Inaugural NCA Future Leadership Program Class Revealed


Washington — Five young professionals have been tapped as the first participants in NCA’s Future Leadership Program, which aims to support, educate, and improve access and opportunities for young industry members looking to advance their careers.Layout 1

The 2016 class is:

Sarah Atkinson, director of marketing for Atkinson Candy Co.; Elizabeth Clair, national confectionery sales manager for Barry Callebaut AG; Byard Ebling, client development manager/business manager at Shankman & Assoc.; Amy Guittard, director of marketing for Guittard Chocolate Co.; and Chris Jenco, CEO of Jenco Brothers’ Candy.

The one-year program will run through the 2016 calendar year and includes complimentary registration to NCA’s State of the Industry Conference, Washington Forum and the Sweets & Snacks Expo, the Association reports. In addition, participants will be paired with highly regarded industry leaders serving as formal mentors.

John H. Downs, Jr., NCA president and CEO, says: “Aligned with NCA’s vision of advancing the confectionery industry, the Future Leadership Program was developed to help build knowledge and leadership skills while raising the visibility of talented young professionals.”

Applications for the 2017 class will be accepted starting in August. Those interested in applying, or learning about how to get involved as a young professional or mentor, should contact VJ Mayor, NCA Senior Director of Communications, at 202 534 1440 or [email protected].