Dr. Charles Olentine, executive vice president, USPOULTRY, was named USPOULTRY’s Workhorse of the Year during the International Poultry Expo, part of the 2013 International Production & Processing Expo. The poultry industry esteemed honor is given annually by USPOULTRY in recognition of dedicated service and valuable leadership given to the association and poultry industry. 

Olentine was collared with the long-established horse collar by 2012 Workhorse of the Year recipient, Bill Bradley. He was also presented with a commemorative plaque by 2012 USPOULTRY chairman, Mark Waller, Ingram Farms, Cullman, Ala.

“We are honored to recognize Charlie with this special award and acknowledge his many contributions to the association and the poultry industry. Charlie has committed a great deal of time and energy into expanding the expo into what it is today. We are deeply appreciative of his efforts and commitment,” said Waller.

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“Charlie has brought an amazing synergy and creativity to the show. But, he also stays abreast of the million little details that make such a difference for a successful trade show. There is no doubt his efforts have allowed our show to continue to grow and prosper,” said John Starkey, president of USPOULTRY.

After earning his bachelor's of science in animal science at Cornell University, master's of science in animal science at the University of Kentucky, and doctorate in animal physiology from Clemson University, Olentine worked with the National Feed Ingredients Association and with Watt Publishing for over 24 years before joining USPOULTRY in 2004. Olentine is in charge of all aspects of the International Poultry Expo for USPOULTRY.