McDaniel began in the banking industry early in his career after graduating from Stephen F. Austin State University in 1988, where he received a Bachelor’s degree in Ag-Economics. After one year, he decided to shift his career full-time to the poultry industry and joined Pilgrim’s Pride, working at its Texas-based facilities in Nacogdoches, Pittsburg, DeQueen and El Dorado.
During his career, he was a live operations service technician, breeder service technician, live operations manager, broiler manager and complex manager. Mr. McDaniel is currently vice president of production at O.K. Farms Inc. He is a member of The Poultry Federation’s board of directors and served as secretary for the 2009-2010 term. He will serve as treasurer in 2010 and 2011.