David Hayden was born into an Owensboro farm family. Since he was familiar with the art and business of commercial beef and poultry production, he decided to study animal sciences at Murray State University.
It was not until his senior year, however, that he discovered his professional calling. An exchange program with Oklahoma State University introduced David to the study of meats, and he knew he wanted to learn more.
David returned to OSU and earned his master’s degree in meat science, which led him to a successful career in the food industry. He is currently a regional technical sales manager for JBT FoodTech, a company headquartered in New York. David resides in Mercer Co. and covers a region spanning from Tennessee to Michigan and east to Virginia.
David’s primary role is to work with customers to develop and utilize meat processing and cooking equipment. These tools are used for processes such as marinating, portioning, cooking, and freezing.