NCA Names Future Leaders

2016 class includes one of confectionery industry’s youngest CEOs

National Confectioners Association’s Future Leadership Program Chris Jenco

Chris Jenco

WASHINGTON -- Five young professionals have been chosen as the inaugural class of the National Confectioners Association’s Future Leadership Program.

The 2016 class includes one of the confectionery industry’s youngest CEOs, several people who have grown up in the industry watching their family businesses flourish and a young confectionery broker.

“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,” said NCA president and CEO John Downs. “Congratulations to the inaugural class. I look forward to interacting with each of them and tracking their future success.”

The one-year program will last for the duration of the 2016 calendar year and includes complimentary registration to NCA’s State of the Industry Conference (Feb. 28-March 2 in Miami), the Sweets & Snacks Expo (May 24-26) and the Washington Forum (Sept. 28-29). Program participants will also be paired with a highly regarded leader within the confectionery industry who will serve as a formal mentor.

The 2016 Future Leadership Program class is:

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

The Future Leadership program is designed to provide support, education, access and opportunity to individuals within the confectionery industry who wish to advance into the ranks of leadership. The application process for the 2017 class will be open in August.

The National Confectioners Association is the trade organization representing the $35 billion U.S. confections industry. NCA and its members value the fun and enjoyment of chocolate, candy, gum and mints, serving as a transparent and trustworthy source while building and promoting a responsible industry. As the leading trade association for the industry, NCA is proud of the role it plays in the public’s understanding and appreciation of candy’s unique role in a happy, balanced lifestyle.