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ST MARYS, GA - February 10, 2021 –The National Protein and Food Distributors Association Board of Directors met on Monday, January 25th.

Tammy Vige, Director Marketing of Pacific Agri-Products of South San Francisco, CA, succeeds Nick Stams, Founder & President of Stams Family Foods of Huntsville, AL, as the organization's chairperson.

As chair, Vige will lead the board of directors, which sets policy and provides direction to NPFDA, including the noteworthy renaming and rebranding of the organization.

Jeff Paschall, VP of Sales at Fieldale Farms Corporate in Baldwin, GA moved into the Vice Chair role after serving as Treasure in 2020. Newly elected to the NPFDA Executive Committee was Judson “Jud” Guest as treasurer. He is the Executive Vice President of LAD Truck Lines in Watkinsville, GA.

NPFDA is governed by an Executive Committee and Board of Directors consisting of industry professionals from around the country representing protein companies, distributors, processing companies and other allied industries. The Board oversees the direction of the organization and works directly with the staff to guide the organizational growth.

Returning board members are: Rick Trenary, Perdue Farms; R.E. Butts, Butts Foods; Nathan Vaughan, Mar-Jac Poultry; Nathan Pence, Wholesome Foods; Laurie Pate, Foodlinx; Joe Jurgielewicz, Joe Jurgielewicz & Sons; Jim Culp, Cook International; Jamie Doherty, Pilgrim’s; Ian Hesketh, Gordon Food Service; Fernando Puentes, High Point Logistics; Doug Nielsen, Turkey Valley Farms; Ben Medearis, Americold; and Denny Woodward, Tyson Foods.

Newly appointed board members are Barry Moose, Koch Foods; Wayne Shuler, Shuler Meats; Russ Whitman, Urner Barry; Amit Morey, Auburn University; Dave Bayer, Peco Foods; Don Poulin, Golbon; Charlene Keller, Choptank Transport; Mark Schultz, Seaonus Cold Storage; and Ben Etherton, APPI.

Outgoing board members are: Glennon Monroe, Columbia Meats; Henry Buzgon, Eastern Quality Foods; Fred Dawkins, Fred Dawkins Esq., PC; Joe Dempsey, Supremas; Vincent Mennella, Mennella’s Poultry.; Chad Pitts, Agro America; Tim Rathert, Quaker Valley Foods; and Chan Windham, House of Raeford.

About NPFDA   

The National Protein and Food Distributors Association (NPFDA) formerly known as National Poultry and Food Distributors Association, is a non-profit trade association based in St. Mary’s, Georgia which has been in existence since 1967. It is currently comprised of poultry and food suppliers, retailers, processors, transportation companies and marketers with a membership of 280 industry firms from throughout the country. The association’s goal is to provide platforms for all members to get together and network, grow and learn from one another, and develop real lasting business relationships. NPFDA’s mission is to provide a forum for food distributors, processors, and allied industries that fosters long term relationships through the exchange of ideas. For more information, visit or call (912) 439-3603. Follow us on Twitter @NPFDA1 or via Facebook at