NCA Announces 2020 Future Leadership Class


WASHINGTON (January 7, 2020) – The National Confectioners Association has announced the five young professionals for the 2020 Future Leadership Program, which is dedicated to helping young professionals across the confectionery industry access networking and professional development opportunities to grow their careers.

“The Future Leadership Program creates incredible opportunities for young people in the confectionery industry,” John Downs, NCA president and CEO, said. “Our last class of Future Leaders was instrumental in laying out a plan for our industry’s collective future, and I am looking forward to seeing the innovative new ideas these young voices will bring to our industry.”

The 2020 class includes:

  • Lisa Eustic
    Senior Marketing Director, The Promotion In Motion Companies, Inc.
  • Betsy Hritz
    Regional Sales Manager – Vending, Military & Special Markets, Just Born Quality Confections
  • Liz Miller
    Senior Marketing Manager, Divine Chocolate
  • Takuma Oka
    Director of Sales, Morinaga America, Inc.
  • Mathew Rubinstein
    Vice President, Billie-Ann Plastics Packaging Corp.

Launched in 2016, the Future Leadership Program provides support, education, access and opportunity to young professionals who wish to develop leadership skills and grow their careers in the confectionery industry. Future leaders will attend NCA’s State of the Industry Conference, the Sweets & Snacks Expo, NCA’s Summer Board & Leadership Strategy Meeting, the Washington Forum and the Candy Hall of Fame weekend. In addition to receiving educational and networking opportunities through the Future Leadership Program, participants will be matched with a highly-regarded industry leader who will serve as a formal mentor.

The application process for the 2021 class will open in the summer. Those interested in applying for the program or learning more about how to get involved as a young professional or as a mentor should visit the


About the National Confectioners Association (NCA)
The National Confectioners Association is the trade organization that advances, protects and promotes chocolate, candy, gum and mints, and the companies that make these special treats. As the leading association for the U.S. confectionery industry, NCA helps ensure the public understands and appreciates the unique role that chocolate and candy can play in a happy, balanced lifestyle. America’s chocolate and candy companies are committed to transparency, portion guidance, choice and consumer education. Learn more at or follow NCA on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

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