Tommy Bagwell Recipient of Harold E. Ford Lifetime Achievement Award


Tommy Bagwell, former chairman and CEO of American Proteins, received the Harold E. Ford Lifetime Achievement Award during the 2019 International Production and Processing Expo. This prestigious honor was presented to Bagwell by Tom Hensley, president of Fieldale Farms and the outgoing USPOULTRY Chairman.

The Harold E. Ford Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to an individual whose dedication and leadership over the years have far exceeded the ordinary and impacted both the poultry industry and U.S. Poultry and Egg Association in an exemplary manner. The award is presented non-annually and when the Awards and Recognition Committee unanimously recognizes and endorses the need for occasional, unique recognition for exceptional contributions.

A native of North Georgia, Bagwell earned a degree in economics from Clemson University with a minor in Spanish. He also completed graduate studies in industrial management, business administration and economics at Clemson and the University of Georgia.

In 1969, Bagwell began his professional career at North Georgia Rendering Co, now known as American Proteins, Inc. In 1972, upon the death of his father Leland, Bagwell became president. Today, American Proteins services the poultry industry from plants in Georgia and Alabama and supplies feed ingredients throughout the world. American Proteins was sold to Tyson Foods last year.

He serves on the U.S. Poultry & Egg Harold E. Ford Foundation Board of Directors. In 2014, Bagwell received the Philanthropist of the Year Award from the North Georgia Community Foundation.