Lifetime Achievement Award

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Deborah A. Haydon

Title: Member and Owner
Industry: Food
Type of Organization: Family Owned Business and Distributor
Major Product/Service: Distributing and processing oysters from the Chesapeake Bay area
Expertise: Mrs. Haydon has over 25 years experience and has been with the current organization for the past year. In addition to overseeing daily operations, she is responsible for harvesting and buying oysters from local watermen off the Chesapeake Bay area. Mrs. Haydon boxes fresh oysters for the half shell market and packages shucked oysters in quart and gallon containers for restaurant and seafood business clientele. She provides community outreach and liaises with local food banks.
Geographic Area of Distribution: Virginia
University/Degree: Attended, Burlington County Community College
Born: June 28, 1953, Fort Dix, New Jersey
Hobbies/Sports: Horseback riding, fishing, family activities
Spouse: Terry K. Haydon
Married: April 19, 2014
Children: William F. Phares, Jr., Thomas B. Phares
Work History: Previously, Mrs. Haydon managed a dairy farm for 23 years. She then served as a nurseryman growing native plants before managing the company's satellite nursery in Virginia.
Honors & Awards: Stevie Award for Women Entrepreneurs, 2017; Dean's List and Phi Theta Kappa, Burlington County Community College