WASHINGTON -- National Confectioners Association president Larry Graham has announced that he will retire following the 2014 Sweets & Snacks Expo. Graham has led the trade group for 22 years.
Graham, who has overseen significant changes in the association's structure, plans to be actively involved in the recruitment and transition process, which will be led by current NCA chairman Mitchell Goetze and vice-chairman Bob Simpson.
"I'm looking forward to working with our members to find the best possible successor, someone who will enjoy representing this industry of small and large candy companies located in every corner of the U.S. and around the world who make a product that people love," said Graham. "In the meantime, I have two more years at the helm of NCA and lots of work to do."
Goetze emphasized that the transition will be orderly, well thought-out and positive for the NCA membership and the staff. "This is an important time in NCA history and it must be done carefully," he said. "Larry has done a great job and transformed NCA over the last 20 years, and we want to keep that momentum going."
Based in Washington, DC, NCA currently has 700 members, which include domestic and international confectionery manufacturers and suppliers.
NCA's 2013 Sweets & Snacks Expo (previously All Candy Expo) will be held from May 21 to 23 at Chicago's McCormick Place.