Associates of Cedar Crest College Announces 2013 Award Winner David Jaindl
Allentown, Pa. (Jan. 28, 2013)–David Jaindl, owner and president of Jaindl Farms, Jaindl Turkey Sales, Jaindl Land Company, and Schantz Orchards–all of Orefield–has been working on the family farm since he was eight years old, and he's still out there in the field nearly every day making sure operations are lean and mean.
"My dad was a hard working individual and he expected no less from his children," said Jaindl, who recalls long days working on the turkey farm and in the processing plant as a boy. "In any agricultural business, you have to be as cost-effective as possible, which means all hands on deck."
Jaindl's work ethic goes far beyond the family business, to philanthropic activities throughout the Lehigh Valley. This includes serving on the Cedar Crest College Board of Trustees from 2005-10. During his tenure with the board, he participated in the transition from longtime and beloved president, Dorothy Gulbenkian Blaney, to new and current president, Carmen Twillie Ambar.
For his service to Cedar Crest, Jaindl has been chosen to receive the 2013 Associates Award from the Associates of Cedar Crest College. He will receive the award during the Associates Luncheon on Wednesday, March 6, at noon in Tompkins College Center.
"It's a great honor. When you look at the past recipients–which include some of the most accomplished individuals in the Lehigh Valley–it's certainly humbling," said Jaindl, who has had several family members attend Cedar Crest including sisters, Alice Jaindl Brown '79 Nursing and Cathy Jaindl-Leuthe '83 Management.
College President Ambar said the recognition was well earned.
"David Jaindl was on the board of trustees that shaped the future direction of the College during a very challenging moment in the history of our institution," said Ambar. "He and his family have always been strong supporters of Cedar Crest, and he is a very deserving recipient of this year's Associates Award."
In addition to his past work on the Cedar Crest College Board of Trustees, Jaindl serves as a trustee for the Jaindl Foundation, which is a benefactor of many non-profit organizations in the Lehigh Valley. In 2006, he co-founded the Miracle League of the Lehigh Valley, which provides a state-of-the-art baseball field where nearly 300 physically and mentally challenged children and adults play annually, and in 2011, he and wife, Jackie, chaired Lehigh Valley Health Network's Children's ER fund-raising campaign.
Jaindl Farms was founded by David Jaindl's father, Fred, and grandfather, John L. Jaindl, in the early 1930s. John managed the farm until the 1980s, when David stepped in to manage the farm operations upon his grandfather's passing.
The company has expanded to an operation that provides nearly one million turkeys. Jaindl distributes turkeys from Maine to Florida, and for the first time in 2012, distributed fresh turkeys to Arizona, Colorado and California. In addition, Jaindl now exports to Japan and the Dominican Republic. Most of the birds are sold for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners.
Despite expansion, Jaindl Farms largely remains a family business. Jaindl's sister, Cathy, nephew, John Jr., and sons, Adam and Jake, work full-time for the company. His wife, Jackie, mother, Anne, and siblings Alice, Mary and John all help out part-time or on a seasonal basis. His three younger children, Luke, Josh and Joanna help out when not attending school.
"Every parent wants to work with their children. I've never told them that they had to get involved, but they certainly had to help if they wanted to eat," joked Jaindl, who noted that he enjoys turkey a variety of ways including traditional, smoked, and breaded.
In addition to the thriving turkey business, the family farms 11,000 acres of corn, soybeans, wheat and organic grains. Jaindl also has a 300-acre orchard where he annually produces apples, peaches, plums and cherries, and he has been responsible for a wealth of land development in the Lehigh Valley including residential, commercial and industrial projects. This includes Lehigh Valley West Industrial Parks in Upper Macungie Township–home of such established companies as Nestle, Perrier, Bridgestone/Firestone, Coca-Cola, and soon to be the home of Ocean Spray.
THE ASSOCIATES AWARD
This is the 21st year for the Associates Award. Given annually by the Associates of Cedar Crest College, the award recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to Cedar Crest College; graduates of the College who have achieved success in their chosen fields; or individuals whose careers reflect the College's mission of promoting women's leadership.