U.S. Poultry & Egg Association (USPOULTRY) announces the appointment of Stephen “Steve” Herring as controller. Herring is a Certified Public Accountant with more than 30 years of financial and accounting experience in various industries, including the poultry industry. In his position, Herring will manage the Association’s financial operations, including investments, budget control, audits and purchasing. He will be responsible for the development, continuing assessment, refinement and integrity of financial, informational technology, and business practices and procedures.

Herring received a Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting from the University of Georgia. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants. 

“I am pleased to join the USPOULTRY team. The Association is made up of professionals in their fields who are dedicated to the support of the industry, and I look forward to my role in helping accomplish our mission,” said Herring.


“USPOULTRY is excited to welcome Steve to our organization. We are confident that his strong financial background, combined with his extensive poultry industry experience, will be an asset to USPOULTRY’s ability to serve the industry,” said John Starkey, USPOULTRY president.

Herring is replacing Seals Burdell, CPA, who is retiring in spring 2017. Burdell has been USPOULTRY’s controller since 2010 and previously worked in a variety of accounting/controller roles for Gold Kist and then later for Pilgrim’s after the Gold Kist acquisition. “Seals has been a tremendous asset for our organization, and indeed, Gold Kist and Pilgrim’s as well. We wish nothing but the best for him and his wife, Pamela, in a well-earned retirement following a robust, dedicated and conscientious career,” remarked Starkey.