Porter named DPI ex­cec­u­tive direc­tor

The Star Democrat - - REAL ESTATE -

GE­ORGE­TOWN, DEL. — Holly Porter has been named ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor of Del­marva Poul­try In­dus­try Inc., Del­marva’s 1,800-mem­ber chicken in­dus­try trade as­so­ci­a­tion.

She suc­ceeds Bill Sat­ter­field, who re­tired Dec. 31 after a 32-year ca­reer with DPI.

Porter is DPI’s first fe­male ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor; no­tably, 2019 will be the first year in which DPI’s pres­i­dent and ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor are both women. The pres­i­dent of DPI’s board of directors for 2019 is Jen­nifer Timmons, a chicken grower and an as­sis­tant pro­fes­sor at the Uni­ver­sity of Mary­land Eastern Shore who teaches poul­try pro­duc­tion and an­i­mal nutrition.

“Del­marva’s chicken in­dus­try con­trib­utes $3.4 bil­lion an­nu­ally to our econ­omy, and it is ab­so­lutely cen­tral to the pros­per­ity of farm­ers, busi­nesses, and fam­i­lies from Northamp­ton County, Vir­ginia to Ce­cil County, Mary­land,” Porter said. “At DPI, our vi­sion is to be the most re­spected chicken or­ga­ni­za­tion in the coun­try. We will work for our mem­bers by pro­vid­ing strong ad­vo­cacy in state leg­is­la­tures, of­fer­ing prac­ti­cal ed­u­ca­tional op­por­tu­ni­ties for chicken grow­ers and chicken com­pany em­ploy­ees, and help­ing the chicken com­mu­nity be more prof­itable through our elec­tric buy­ing group and our as­sis­tance with in­stalling veg­e­ta­tive en­vi­ron­men­tal buf­fers.”

Porter joined DPI in 2017 as the as­sis­tant ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor, com­ing 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 worked in mar­ket­ing for MidAt­lantic Farm Credit. An alumna of LEAD Mary­land Class VII, 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 live in Caro­line County.

Del­marva Poul­try In­dus­try, Inc. is the Del­marva chicken in­dus­try’s voice as the pre­mier mem­ber­ship as­so­ci­a­tion fo­cus­ing on ad­vo­cacy, education and mem­ber re­la­tions. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit dpichicken.org; like DPI on Face­book; and fol­low on Twit­ter.

JEN­NIFER TIMMONS

HOLLY PORTER

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