Walston is New DPI President
Dean Walston, a Salisbury, Maryland native with much experience in the chicken industry, has been chosen by the Board of Directors of Delmarva Poultry Industry, Inc. as DPI's president, effective January 2017.
Walston, 52, is director of operations for Perdue Farms's Milford, Delaware Processing Facility, a no antibiotics ever organic chicken harvest facility. There, he oversees a leadership team that includes three business units, 50 salaried support staff and 1,500 associates. First hired by Perdue in 1987, his past roles in the company included positions as a grow out manager and a live production manager, as well as stints as a plant manager in Showell, Maryland and Georgetown, Delaware.
After growing up in Salisbury, Walston received a bachelor's degree in poultry science and food science from North Carolina State University. He lives near Parsonsburg, Maryland and enjoys music, playing guitar, riding motorcycles and spending time with his family.
Walston succeeds outgoing DPI president Mack McCary, a longtime chicken grower and industry veteran.
Delmarva Poultry Industry, Inc. (DPI) is the 1,800-member non-profit trade association for the meat chicken industry in Delaware, the Eastern Shore of Maryland, and the Eastern Shore of Virginia. For more information on Delmarva Poultry Industry, Inc., visit dpichicken.org.
Dean Walston, left, DPI's incoming president, and Mack McCary.