U.S. Poultry & Egg Association (USPOULTRY) presented the organization’s annual Lamplighter Award to three individuals at the International Poultry Expo, part of the 2017 International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE). The award pays tribute to individuals for “sustained and exemplary service” to the poultry and egg industry.

This year’s honorees are:


  • Dr. Carol Cardona, University of Minnesota. She is a professor and Pomeroy Endowed Chair in Avian Health for the Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Cardona's degrees include a DACPV Avian Disease Specialist Residency and Post-Doctoral from Cornell University, Ph.D. from Michigan State University, DVM from Perdue University and BA from Hannover College. Her area of expertise is in influenza and biosecurity.
  • Dr. John Carey, Texas A&M University. He is a professor for the Department of Poultry Science at Texas A&M University and has served as an extension program leader and Department Head in the Department of Poultry Science. Dr. Carey received his Ph.D. from Kansas State University and holds a BS from KSU and a MS from South Dakota State University. He was named a Fellow of the Poultry Science Association in 2014 for a career devoted to poultry research, teaching, extension, administration or the poultry industry. Dr. Carey is also a past president of the Poultry Science Association, in addition to serving in other roles for the organization.
  • Paul Pressley, USPOULTRY. He is executive vice president of industry programs for USPOULTRY, responsible for the strategic management of USPOULTRY’s technical services including food safety and production, environmental and educational programs. Prior to joining USPOULTRY, Pressley spent 25 years with Gold Kist as director of risk management and insurance. He holds the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter and Associate in Risk Management designations. He received his BS in Engineering Operations from North Carolina State University and his MBA from Georgia State University.

“We value the commitment and support of this year’s Lamplighter Award recipients,” said Paul Hill, West Liberty Foods, Ellsworth, Iowa, and outgoing USPOULTRY chairman. “They have enthusiastically dedicated themselves to contributing to the poultry industry, and we sincerely appreciate their service to the industry.”