Todd Simmons, CEO and Vice Chairman of Simmons Foods and Affiliates in Siloam Springs, Arkansas, was named “2015 Industry Leader of the Year” by The Poultry Federation (TPF) of Arkansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma, during the 56th Annual Poultry Festival, held in Rogers, Arkansas on June 19-20.
The award has been presented by TPF since 1955 and recognizes the outstanding achievements of poultry and egg executives and their contribution to the industry. Presenting the award this year was TPF’s current Board of Directors and Marvin Childers, TPF president.
Simmons has been involved in the poultry industry since birth. Following in his grandfather’s and his father’s shoes, he began working for the company at the age of 19, and after graduating from Georgetown University with a bachelor of science degree in business management, he returned to Northwest Arkansas to train in every area of the business. In 2013 he was promoted to CEO and vice chairman, after serving as CEO of both the Poultry and Pet Food divisions for the previous six years.
He has been credited for being instrumental in the vision of a new Poultry Federation building in Little Rock and provided the building committee and board of directors with an analysis of the financial commitment as well as the construction documents. He runs the day-to-day operations of Simmons Foods with the help of over 5,800 employees. Simmons Foods, according to TPF, focuses on customizing chicken products in foodservice and retail and they are recognized as one of the country’s top ten privately held poultry processors with operations in Arkansas, Oklahoma and Missouri.
Simmons’ grandfather, Bill Simmons, was named Industry Leader of the Year in 1961 and his father, Mark Simmons, was named Industry Leader of the Year in 1990.
Todd Simmons and his wife, Shelley, reside in Siloam Springs and have two children.