George Watts, retiring president of the National Chicken Council, was honored by the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association during the 2011 International Poultry Expo with the Harold E. Ford Lifetime Achievement Award.

The award is presented to an individual whose dedication and leadership over the years have far exceeded the ordinary and impacted both the poultry industry and the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association in an exemplary manner. The award is presented non-annually and when the Awards and Recognition Committee unanimously recognizes and endorses the need for occasional, unique recognition for exceptional contributions.


"[Watts] has been influential in leveraging industry effectiveness through the development of partnerships and collaborations with other trade associations," said John Starkey, president of USPOULTRY. "Under his direction, a single Environmental Committee and Human Resources and Safety Committee now represent the interests of the NCC, [National Turkey Federation] and USPOULTRY. George’s determination to enhance these partnerships extended beyond making the National Chicken Council successful to making the entire industry and affiliated organizations successful."

Watts currently serves on the board of directors for the International Poultry Development Program joint-venture broiler project in Russia. He received the Poultry Industry Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Poultry and Food Distributors Association in January 2002 and the Merial Distinguished Poultry Industry Career Award at the 2009 Poultry Science Association Annual Meeting.