Mike Jackson is the President of JLA International. He has over 30 years of experience in the peanut and tree nut industry with a focus on food quality and safety systems, product development and research on peanuts, tree nuts and nut butter products.Mike joined JLA in 2000, prior to which he worked for PERT® Laboratories for 14 years. During that time, his roles included Manager of Product Development, Manager of Analytical Services and Director of Operations.Mike is currently a board member of the Peanut Standards Board appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. He received his B.S. degree in Food Science from North Carolina State University in 1986 and his MBA from East Carolina University in 1995.
President of JLA International
Dr. Foy D. Mills, Jr. is Vice-President of Ag Systems for JLA International (JLA). Dr. Mills has served the US and international peanut industry for over three decades, first as an Assistant Professor and Extension Ag Economist at the University of Georgia (UGA) from 1987-1989, and since 1991, in various research, education, and leadership roles within JLA including writing for and editing, In a Nutshell, the JLA crop newsletter.
Dr. Mills now provides full-time support to the peanut industry after concluding a 41-year career in US higher education in 2022. He began his work as a professional educator as an instructor of agriculture at Lubbock Christian University (LCU), followed by stints at Texas Tech University as a USDA-ARS National Needs Fellow, UGA as previously noted, Abilene Christian University where he rose to Professor of Agribusiness and Department Chair, Sam Houston State University where he served as Professor and Agribusiness Program Leader, and finally as Provost and Chief Academic Officer at LCU. During his professional career, he was able to establish a seamless relationship between industry and academics, thereby enhancing student engagement. His work with students was recognized with five different national excellence in teaching awards and two distinguished educator awards.
Dr. Mills was raised in the small farming community of Anton, Texas, where his family were cotton farmers. He earned a B.S. in Agribusiness with honors from LCU in 1980. He completed the M.S. in 1983 and the Ph.D. in 1987 in Agricultural Economics at Texas Tech University.
Dr. Jack Davis started at JLA in 2014. Dr. Davis received his Ph.D and M.S. in Food Science from North Carolina State University (NCSU) and his B.S. in Food Science from the University of Georgia. He has worked extensively on many aspects of pre-harvest and post-harvest peanut safety and quality. These include optimization of processing technologies and agronomic strategies to improve finished product quality, advanced nutritional analyses, oil stability, sensory analyses, aflatoxin mitigation, and byproduct utilization. Before joining JLA, Dr. Davis spent ten years with a dual appointment as a research scientist with the USDA Agricultural Research Service and as a faculty member at NCSU in the department of Food, Bioprocessing and Nutrition Sciences.
David DeShazo is the Director of Agricultural Services for JLA International (JLA). David joined JLA International over eleven years ago and currently works in Texas servicing JLA labs in Brownfield, TX and DeLeon, TX after starting out his JLA career in the Albany, Georgia facility, headquarters for JLA International. David graduated from Georgia Southern University in 2003 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology with an emphasis in plant biology and botany. After graduation, David began his career working for a high-end landscape company. After this eight-year career in landscaping, David decided to return to his home in South Georgia and roots in agriculture. David grew up working a family farm in Worth County, Georgia, where he learned many sectors of agriculture and agribusiness first hand. His combined efforts in agriculture and studies in plant biology have allowed him to grow within the peanut industry.