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NCA Announces Changes to Governing Boards

Contact: Susan Whiteside
202-534-1440
susan.whiteside@CandyUSA.com

October 7, 2010

The National Confectioners Association is extremely grateful to the following industry members who faithfully served as members of the Board of Trustees and Executive Board from 2008 - 2010.  

Outgoing Members of the Board of Trustees

  • Ross Bainbridge, Bainbridge Associates, LLCThank You!Thank You!
  • Walt Freed, Kahler-Senders Group, Inc
  • Mary Beth Geraci, Carlin O'Brien, Inc.
  • Lance Gimbal, Gimbal's Fine Candies
  • Brendan Kelley, Big Sky Brands, Inc.
  • Ronald Korenhof, Perfetti Van Melle USA, Inc.
  • Edmond Opler, World's Finest Chocolate, Inc
  • Andreas Pfluger, Ghirardelli Chocolate Company
  • J. Michael Rainey, Liberty Orchards Company, Inc
  • Mark Schlott, R.M. Palmer Company
  • Mike Warehime, Snyder's Of Hanover

Outgoing Members of the Executive Board

  • James Hagedorn, Barry Callebaut USA
  • Patrick Huffman, The Warrell Corporation
  • Linda Sahagian, Sahagian & Associates

NCA is also pleased to welcome a new slate of officers for the 2010 - 2012 term.  

New NCA Officers

Chairman:  Mitchell Goetze, Executive Vice President & COO, Goetze Candy Company
Vice Chairman:  Bob Simpson, President and COO, Jelly Belly Candy Company
Treasurer:  John Brooks, Jr., Vice President, Adams & Brooks, Inc. 

The new term also ushers in new members of the Board of Trustees and Executive Board.

New Members of the Executive Board

  • John Brooks, Jr., Vice President, Adams & Brooks, Inc.
  • Don Pearson, President, Cargill Cocoa and Chocolate
  • Bob Simpson, President and COO, Jelly Belly Candy Company
  • Joe Vittoria, President & CEO, Pez Candy Inc.

New Members of the Board of Trustees     

  • Scott Albanese, President, Albanese Confectionery
  • Cindy Brooks, Vice President, Adams and Brooks, Inc.
  • Gene Dunkin, Chief Executive Officer, Thompson Brands, LLC
  • Ellen Gordon, President, Tootsie Roll Worldwide Ltd.
  • Susan Gamson Karl, President & CEO, Annabelle Candy Company Inc.
  • Lee Hartman, Sales Manager, Printpack, Inc.
  • Jennifer Martin, Director of Sales, American Licorice Company
  • Ben McGlaughlin, President & CEO, Wolfgang Candy Company Inc.
  • Barry Sokol, Executive Vice President, Sorbee International, LLC
  • Keith Von Zup, VP of Global Customer Development, Just Born, Inc.

NCA is grateful for the dedicated group of volunteers who give freely of their time to serve on these governing boards as well as on numerous committees and task forces.