BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (March 29, 2013) – Joe Natcher, CEO and owner of Southern Foods, Inc., a full-line food service distributor based in Bowling Green, will be the featured speaker in the 2013 Hays Watkins Visiting CEO Lecture Series, sponsored by WKU’s Gordon Ford College of Business.
The Southern Foods CEO will speak on “An Improbable Journey” at 2 p.m. April 4 at the Grise Hall Auditorium. Natcher will share his ingredients for success as entrepreneur with students, faculty, staff and the community.
Southern Foods supplies more than 6,500 fresh, dry and frozen grocery products, as well as cleaning supplies, paper goods, tabletop and kitchen utensils and more. The company also staffs a dietician, culinary chef and merchandising specialists.
An active member of the Bowling Green community, Natcher serves as chairman of the board for Commonwealth Health Corp. and is on the board of directors of The Medical Center of Bowling Green, the CHC Free Clinic and the College Heights Foundation at WKU. He is also chairman of the board of directors for Atlanta-based UniPro Foodservice Cooperative, a 600-member cooperative with total member sales of more than $60 billion.
Natcher holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from WKU.
The Hays Watkins Visiting CEO Lecture Series is made possible by a gift from Hays Watkins, a graduate of the Bowling Green Business University, the predecessor of WKU’s Gordon Ford College of Business. Watkins is chairman emeritus of CSX Corporation, based in Richmond, Va. The Hays Watkins Visiting CEO Lecture Series was instituted in 1999.