Delmarva Poultry Industry (DPI) has hired Holly Porter as its assistant executive director.
Mrs. Porter’s responsibilities for the non-profit trade association working for the Delmarva Peninsula’s chicken industry will include membership development and promotion, assisting the communications manager on outreach programs, expanding the association’s public affairs work, serving as liaison with other poultry and agricultural associations, working with the executive director on event and meeting planning and implementation, and assisting the Executive Director with all aspects of organization management and policy implementation.
“I’m excited to begin working for the common good of the chicken industry,” Porter said. “Delmarva’s chicken industry contributes $3.2 billion annually to our economy, and it is absolutely central to the prosperity of farmers, businesses, and families from Accomack County, Virginia to Cecil County, Maryland. DPI plays a key role in keeping us strong and profitable. I intend to help our ranks grow with new members, and will work diligently to keep DPI’s members informed and engaged.”
Executive Director Bill Satterfield noted her outstanding background and enthusiasm as prime factors in her hiring. “We are fortunate to have Holly as part of our team with an eye toward her becoming Executive Director in early 2019,” Satterfield said. “With her experiences at the largest agricultural lender on Delmarva and her marketing and policy work in Delaware government, she will hit the ground running to provide more services to our industry and our members.”
Porter comes to DPI from the Delaware Department of Agriculture, where she was a deputy principal assistant in the Office of the Secretary. Previously, she was a marketing specialist for the Delaware Department of Agriculture and also worked in marketing for MidAtlantic Farm Credit. She has served as the co-director of the LEADelaware program, as a committee member of the MidAtlantic Women in Agriculture Conference and as an advisory council member to the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education program. Porter grew up on a grain farm on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, and earned a degree from Marymount University. She and her family make their home in Caroline County, Maryland
DPI is the 1,800-member, non-profit trade association for the Delmarva Peninsula’s chicken industry.