Steve Conley, who has served as Corporate Human Resources Director at Peco Foods for 25 years, will retire in June. Peco CEO Mark Hickman announced Conley’s retirement plans on March 1 and said he has named a committee that will be charged with interviewing candidates and recommending a successor.

Conley joined Peco Foods in June 1992 and has been a key member of the corporate management team during a time of significant growth. One of the top poultry companies in the industry, Peco supplies a broad range of products and services to national restaurant chains, regional food service distributors and retail grocers as well as international accounts.

“Steve has led our company’s human resources division extremely well, developing excellent policies and procedures that have become a model for our industry,” Hickman said. “We deeply appreciate his quarter century of service to Peco Foods and wish him and his wife Phyliss a wonderful and well deserved retirement.” 

Conley’s professional career spans 33 years. Before joining the Peco team, he was director of human resources for WLR Foods (1990-1992) and complex HR manager with Wayne Farms (1987-1990). He also held management positions with Redman Homes, River Oaks Homes, Gold Kist and Monsanto. He is a graduate of Jacksonville State University.

“Being a part of the Peco family has been the experience of a lifetime,” Conley said. “I want to thank our CEO Mark Hickman, our Board Chairman Denny Hickman and my colleagues throughout the company for their friendship and support.”

Hickman said the national search for Conley’s successor will begin immediately. The committee charged with recommending his replacement includes Chief Operating Officer Benny Bishop, Chief Commercial Officer Bill Andersen and Conley.

Peco Foods is headquartered in Tuscaloosa, Ala., and has more than 6,000 employees in Alabama, Mississippi and Arkansas.