Committees and Advisory Councils

NPFDA Elected and Appointed Committees:

  • Executive Committee: The Executive Committee is composed of five (5) elected members as follows: The Chair, the Vice Chair, the President, the Treasurer, and the immediate Past Chair.
  • Finance Committee: Reviews and makes budget recommendations. The committee consists of the President, the Chair, the Vice-Chair, the Treasurer, the Immediate Past Chair, and two other Past Chairs as selected by the current Chair.
  • Nominating Committee: Board and Treasurer ballots are submitted to the nominating committee for review and verification. The Immediate Past Chair shall be the Chairperson of the Nominating committee.  The members of the Nominating Committee shall include the President, Immediate Past Chair, Chair, and two other board members as appointed by the Chairperson of the nominating committee.
  • Awards Committee: Elects Member of the Year and Lifetime Achievement Award recipients from nominations submitted by the board and membership. The committee is comprised of the Chair and four (4) past Members of the Year appointed by The Chair.

Volunteer Committees and Advisory Councils:

  • Meetings & Showcase Advisory Council:  This council consults with and advises the NPFDA staff regarding arrangements for the Annual Convention, Spring Exchange, Fall Meeting and other events. Need and feasibility for additional NPFDA functions should be discussed and put into action as determined. Members may also be called upon to help with specific duties during these events.
  • Silent Auction Committee: This committee consults with and advises the NPFDA staff regarding the NPFDA Scholarship Foundation Silent Auction during the NPFDA Annual Convention.  The committee also solicits donations and coordinates the auction along with NPFDA Staff during the Convention.
  • Scholarship Selection Committee: The scholarship committee coordinates with staff to handle the selection of scholarship recipients. This committee also consults with and advises the NPFDA Foundation staff regarding scholarship processes and criteria.  All Scholarship Selection Committee members are also Silent Auction Committee members. 
  • Membership Advisory Council: This council consults with and advises the NPFDA staff regarding recruitment and retention of NPFDA members.  In addition, they serve as a “think tank” regarding helping members feel connected and understanding the value of a NPFDA membership. 

Thank you to all who serve!

Scholarship Selection Committee

Fred Dawkins
Fred Dawkins
Frederick C. Dawkins, Esq., P.C.
Chair
Henry Buzgon
Henry Buzgon
Senior Vice President Eastern Quality Foods
Committee Member
Judson Guest
Judson Guest
Executive Vice President LAD Truck Lines
Board Liaison
Mariss Hans
Mariss Hans
General Manager Foodlinx, Inc.
Committee Member
Ben Medearis
Ben Medearis
Director Business Development Americold
Committee Member
Amit Morey
Amit Morey
Assistant Professor Department of Poultry Science Auburn University
Committee Member
Denny Woodard
Denny Woodard
Tyson Foods
Committee Member
Cece Corbin
Cece Corbin
President/CEO National Protein & Food Distributors Association
Staff Liaison
Alina Cooper
Alina Cooper
Director of Communications National Protein & Food Distributors Association
Staf Liaison

Meetings and Showcase Advisory Council

Kevin Grindle
Kevin Grindle
GA - Sales Manager Mar-Jac Poultry, Inc.
Co-Chair
Barry Moose
Barry Moose
Divison Manager of Transportation Koch Foods of Gainesville
Co-Chair
Ada Brewster
Ada Brewster
Senior Sales Executive Bay and Bay
Committee Member
Dylan Hughes
Dylan Hughes
Poultry Market Reporter Urner Barry
Committee Member
Ben Medearis
Ben Medearis
Director Business Development Americold
Committee Member
Lee Neal
Lee Neal
Vice President of Business Development Plains Dedicated
Committee Member
Carol Lanham
Carol Lanham
Director of Member Relations and Development National Protein & Food Distributors Association
Staff Liaison
Cece Corbin
Cece Corbin
President/CEO National Protein & Food Distributors Association
Staff Liaison

Lifetime and Member of the Year Awards Committees

Judson Guest
Judson Guest
Executive Vice President LAD Truck Lines
Chair
Walter Cooper
Sales Claxton Poultry Farms
Past MOY
Joe Monroe
General Manager Columbia Meats
Past MOY
Kenny Seeger
Vice President Seeger and Sons Meat Sales
Past MOY
Chris Sharp
Chris Sharp
VP & Owner Kelly's Foods
Past MOY
Cece Corbin
Cece Corbin
President/CEO National Protein & Food Distributors Association
Staff

