Food Industry Association Executives Welcomes New Board Members and Officers

Savannah, GA. - A new Board of Directors and Officers were elected during the 88th Annual Convention of the Food Industry Association Executives. The new Board of Directors assumes office immediately following the meeting, which was held from November 12-14, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency Savannah.

"FIAE proudly represents the best of the best across the country. I am honored and privileged to be the first chairperson from the great state of Alabama, and am pleased to serve this great organization," said Ellie Taylor, President of the Alabama Grocers Association and incoming Chairwoman. "I have big shoes to fill as Jamie Pfuhl, from the Minnesota Grocers Association moves to outgoing Chairperson. Under her leadership, we have transitioned to new leadership, created a new fresh look and logo, and undertaken exciting new initiatives."

Elected during the 2015 Annual Membership Meeting are the following officers, who will comprise the FIAE Executive Committee:

Chair Ellie Taylor President, Alabama Grocers Association

Vice Chairman Brian Jordan President, Illinois Food Retailers Association

Secretary-Treasurer Tim McCabe President, Arizona Food Marketing Alliance

Immediate Past Chair Jamie Pfuhl, President, Minnesota Grocers Association

Joining the officers on the Board of Directors are newly elected members:

Julie Miro Wenger Executive Director, Delaware Food Industry Council

Rob Ikard President & CEO, Tennessee Grocers & Convenience Store Association

Kathy Kuzava President, Georgia Food Industry Association

Michelle Hurd CAE, President, Iowa Grocery Industry Association

Genna Gent Senior Vice President, Government Affairs, American Beverage Association

These new members will join the existing Board members in service during 2016:

Lee Anderson, General Mills

Derek Crawford, Kraft Heinz

Dave Davis, Utah Food Industry Association

Pat Davis, Food Marketing Institute

Greg Ferrara, National Grocers Association

Jan Gee, Washington Food Industry Association

Amanda Hagan, Grocery Manufacturers Association

Stefani Millie Grant, Unilever

Tracy Mihas, Mondelez Global

Warmest thanks were extended to the outgoing board members for their years of service to FIAE, including Ron Fong, California Grocers Association; Stan Sorkin, Connecticut Food Association; Nate Filler, Ohio Grocers Association, and Kimberly O'Brien, Monsanto.

These outgoing members were acknowledged during the GMA Excellence in Government Affairs dinner on November 13, 2015.

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