JUNE 26, 2015: Todd Simmons, CEO and Vice Chairman of Simmons Foods andAffiliates in Siloam Springs, was named “2015 Industry Leader of the Year” by The Poultry Federation (TPF) of Arkansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma, during the 56th Annual Poultry Festival, held in Rogers on June 19-20. The award has been presented by TPF since 1955 and recognizes the outstanding achievements of poultry and egg executives and their contribution to the industry. Presenting the award this year was TPF’s current Board of Directors and Marvin Childers, TPF President.
Todd Simmons has been involved in the poultry industry since birth. Following in his grandfather’s and his father’s shoes, he began working for the company at the age of 19 and after graduating from Georgetown University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management, he returned to Northwest AR to train in every area of the business. In 2013 he was promoted to Chief Executive Officer and Vice Chairman, after serving as CEO of both the Poultry and Pet Food divisions for the previous six years.
Todd is currently serving or has served in the following positions: Vice Chairman of the National Chicken Council, Executive Committee and Board of the Pet Food Institute, Arkansas Executive Forum at the University of Arkansas, US Poultry and Egg Association Board, American Heart Association of NWA, Walton Arts Foundation, Signature Bank of Arkansas, Work Matters, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Ozark Natural Science Center; and The Poultry Federation Board of Directors. Todd has also be named to Arkansas Business’ 40 Under 40.
Todd Simmons was instrumental in the vision of building a new Poultry Federation building in Little Rock and provided the building committee and board of directors with an analysis of the financial commitment as well as the construction documents. He runs the day to day operations of Simmons Foods with the help of over 5,800 dedicated employees. Simmons Foods focuses on customizing chicken products in foodservice and retail and they are recognized as one of the country’s top ten privately held poultry processors with operations in Arkansas, Oklahoma and Missouri.
Todd’s grandfather, Bill Simmons was named Industry Leader of the Year in 1961 and his father, Mark Simmons was named Industry Leader of the Year in 1990. It is ironic that not only does Todd receive this award 25 years to the date following his father, Todd just received his 25th year award as an employee of Simmons Foods.
Todd and his wife, Shelley, reside in Siloam Sprigs and have two children. The Poultry Federation of Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Missouri, congratulates Todd Simmons, The Poultry Federation’s 2015 Industry Leader of the Year!
About The Poultry Federation
The Poultry Federation is a tristate trade organization representing the poultry and egg industries in Arkansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma. Offices are located in Little Rock, AR, Jefferson City, MO, and Oklahoma City, OK. The purposes of the Federation are to promote and protect all poultry interests relating to production, distribution, merchandising and consumption of poultry and poultry products; to disseminate information relating to the various phases of the poultry industry in order to improve and expand markets; to increase efficiency in production and marketing; to encourage and support research in production and marketing of poultry; and to encourage and support youth programs in poultry work. More information can be found at www.thepoultryfederation.com.
The Poultry Federation (2015). [Press release]. Todd Simmons named The Poultry Federation’s Industry Leader of the Year. Retrieved from http://www.thepoultryfederation.com/news/todd-simmons-named-tpf-2015-industry-leader-of-the-year