Jones Takes Reins as APEA President
By Caleb Hicks
The poultry industry is nothing new to incoming Alabama Poultry and Egg Association, or APEA, president Casey Jones of Hoover. As a third-generation industry employee, he’s been around the block a time or two.
Jones, a longtime APEA board member, said he’s proud to take the helm as the association’s president.
“It’s very humbling to be a part of an organization that represents so many people in the poultry industry,” said Jones, a Trussville native. “I have worked with a lot of growers who have risked a lot of money for their farms. I want them, and all other facets in the industry, to be successful.”
He helps make that happen in his job as national poultry sales manager for Wisconsin-based L.B. White. Jones is nearing 25 years with the company, a leading global manufacturer of heating and cooling equipment for poultry, pork and horticulture producers.
The Jones family’s connection with the poultry industry began in the 1940s, when Jones’ grandparents, C.L. and Katy Jones, established Chick Supplies, a business that sold poultry pharmaceuticals. Casey Jones, his dad, Paul, and his younger brother, Wes, all spent stints at the business before selling it in the ’80s.
Jones, a 1985 Auburn University business administration grad, said he didn’t plan on a career in the poultry industry.
“There’s a lot of history there,” he said. “When you’re a kid, you don’t realize or appreciate everything you’re a part of. I interviewed for a job selling paper once, and I thought to myself, ‘That doesn’t hold weight in my mind.’ Not like feeding the world does, or helping people work through problems, like my wife, Kelley, does. What we do matters.”
Kelley, a licensed professional counselor in Birmingham, said she is proud of the accomplishments her husband has made.
“For the past year, I have watched him prepare his mind to take over as president,” she said. “He works hard in this industry, and it makes me proud for him to represent the organization in this capacity. It’s been fun to watch him rise to the top.”
Jones enjoys golfing in his free time. He and his wife attend Birmingham’s Church of Brook Hills and have one daughter, Whitney Beshears, and two grandsons, 9-year-old Noah and Hudson, 4.
APEA’s Johnny Adams welcomed Jones’ strong qualities in leading the organization for his term.
“Casey brings many years of experience and leadership to the association,” said Adams, the association’s CEO. “His expertise in the poultry industry will be extremely beneficial for our organization as he looks to enhance farmer productivity and grow scholarships in the next year.”
For Jones, the support APEA provides the poultry industry is something he does not take for granted.
“If you stop and think about supplying the world with a very economical protein source, it’s a pretty big deal,” Jones said. “We can raise chickens more efficiently than we ever have. That’s a big deal for Alabama. As APEA president, I want to show my appreciation, honor the position, work hard and be very involved and participate in everything that is afforded to me.”