NCA Announces 2018 Future Leadership Program Class

NCA Announces 2018 Future Leadership Program Class

WASHINGTON – Five young professionals within the confectionery industry have been selected for NCA’s 2018 Future Leadership Program. The full breadth of the category is on display in this year’s class as the supply, manufacturing, distribution and retail sides of the industry are represented.

“The Future Leadership Program is a very important strategic initiative that was designed to help build knowledge and leadership skills of young professionals in the confectionery industry,” said NCA President and CEO John Downs. “This program provides a comprehensive experience for our young people to further develop talents and careers within their respective companies.”

The 2018 Future Leadership Program class is:

Arshbir Ghuman
Channel Lead – Brand Licensing
Mars Wrigley Confectionery

Lana Jones
Associate Category Manager – Candy
Walgreen Co.

Sharon Montgomery
Inside Sales Manager
Adams & Brooks

Jason Musick
Jason Scott Specialty Foods

Melissa Tisoncik
R&D Corporate Manager – Prouct Development
Blommer Chocolate

Now in its third year, the Future Leadership Program was launched in 2016. The one-year program provides support, education, access and opportunity to young professionals who wish to advance into the ranks of leadership. Future leaders will 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. In addition to the educational and networking opportunities, program participants will also be matched with a highly regarded leader within the confectionery industry who will serve as a formal mentor.

Downs expressed his congratulations to the 2018 class of future leaders, adding that they represent a truly diverse group of individuals with whom he looks forward to interacting. “I have no doubt they will each leave their mark on our industry.”

The application process for the 2019 class will open in late summer. Those interested in applying for the program, or learning more about how to get involved as either a young professional or as a mentor, should visit the NCA website.

*NoteClick here to access photos of the 2018 class of future leaders.

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About the National Confectioners Association (NCA):
The National Confectioners Association is the trade organization that promotes the unique role of chocolate, candy, gum and mints in a happy, balanced lifestyle and the companies that make these special treats. Through advocacy and regulatory guidance, communications, industry insights and retail and supply chain engagement, NCA helps create an environment that enables candy makers and confectionery retailers to thrive. As the leading association for the $36 billion U.S. confectionery industry, NCA works to ensure that chocolate and candy are celebrated for their contributions to culture, society, the economy and everyday moments of joy. Confections are produced in all 50 states, creating jobs for approximately 55,000 workers in more than 1,300 manufacturing facilities across the country. Learn more at or follow NCA on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.