USAPEEC Elects New Officers

US - Chaz Wilson vice president of Grove Services, an international trading company with offices in Atlanta, was elected chairman of the board of the USA Poultry & Egg Export Council (USAPEEC) for 2012-13.
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Members of the USAPEEC Executive Committee for 2012-13 are, left to right, Mike Little, Mountaire Farms; Joel Coleman, Butterball; Neil Carey, Simmons Foods; Chaz Wilson, Grove Services; Charles von der Heyde, Pilgrim's Pride; Thierry Murad, AJC International; and Jim Wayt, Intervision Foods.

Incoming USAPEEC Board Chairman Chaz Wilson, right, of Grove Services, receives the ceremonial gavel from outgoing Chairman Thierry Murad of AJC International.

Mr Wilson succeeds outgoing chairman Thierry Murad, global product manager-poultry at AJC International, a major food exporter headquartered in Atlanta. His election came Thursday during USAPEEC’s annual meeting at the Hotel del Coronado.

As chairman, Mr Wilson will head the eight-member USAPEEC Executive Committee, which sets policy and gives direction to USAPEEC, an organization whose mission is to promote and increase exports of US chicken, turkey, duck and egg products worldwide.

USAPEEC members also elected Charles von der Heyde of Pilgrim’s Pride in Greeley, Colorado, as first vice chairman of the board, and Herbie Hoover of Sanderson Farms in Laurel, Mississippi, as second vice chairman.

Joel Coleman, vice president and general manager of international sales at Butterball LLC in Mt. Olive, North Carolina, was elected secretary-treasurer of the organization. He replaces Jim Hoben, vice president-poultry at Interra International, an Atlanta trading company. Mr Hoben is a former two-time chairman of USAPEEC.

Neil Carey of Simmons Foods in Siloam Springs, Arkansad, was elected chairman of USAPEEC’s Marketing Committee. The chairman of this committee also serves on the board and has a seat on the executive committee.

Rounding out the Executive Committee as at-large members are Mike Little, international sales manager Mountaire Farms in Selbyville, Delaware, and Jim Wayt of Intervision Foods in Atlanta. Murad will remain on the executive as past-chairman.

New members elected to three-year terms on the USAPEEC board are Claudio Saviano of House of Raeford, Raeford, N.C.; Greg Hinton of Rose Acre Farms in Seymour, Ind.; and Larry Gibson of George’s Inc. in Springdale, Arkansas.

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