Membership Advisory Council

Greg Morgan
Greg Morgan
Senior Poultry Category Manager Quirch Foods Inc.
Chair
Dave Bayer
Dave Bayer
National Sales Manager Peco Foods, Inc
Committee Member
Jamie Doherty
Jamie Doherty
Director of Outside Sales Pilgrim's
Committee Member
Oliver Hoad
Oliver Hoad
Energy Consultant APPI Energy
Committee Member
Louisa Lee
Business Development Manager Americold
Committee Member
Justin Monfredini
General Manager PacAgri Foods
Committee Member
Martin Piffaretti
Director FoodLink Group Inc
Committee Member
Tim Rathert
Tim Rathert
QV Foods, Fresh and Frozen Poultry Sales Quaker Valley Foods, Inc
Committee Member
Mark Schultz
Mark Schultz
VP Sales FlexCold
Committee Member
Rick Trenary
Rick Trenary
Vice President Industrial Sales Perdue Farms, Inc.
Committee Member
Cece Corbin
Cece Corbin
President/CEO National Protein & Food Distributors Association
Staff Liaison
Carol Lanham
Carol Lanham
Director of Member Relations and Development National Protein & Food Distributors Association
Staff Liaison

Executive Committee

Judson Guest
Judson Guest
Executive Vice President LAD Truck Lines
Chair
Laurie Pate
Laurie Pate
President/CEO Foodlinx, Inc.
Vice Chair
Chan Windham
Chan Windham
Vice President of Sales House of Raeford Farms/Filet of Chicken
Treasurer
Jeff Paschall
Jeff Paschall
VP of Sales & Marketing Fieldale Farms Corp./Springer Mountain Farms
Immediate Past Chair

Nominating Committee

Judson Guest
Judson Guest
Executive Vice President LAD Truck Lines
NPFDA Chair
Jeff Paschall
Jeff Paschall
VP of Sales & Marketing Fieldale Farms Corp./Springer Mountain Farms
Immediate Past Chair
Tim Rathert
Tim Rathert
QV Foods, Fresh and Frozen Poultry Sales Quaker Valley Foods, Inc
Board Member
Rick Trenary
Rick Trenary
Vice President Industrial Sales Perdue Farms, Inc.
Board Member
Cece Corbin
Cece Corbin
President/CEO National Protein & Food Distributors Association
Staff

Silent Auction Committee

Mariss Hans
Mariss Hans
General Manager Foodlinx, Inc.
Chair
R.E. Butts
R.E. Butts
Co-Founder North Royal Partners
Committee Member
Vanderbilt Edwards
Vanderbilt Edwards
Director, Key Accounts Americold
Committee Member
Fred Dawkins
Fred Dawkins
Frederick C. Dawkins, Esq., P.C.
Committee Member
Judson Guest
Judson Guest
Executive Vice President LAD Truck Lines
Committee Member
Charlene Keller
Charlene Keller
Senior Director of Enterprise Accounts Hub Group
Committee Member
Ben Medearis
Ben Medearis
Director Business Development Americold
Committee Member
Amit Morey
Amit Morey
Assistant Professor Department of Poultry Science Auburn University
Committee Member
Lee Neal
Lee Neal
Vice President of Business Development Plains Dedicated
Committee Member
Valdimer Nunes
CSO Dreisbach
Committee Member
Jeff Paschall
Jeff Paschall
VP of Sales & Marketing Fieldale Farms Corp./Springer Mountain Farms
Committee Member
Laurie Pate
Laurie Pate
President/CEO Foodlinx, Inc.
Committee Member
Fernando Puentes
Fernando Puentes
Business Development HPL Logistics
Committee Member
Nick Stams
Nick Stams
Founder & President Stams Family Foods
Committee Member
Nathan Vaughan
Nathan Vaughan
Sales Mar-Jac Poultry, Inc.
Committee Member
Chan Windham
Chan Windham
Vice President of Sales House of Raeford Farms/Filet of Chicken
Committee Member
Denny Woodard
Denny Woodard
Tyson Foods
Committee Member
Cece Corbin
Cece Corbin
President/CEO National Protein & Food Distributors Association
Staff Liaison
Alina Cooper
Alina Cooper
Director of Communications National Protein & Food Distributors Association
Staff Liaison