Mar 01

Hot Springs, AR – Keith Smith Company, the largest independent producer and provider of broiler hatching eggs in the United States, announced the promotion of Kent Nation to Sales Manager/North America.

Nation previously served as the company’s sales and customer service coordinator.

Keith Smith, vice president of sales and third generation family owner, said Nation will be responsible, in part, for developing thriving business models that lead to long-term sustainable growth for Keith Smith Company and its customer base.

Kent Nation Headshot“Kent’s business career has been focused on client value – his ability to build relationships and understand what “job” our customers have in the marketplace has helped our team implement new strategies that meet and exceed our customers’ goals.” Smith said. “These skill sets run parallel to our company’s vision of providing creative solutions and long-term value to the broiler industry, our company and employees.”

Nation was instrumental in facilitating several business initiatives within Keith Smith Company in 2020, including a key expansion project at the Natural Dam Hatchery and new business sector growth.

“2020 has helped us all sharpen our skills and ability to provide value, and 2021 is full of opportunity for us to put those skills to work helping our clients navigate a changing environment,” Smith said. “Our people make the difference, and we strive to provide them with the tools and resources they need to drive value inside and outside of our organization.”

Nation is a graduate of College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, Missouri, with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. He is also a commercial pilot and certified flight instructor.

About The Keith Smith Company

The Keith Smith Company is a third-generation family-owned company founded in 1948. From its beginnings as a farm supply store selling day-old chicks in Hot Springs, AR, it now operates producing broiler hatching eggs, chicks and custom services for the global poultry marketplace. Keith Smith Company is widely regarded as the nation’s leader in the production and supply of quality hatching eggs to the broiler industry, known for excellence in product, delivery and customer service. Learn more at


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