Bill Roenigk, senior vice president of the National Chicken Council since 1974, will retire from his current role and become a consultant to the council, starting in June 2013.

"After nearly 40 years of service to the National Chicken Council and the U.S. chicken industry, Bill's contributions are countless and his encyclopedic mind on the history and issues of importance to our industry is unchallenged," NCC President Mike Brown said in a message to NCC membership. "I thank Bill for his unmatched service and congratulate him on this announcement."  

Brown noted the arrangement will allow Roenigk to "remain an important part of the team and we will all still benefit from his wisdom and wit – just not nearly as often."

Roenigk, in his own message to the National Chicken Council membership, expressed his appreciation for the opportunity to work for the council and with an outstanding industry. He also expressed his appreciation to the council’s executive leadership for accepting his request to continue with the council on a consultancy basis. He added that he looks forward to helping the council continue to achieve its mission.

Earlier this year, Roenigk was honored with the Poultry Industry Lifetime Achievement Award, which was presented to him by the National Poultry & Food Distributors Association during the 2013 International Production and Processing Expo in Atlanta.

Roenigk joined the National Chicken Council (then the National Broiler Council) in 1974. His responsibilities at the council have included conducting economic and market analyses and presentation of broiler industry issues and concerns – both domestic and international – to a variety of government bodies and non-government organizations.

Prior to joining the National Chicken Council,  Roenigk was an agricultural economist with the United States Department of Agriculture. He holds a bachelor’s from Penn State University and a master’s degree from the University of Delaware. Both degrees are in agricultural economics. He has also completed course work for a doctorate at the University of Maryland.