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Jim Perdue


perdue-jimAs chairman of Perdue Farms, the Salisbury-based company started in 1920 by his grandfather, Arthur Perdue, Jim Perdue oversees one of the Eastern Shore’s biggest and best-known businesses.

Perdue took over the company in 1991 from his father, Frank Perdue, and under his leadership, Purdue Farms has grown into a giant agribusiness with sales in the billions.

What’s been your biggest success?

Making it through our first century in the business that my grandfather started and dad built is certainly something we can all be proud of – though, not simply to hit the 100-year milestone, but to build upon what was started, and do it in a way that we continue to be a leader in the industry.

We are the company that pushed the industry to change to raising animals with no-antibiotics-ever and our leadership continues through our Commitments to Animal Care. Part of our success on our animal care journey has been the open dialogue we’ve established with many of our critics.

What are your hopes for the state or your community this year?

Our focus remains as it always has – on our people. Especially during such an uncharted time with the pandemic, we continue to closely follow and implement CDC guidelines to ensure the health of our colleagues, families and communities.

What do you do to unplug in your free time?

I love to travel, spend time with family and be outside. I have a farm and enjoy going out on the tractor to maintain the land and also have a clam aquaculture lease with about 100,000 clams under culture.

This profile is part of The Daily Record's Power 100 list for 2021. Information used in this profile was sourced from the honoree. See the full list at or in our digital edition.