New National Chicken Council chairman announced

By Aidan Fortune

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Mark Kaminsky is the new National Chicken Council chairman
Mark Kaminsky is the new National Chicken Council chairman

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Koch Foods chief operating officer Mark Kaminsky has been unveiled as the new chairman of the National Chicken Council (NCC).

Announced at the NCC Annual Conference held in Washington, DC, he will assume the role for the next 12 months.

Kaminsky began his career with Koch Foods in 1990 on the financial side of the business, but learned the operational side, including live processing, through Koch’s move to become a vertically integrated poultry company in 1996.  He has assisted in Koch’s growth from a one-plant operation to one of the leading poultry companies in the US, through acquisitions, greenfield site developments and internal expansion.

Serving as vice-chairman for 2018-2019 is Clint Rivers, president and chief executive officer of Wayne Farms. 

Rivers joined Wayne Farms in October 2012 as vice-president and general manager of the fresh business unit and, in 2017, was promoted to president and chief executive officer. 

Prior to joining Wayne Farms, Rivers served as president of foodservice and supply chain with Perdue Farms. He also worked 21 years with Pilgrim’s Pride, where he held positions of chief operating officer, president and CEO. 

Trent Goins, president and CEO of O.K. Foods, takes over as NCC secretary-treasurer.  Over the past 15 years, Goins has held various positions within the company including vice-president of sales and marketing and regional sales manager. 

All three will serve one-year terms.

As well as the three new officers, Mike Brown was elected to a sixth term as president of the NCC.

“I want to personally thank immediate past chairman Ben Harrison for the leadership and stewardship he displayed at the council during his chairmanship,”​ he said. “I look forward to leaning on the vast knowledge of Mark, Clint, and Trent to help guide our organisation and the industry in the coming year.”

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