John Starkey, president of U.S. Poultry & Egg Association (USPOULTRY), was named the Association’s Workhorse of the Year during the International Poultry Expo, part of the 2015 International Production & Processing Expo. The poultry industry’s most esteemed honor is given annually in recognition of dedicated service and valuable leadership given to the Association and poultry industry.
Starkey was “collared” with the long-established horse collar by 2014 Workhorse of the Year recipient, Dr. Hongwei Xin. He was also presented with a commemorative plaque by newly elected 2015 USPOULTRY chairman, Sherman Miller, Cal-Maine Foods, Jackson, Mississippi.
“We are honored to recognize John with this special award and acknowledge his many contributions to the poultry industry and the Association. We are deeply appreciative of the enthusiastic and tireless efforts, time and energy he has committed to the USPOULTRY Foundation endowment and for his work on behalf of the industry. His vision and perseverance will provide enduring sustainability for the Association and the Foundation,” remarked Miller.
Starkey received his B.S. in chemical engineering from Purdue University, his M.S. in sanitary engineering from Georgia Tech, and is a registered professional engineer in several states. Prior to joining USPOULTRY, Starkey worked with Gold Kist, Hudson Foods and Vaughn, Coltrane & Associates. Starkey was appointed president of USPOULTRY in 2007.