Sumner Feted At Dinner In New Orleans
The International Poultry Council’s first-semester meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana marked milestones as Robin Horel, president of Canadian Poultry and Egg Processors Council (CPEPC), was elected president and Jim Sumner stepped down as president after leading IPC in that role since its inception in 2005.
Ricardo Santin, CEO of Brazilian Animal Protein Association (ABPA) was reelected vice president, and Sumner, president of USA Poultry & Egg Export Council (USAPEEC), was elected treasurer.
Poultry industry representatives from many of the 27 member countries throughout the world were in attendance as the officers were installed and spoke at the president’s dinner.
Speaking of Sumner’s role in the establishment and growth of the IPC, Horel said, “Thank you from the entire poultry industry family for your leadership and devotion to the IPC.”
Leading a parade of testimonials by the organization’s members, Santin said, “Jim, while we still have a lot to do as an organization, I want to thank you on behalf of all the members of IPC for your leadership.”
Referring to the founding vision for IPC to be a platform for finding common ground on industry issues, he said, “Imagine competitors with differing views on contentious issues in the same room trying to come up with a common position. But with his patience, wisdom and diplomacy, Jim always succeeded in this when it seemed impossible. It was possible only because he believed in it and made us believe together.”
Responding to the accolades, Sumner said, “To have played a part in organizing the IPC has truly been a highlight of my career. IPC has evolved into much more than any of us ever expected 14 years ago. The biggest reward for me would be to see this organization continue to grow and thrive and represent all of the global poultry industry. While I plan to remain actively involved in the IPC, I am very comfortable passing the president’s gavel over and especially knowing that Robin, a very trusted and honorable person, is the recipient.”
Horel was reelected to the executive committee, and Richard Griffthis, CEO of the British Poultry Council (BPC), was elected to seat on the executive committee.