Perdue associates from left to right are Kara Sims Tharpe, Brittney Rutter, Brittany Hutchison and Nicole Bellus.

International Production and Processing Expo Recognizes Four Perdue Farms’ Associates As ‘30 Under 30’ Young Leaders

February 10, 2020

Salisbury, Md. (Monday, February 10, 2020) — Four Perdue Farms’ associates were recognized as young leaders by the International Production and Processing Expo (IPPE) as part of its “30 Under 30” program at the February expo in Atlanta. They were recognized at an awards ceremony at the Georgia World Congress Center, where more than 30,000 industry employees gathered for the three-day IPPE event.

Those from Perdue Farms recognized were:

  • Brittney Rutter, manager at the company’s hatchery in Eagle Springs, N.C. She joined Perdue in June of 2017
  • Nicole Bellus, area supervisor with the Delmarva South grow-out office in Salisbury, Md. She joined Perdue in December of 2016.
  • Brittany Hutchison, flock advisor at the company’s grow-out office in Candor, N.C. She joined Perdue in July of 2016.
  • Kara Sims Tharpe, senior flock advisor for the Kentucky Breeder Department in Leitchfield, Ky. She joined Perdue in 2016.

“Millennials are making their mark throughout our company and will play an important role in our future success,” said Kathryn Danko, Vice President of Human Resources and Chief Diversity Officer. “At Perdue, we could not be prouder of these four emerging leaders.”

Through exposure to the world’s largest annual trade show involving the production and processing of meat and poultry products and the manufacturing of feed and pet food products, the “30 Under 30” program provides education and training and exposes them to the latest technology.

Recipients received a plaque recognizing them as a “Young Leader,” registration to the 2019 IPPE, attendance to all education programs and one paid workshop, breakfast with a keynote speaker and two nights of lodging.

The “30 Under 30” program winners must be employees at companies that are directly involved in the production and/or processing of poultry and meat or the production of animal or poultry feed and are active members of either the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association, the American Feed Industry Association or the North American Meat Institute. Applicants were judged by a panel of industry professionals, in part, on a short essay on what primary challenges they believe their industry will face in the next five years and how the industry should address those issues.

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