Washington — NCA has named five young professionals from confectionery manufactures and suppliers to the 2020 Future Leadership Program, which aims to help those starting out in their careers access networking and professional development opportunities, according to the Association.
The members of the 2020 class are: Lisa Eustic, senior marketing director for The Promotion In Motion Cos, Inc.; Betsy Hritz, Just Born, Inc. regional sales manager — vending, military & specialty markets; Liz Miller, senior marketing manager, Divine Chocolate Ltd.; Takuma Oka, Morinaga America, Inc. director of sales; Mathew Rubinstein, vice-president of Billie-Ann Plastics Packaging Corp.
“The Future Leadership Program creates incredible opportunities for young people in the confectionery industry,” says NCA President and CEO John Downs. “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.”
Inaugurated in 2016, the Future Leadership Program provides support, education, access and opportunities for young professionals to develop leadership skills and grow their confectionery industry careers, NCA reports. As part of the program, future leaders 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 the educational and networking opportunities, program participants are matched with a highly regarded leader within the confectionery industry who will serve as a formal mentor.
Applications for the 2021 class will be accepted this summer, and those interested in applying or learning how to get involved can visit candyusa.com/futureleaders.