Covington resident Jim Sumner, president of the USA Poultry & Egg Export Council (USAPEEC), has been named the recipient of the 2012 Poultry Industry Lifetime Achievement Award by the National Poultry & Food Distributors Association (NPFDA).
Sumner will received the prestigious award at the annual NPFDA reception Wednesday during the organization's 2012 convention in Atlanta, which coincided with the International Poultry Expo.
Sumner has been president of USAPEEC since 1990.
The NPFDA Lifetime Achievement Award has been presented since 1991.
Notable past recipients include Frank Perdue of Perdue Farms, Don Tyson of Tyson Foods, Joe Hatfield and Tom Arrendale of Fieldale Farms, Norman Fries of Claxton Poultry, Doug Cagle of Cagle's Inc., Bo Pilgrim of Pilgrim's Pride, Col. Harland Sanders, founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken; Marvin Johnson of House of Raeford, Doug Carnes of Mar Jac Poultry and Terry Tucker of Maple Leaf Farms.