Bethlehem, Georgia-based Harrison Poultry has appointed James Vincent as its executive VP and CFO.
Vincent brings an extensive background in finance, treasury, financial planning and analysis, tax, strategic planning and risk management.
Before joining Harrison Poultry, Vincent was the controller for Wayne Farms LLC. In his new role, Vincent will lead Harrison Poultry’s financial operations and will report to CEO David Bleth.
“I’m delighted to welcome Jamie to Harrison Poultry. He’ll make an immediate impact as we continue our feed mill and hatchery construction project and embark on a new phase of growth,” said Bleth. “I’m particularly impressed with Jamie’s proven experience leading a financial function in a complex poultry industry company while maintaining an unrelenting focus on serving his company’s customers.”
In December 2018, Harrison Poultry broke ground on a state-of-the-art chicken feed manufacturing facility and hatchery in Crawfordville to support rising demand for poultry. In addition to current operations, the completed facility will enable the company to support up to 165 new broiler houses and produce up to 18,000 tons of feed weekly. The Center for Rural Prosperity and Innovation at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College projects the new facility will add more than 230 jobs to the Taliaferro County region.
“I can’t imagine a more exciting time to join Harrison Poultry,” said Vincent. “The company is bringing significant economic development to an area of Georgia primed for new opportunities. The Harrison Poultry team is on an incredible growth trajectory, and I’m excited to be part of it.”
Vincent has more than 30 years of financial management experience. At Wayne Farms, he was responsible for the company’s accounting and finance reporting, including financial compliance, payroll, treasury, credit and collections as well as maintaining the company’s internal controls and playing a critical role in the company’s capital transactions.
Before joining Wayne Farms, Vincent spent 10 years at ChoicePoint Inc. in positions of increasing responsibility, including serving as VP and CFO of the company’s government services segment and of its public records group. Before joining ChoicePoint, Vincent was with Equifax Inc. He also worked for Arthur Andersen LLP.
Vincent earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Georgia and master’s of business administration degree in finance from Kennesaw State University. He is a Certified Public Accountant, Certified Information Systems Auditor and Certified Fraud Examiner.