Invest in Your Future
NCA’s Future Leadership Program awards five deserving young professionals (40 and under) an exclusive opportunity for networking and professional development. For one year, Future Leaders receive recognition among their colleagues, complimentary registration to NCA’s three signature events and a professional industry mentor selected by the YPN Committee.
The program is designed to provide support, education, access and opportunity to young professionals who wish to advance into the ranks of leadership. Through its implementation, NCA hopes to encourage more young professionals to assume such leadership positions and develop a more diverse pool of leaders within the industry.
The application period for the 2019 Future Leadership Program is now closed. Candidates will be notified in mid-December regarding their application. If you would like more information about the Future Leadership Program, please contact VJ Mayor.
- Opportunity is open to current employees of NCA member companies and qualified retail customers
- Candidates must be under 40 years of age
- Candidates must have at least three (3) years of experience in the confectionery industry
- Candidates must demonstrate commitment and dedication to the confectionery industry
- Candidates must have aspirations for executive leadership within the confectionery industry
2018 Future Leaders
Channel Lead – Brand Licensing & Ingredient Sales, Mars Wrigley Confectionery
Arsh Ghuman is the Channel Lead – Brand Licensing & Ingredient Sales for Mars Wrigley Confectionery. During her time with the company, Arsh has transformed e-commerce into a core competency at Mars Chocolate – shaping the value proposition and positioning. She has also built an assortment management framework to identify opportunities for product, pricing, and promotion on Amazon and Jet.com. Traveling the world is in Arsh’s DNA as she has visited nearly 20 countries and doesn’t foresee stopping anytime soon.
Brand Manager, HARIBO of America, Inc.
Lana Jones began her career within CPG in 2008 with ECRM. During her time as a Retail Director, she was given the opportunity to work closely with retailers and developed a passion for the confectionery industry. Since leaving ECRM, she has had the opportunity to work as a Brand Manager for Russell Stover, Associate Category Manager for Candy at Walgreens, and Brand Manager for HARIBO of America. Through these experiences, Lana has developed an understanding of manufacturing, product development, brand marketing and merchandising.
Inside Sales Manager, Adams & Brooks
Originally from a small town, farm and big family, Sharon learned early on the value of hard work and dedication. Now, she says she’s blessed with a fun and challenging career in an industry that she loves. Sharon started with Adams & Brooks as a Marketing & Sales Assistant, and has since climbed up the ladder increasing her responsibilities as Inside Sales Manager. She interfaces directly with brokers and customers, developing strategies and products, and enjoys staying abreast on industry issues. She is passionate about building relationships and developing her leadership skills.
President, Jason Scott Specialty Foods
Jason Musick’s whole life has been surrounded by the food business. His father, Gary Musick, ran various food companies while he was growing up. Jason graduated with two business degrees at Drake University, followed by an MBA in general business at Lynn University in Boca Raton. During his time in school and shortly after, he worked multiple jobs in various food areas from hospitality to catering to production. Through these experiences, Jason has absorbed as much knowledge as possible which led to the creation of his own business in 2015.
R&D Corporate Manager – Product Development, Blommer Chocolate Company
Melissa Tisoncik has worked for Blommer for seven years and was recently promoted to the position of R&D Corporate Manager-Product Development. In her role, Melissa leads a cross-site team of managers that provide technical services support in North America, Canada, and China. She earned her B.A. in chemistry from Illinois Wesleyan University and a M.S. in Food Science from the UIUC. She has served as the Chairperson of the AACT Chicago Section since 2013 and has spoken at both AACT and PMCA national conferences since joining the industry.