Like his father, Frank, Jim Perdue grew up in the family business but didn’t decide to make it his business right away. He thought at first of becoming a marine biologist. In fact, he earned his Ph.D. in fisheries. But in 1993, he accepted his dad’s invitation to return to the family business, joining the company as an entry-level management trainee. After working many different management jobs in just about every area of the company, and earning his master’s degree in business along the way, Jim became chairman in 1991 and also took over as an advertising spokesperson.

Jim has guided the company through continued growth and change while holding fast to the values inherited from his grandfather and father. “I’m proud of our company’s heritage and proud to be carrying on our commitment to quality,” said Jim. “I’m proud of everyone in the Perdue organization – our associates and our farm-family partners. Together, we’re building upon our foundation of quality.”