U.S. Poultry & Egg Association Names New Leadership

James Adams takes helm as chairman of the board of directors

Published on: Jan 30, 2013

James Adams, Wenger Feeds, Rheems, Penn., was elected chairman of the board of directors of U.S. Poultry & Egg Association during the International Poultry Expo this week.

Adams previously served as vice chairman, and was presented with the "working man's gavel" by 2012 chairman, Mark Waller.

A native of Pennsylvania, he received his BS in poultry technology and management and a Masters in Business Administration, both from Penn State University. Adams joined Wenger Feeds in 1980 and has worked in a variety of responsibilities in egg production, feed manufacturing, transportation, purchasing, and sales and marketing. He is currently president and CEO of Wenger Feeds, and has served on the USPOULTRY board of directors since 2002.

The 2013 U.S. Poultry & Egg Association Executive Committee includes (from left): Mark Waller, Ingram Farms, Cullman, Ala., immediate past chairman; Elton Maddox, Wayne Farms, Oakwood, Ga., vice chairman; James Adams, Wenger Feeds, Rheems, Penn., chairman; Sherman Miller, Cal-Maine Foods, Jackson, Miss., treasurer; and Paul Hill, West Liberty Foods, West Liberty, Iowa, secretary.
The 2013 U.S. Poultry & Egg Association Executive Committee includes (from left): Mark Waller, Ingram Farms, Cullman, Ala., immediate past chairman; Elton Maddox, Wayne Farms, Oakwood, Ga., vice chairman; James Adams, Wenger Feeds, Rheems, Penn., chairman; Sherman Miller, Cal-Maine Foods, Jackson, Miss., treasurer; and Paul Hill, West Liberty Foods, West Liberty, Iowa, secretary.

Vice Chairman

Elton Maddox, Wayne Farms, Oakwood, Ga., is the new vice chairman. Maddox received his BS in engineering from the University of Georgia and joined Wayne Farms in 1974. He has worked in a number of management positions within the company and is currently president and CEO of Wayne Farms. In addition, he is a past chairman of the National Chicken Council and the Georgia Improvement Association and a past president of the Georgia Poultry Federation and the Georgia Poultry Processors Federation.

Treasurer

Sherman Miller, Cal-Maine Foods, Jackson, Miss., was named treasurer. He received his BS in poultry science from Mississippi State University. Miller joined Cal-Maine Foods in 1997 where he worked in a variety of positions. He is currently chief operating officer for Cal-Maine Foods.

Secretary

Paul Hill, West Liberty Foods, West Liberty, Iowa, was named secretary. Hill received his BA in economics from St. Olaf College. He was instrumental in the founding of West Liberty Foods, a farmer-owned company, in 1996. He is currently chairman of West Liberty Foods, as well as president of Circle Hill Farms. In addition, he is a past chairman of the National Turkey Federation.

Immediate Past Chairman

Mark Waller, Ingram Farms, Cullman, Ala., is immediate past chairman. Waller has a BS degree in poultry science at Mississippi State University. Prior to joining Ingram Farms in 1998, he was with Tyson Foods for 19 years, serving as plant manager and complex manager. Waller is now sales and processing director for Ingram Farms. He is a past president of the Alabama Poultry & Egg Association.