NCA Names the 2019 Future Leadership Class

NCA Names the 2019 Future Leadership Class

WASHINGTON – NCA has announced the five young professionals for the 2019 Future Leadership Program. The 2019 class features individuals from both large and small manufacturers, a well-respected broker and a dynamic retailer.

“The Future Leadership Program is a valuable initiative for NCA as it advances the knowledge and leadership skills of the industry’s next generation of executives,” commented John Downs, NCA president and CEO. “I look forward to working with the future leaders as they will play a vital role in shaping the association’s next strategic plan.”

The 2018 Future Leadership Program class includes:

Steve Casey
Melville Candy Co.

Natalie Herr
Russell Stover

Michele Polito
Dylan’s Candy Bar

Tessa Porter
Ferrara Candy Co.

Mike Terroni
HWY Partners

Launched in 2016, the Future Leadership 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 weekend. 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.

The application process for the 2020 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.


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.