of Siloam Springs, Arkansas, was named vice chairman. A graduate of Washington College in Maryland, Moye has worked in integrated chicken production for several large US integrators, and currently serves as president of Cobb-Vantress.
Tom Hensley, of Baldwin, Georgia, was named treasurer. Hensley graduated with a degree in business from Marshall University in West Virginia, and is currently president of Fieldale Farms, where he has worked for 38 years, as well as a member of Fieldale Farms Corporation board of directors.
John Prestage, of Clinton, North Carolina, was named secretary. Prestage graduated with a BS in Animal Science from North Carolina State University. He has served the poultry industry in various capacities on boards and committees, and is currently senior vice president of Prestage Farms. He has been with the company since its inception in 1983.
Sherman Miller, of Jackson, Mississippi, is immediate past chairman. He received his degree from Mississippi State University, and joined Cal-Maine Foods in 1997. He has worked in a variety of positions in the company, and is serving as their chief operating officer.
“I look forward to the leadership and guidance these officers will provide our organization,” remarked John Starkey, president of USPOULTRY.
Photos from IPPE: 2016 IPPE Photo Album