The Indiana Food & Fuel Association has named Cathy Melton as the new executive director of the IFFA following the announced retirement of Scot Imus. Melton has been with the IFFA since 2013, serving as the director of external relations for the association.
In addition, the IFFA announced that longtime association lobbyist Matt Norris will take on an expanded role as public policy counsel, responsible for government and media relations. Norris assumes his new responsibilities while remaining "of counsel" for the Krieg DeVault law firm.
“Cathy has been responsible for ensuring continued and growing membership, coordinating and managing external relation activities, and member engagement. She has continually demonstrated exceptional logistics management and strong sponsorship fundraising for our annual M-PACT convention. Cathy was the obvious choice to be Scot’s successor,” said J Smith, IFFA president.
“Matt’s expanded role will bolster the IFFA’s effectiveness in the legislative arena. These two professionals are ready to elevate the association’s presence throughout the state to a new level,” Smith added.
The leadership change will occur on May 1, 2023, following Imus’ departure. As executive director of the IFFA, Melton will be responsible for maximizing the organization’s operations and financial goals and ensuring the association serves the needs and interests of the IFFA membership. This role has a broad array of responsibilities ranging from communication with the board of directors, preparing operating budgets, strategic planning and creating new opportunities to attract new members.
Melton, before joining the IFFA, worked for the Indiana Soybean Alliance/Indiana Corn Marketing Council. Before joining Krieg DeVault, Norris worked at Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP as of counsel member in the Government Relations Group and served as vice president of the state’s largest independent governmental affairs firm.
The Indiana Food and Fuel Association, Indianapolis, is the states’ trade association representing independent, small businesses in the petroleum, convenience and food retail industry. Indiana Food and Fuel members own and operate convenience and food retail stores throughout Indiana. Its marketer, convenience and food retail members own or supply more than 3,000 retail fueling and convenience facilities in Indiana. Associate, refiner and supplier members provide products and services for petroleum marketers, convenience and food retailers and the industry.
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