Lancaster, VA, June 20, 2018 --(PR.com
)-- Deborah A. Haydon of Lancaster, Virginia has been honored as a Woman of Empowerment by P.O.W.E.R. (Professional Organization of Women of Excellence Recognized) for her outstanding contributions and achievements for over 25 years in the food industry.
About Deborah A. Haydon
Deborah Haydon is a Member and Owner of DT Callis Seafood, LLC, which is a family-owned business and distributor that processes and distributes oysters from the Chesapeake Bay area in Virginia. In addition to overseeing daily operations, she is responsible for harvesting and buying oysters from local watermen off the Chesapeake Bay area. Ms. Haydon boxes fresh oysters for the half shell market and sells oysters to buyers who package shucked oysters in quart and gallon containers for restaurant and seafood business clientele. Her husband, Terry, is the day-to-day manager of the business. He has been an oysterman all his life and taught Deb oyster harvesting when they first met.
Born on June 28, 1953 in Fort Dix, New Jersey, Deb attended Burlington County Community College. She managed a dairy farm for 23 years. She then served as a nurseryman growing native plants before managing the company’s satellite nursery. She has been with DT Callis Seafood, LLC for the past year.
Deb and her husband are working to revive the oyster business in the Chesapeake Bay area. What was once the bedrock of this community, the decline of oyster beds and the economic downturn caused high unemployment and poverty. Now the oysters are coming back and demand for them is growing. Her processing plant will create a market for many watermen who work the rivers to sell their harvests. Her business will directly benefit her community by providing jobs and will donate to the local food bank that serves around 350 families every Thursday.
Deb received the Stevie Award for Women Entrepreneurs in 2017. She married Terry K. Haydon on April 19, 2014, and has two sons. In her spare time she enjoys horseback riding, fishing and family activities.
"Never ask anyone to do anything you would not do. No one is above another. Treat others as you would want to be treated. And never judge another until you have walked at least one mile in their shoes. You may think that no one is watching. Think again." –Deborah Haydon
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About P.O.W.E.R. (Professional Organization of Women of Excellence Recognized)
P.O.W.E.R.’s mission is to provide a powerful network of women who will mentor, inspire and empower each other to be the best they can be. Through our valuable services, and collaborating with like-minded professionals, our members can gain the recognition and exposure to achieve their career goals. P.O.W.E.R. offers exposure through their website as well as their digital and print quarterly magazine.