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CHF Board - Joe B. Natcher

Mr. Joe B. Natcher, Jr.

Mr. Joe B. Natcher, Jr.

Biography

Joe Natcher is the former owner and CEO of the Bowling Green, Kentucky, based Southern Foods, Inc., a full-line distributor of food-service products. Natcher sold Southern Foods, Inc. to Reinhart Food Services in 2013. Before joining Southern Foods in 1983, Joe was the Production Planner for Fruit of the Loom Corporation. In this position, he planned and coordinated the work in progress from raw to finished goods.

Mr. Natcher graduated from WKU in 1980 with a degree in Accounting. He is a member of the Sigma Nu fraternity and currently serves on the Business Executive Advisory Committee. He has also served on the WKU Foundation Board and the Hilltopper Athletic Foundation Board. His extensive community involvement includes roles such as Chairman, Commonwealth Health Corporation; Director, The Medical Center at Bowling Green; Chairman, Commonwealth Health Free Clinic Board; Leadership Bowling Green Alumni; Chairman, Bowling Green-Warren County Chamber of Commerce; Director, Citizens First Bank; Director, Junior Achievement; President, Boys’ Club; Director, Crimestoppers; and Director of the Bowling Green-Warren County Jaycees.  In 1996, Joe was honored as the Bowling Green-Warren County Chamber of Commerce Small Businessman of the Year, and in 2003 Southern Foods was named the Bowling Green-Warren County Chamber of Commerce Industry of the Year. In 2011, he was named to Junior Achievement of South Central Kentucky’s Business Hall of Fame.

Joe is married to Cheri Barger Natcher. Cheri graduated from Western Kentucky University in 1980 with Bachelor of Science degree in Behavioral Science. In 1984, she completed her Master’s degree in School Counseling. Cheri is a member of the Chi Omega sorority. The Natchers have two children, Nan Thomas, a WKU graduate (2008 B.A. Political Science, 2011, MPA) and Houston, a current WKU student.

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