James I. Vincent has joined Harrison Poultry as executive vice president and chief financial officer (CFO).

Vincent brings an extensive background in finance, treasury, financial planning and analysis, tax, strategic planning and risk management and a deep appreciation for Harrison Poultry and its strategy for the future.

Before joining Harrison Poultry – a family owned, fully integrated poultry processing company -- Vincent was the controller for Wayne Farms LLC. In his new role, Vincent will lead Harrison Poultry’s financial operations and will report to CEO David Bleth.

“I’m delighted to welcome Jamie to Harrison Poultry. He’ll make an immediate impact as we continue our feed mill and hatchery construction project and embark on a new phase of growth,” said Bleth. “I’m particularly impressed with Jamie’s proven experience leading a financial function in a complex poultry industry company while maintaining an unrelenting focus on serving his company’s customers.”

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Harrison Poultry in December 2018 broke ground on a state-of-the-art chicken feed manufacturing facility and hatchery in Crawfordville to support rising demand for poultry. In addition to current operations, the completed facility will enable the company to support up to 165 new broiler houses and produce up to 18,000 tons of feed weekly. The Center for Rural Prosperity and Innovation at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College projects the new facility will add more than 230 jobs to the Taliaferro County region.

“I can’t imagine a more exciting time to join Harrison Poultry,” said Vincent. “The company is bringing significant economic development to an area of Georgia primed for new opportunities. The Harrison Poultry team is on an incredible growth trajectory, and I’m excited to be part of it.”

Vincent has more than 30 years of financial management experience. At Wayne Farms, he was responsible for the company’s accounting and finance reporting including financial compliance, payroll, treasury, credit and collections as well as maintaining the company’s internal controls and playing a critical role in the company’s capital transactions.

Before joining Wayne Farms, Vincent spent ten years at ChoicePoint, Inc. in positions of increasing responsibility, including serving as VP and CFO of the company’s Government Services Segment and of its Public Records Group. Before joining ChoicePoint, Vincent was with Equifax, Inc. for five years, and before that spent five years with Arther Andersen LLP. He earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Georgia and master’s of business administration in finance from Kennesaw State University. Vincent is a Certified Public Accountant, Certified Information Systems Auditor and Certified Fraud Examiner.