Thomas Isaf elected chairman of USAPEEC board

He succeeds John Patchoski, who remains on the executive committee as immediate past chair.

Thomas Isaf
Thomas Isaf
Courtesy USAPEEC

Thomas Isaf, president of Interra International, was elected chairman of the board of the USA Poultry & Egg Export Council (USAPEEC) for 2024-25 during the 2024 USAPEEC Annual Meeting in Santa Rosa, California.

Isaf served as first vice chairman for the past year. He will head the board, which sets policy and provides direction to USAPEEC, an organization whose mission is to promote and increase exports of U.S. chicken, turkey, duck and egg products worldwide. He succeeds John Patchoski.

“It is a great honor to be elected chairman of USAPEEC,” Isaf said. “As Interra’s representative board member for nearly a decade, I have seen firsthand how critical this organization’s efforts are to maintaining and growing U.S. poultry and egg exports around the world. Given the many challenges our industry now faces, it is our responsibility to continue this work, and I very much look forward to it.”

Martin Piffaretti of FoodLink Group was elected to serve as first vice chairman for the 2024-2025 term, and Jianlin Si of Tyson Foods was elected second vice chairman.

Also elected to the USAPEEC Executive Committee for 2024-2025 were: Ryan Downes of Farbest as secretary-treasurer; Oleg Kovalev of Mountaire, Andrew Szymanski of Wayne-Sanderson Farms, and Haden Slain of Poseidon Forwarding as members-at-large; Christine McCracken of Rabobank as associate member-at-large; and Scot Gaffner of the Illinois Soybean Association as commodity member-at-large. Thierry Murad of AJC International will serve as chairman of the USAPEEC Market Advisory Panel and will have a seat on the executive committee. Patchoski will have a seat on the executive committee as immediate past chair.

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