Abit Massey, president emeritus of the Georgia Poultry Federation, received the Harold E. Ford Lifetime Achievement Award from the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association during the 2012 International Poultry Expo.

The award is presented to an individual whose dedication and leadership over the years have far exceeded the ordinary and impacted both the poultry industry and USPOULTRY in an exemplary manner. “In addition to being recognized as a Georgia poultry industry icon, [Massey] is recognized as a leader in several fields, including the lobbying profession, association management field and among collegiate supporters,” said Gary Cooper, immediate past chairman of USPOULTRY. “[Massey] is well respected and highly regarded within the industry, and his legacy will be acknowledged for many years to come.”

Massey is past chairman of the board of directors for the American Society of Association Executives, past president of the Georgia Society of Association Executives and GSAE Foundation, past president of the University of Georgia Alumni Association, and organizer and first president of the State Poultry Executives Association.