New US Poultry & Egg Association Chairman

US - Mark Waller, Ingram Farms, Cullman, AL, was elected chairman of the board of directors of US Poultry & Egg Association (USPOULTRY) at their meeting during the 2021 International Poultry Expo.
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He previously served as vice chairman. Waller was presented with the time-honored “working man’s gavel” by 2011 chairman, Gary Cooper.

Waller has a BS degree in poultry science at Mississippi State University. Prior to joining Ingram 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. He has served on the USPOULTRY board of directors since 2005.

Vice Chairman

James Adams, Wenger’s Feed Mill, Rheems, PA is the new vice chairman. 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.


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


Sherman Miller, Cal-Maine Foods, was named secretary. A native of Mississippi, 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.

Immediate Past Chairman

Gary Cooper, Cooper Farms, Oakwood, OH, is immediate past chairman. He began his career more than 30 years ago at Cooper Farms, which produces turkeys and turkey products, eggs, and pork. In the third generation at the family-owned operation, he serves as chief operating officer. Cooper is a past president of the Ohio Poultry Association and is a member of the Midwest Poultry Consortium board.

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