Tony Jacobs becomes NCA Chair

The National Confectioners Association (NCA) announced that Tony Jacobs, President of Bazooka Candy Brands, will assume the role of Chair of the NCA Board of Trustees for a two-year term. Jacobs most recently served as Vice Chair and will take over from departing NCA Board Chair Barry Rosenbaum, President of Nassau Candy Distributors.

“Tony’s keen understanding of policy and politics, and his knowledge of the industry make him an incredibly effective thought leader for our industry,” commented John Downs, President and CEO of NCA.

“I am honuored to take on this role to advocate on behalf of hundreds of confectionery companies and the nearly 58,000 American workers they employ,” said Tony Jacobs, President of Bazooka Candy Brands. “In a challenging environment, our industry remains strong and vibrant as consumers, now more than ever, want treats in their lives. I look forward to working with the NCA membership and staff to ensure the continued strength of this cherished industry.”

Jacobs served as the association’s political action committee chair and was instrumental in building an effective and successful CandyPAC, the NCA’s political action committee. Prior to his role as President of Bazooka, Jacobs worked for more than a decade in marketing roles at Nabisco, Unilever and Dr Pepper Snapple Group. He earned his BA in political science from The George Washington University.

NCA also announced additional appointments to its Board of Trustees including Jerry Hagedorn, Executive Vice President of Barry Callebaut who will serve as Vice Chair of the NCA Board.

Five industry representatives will be joining as well, including Carrie Abbott, Newfangled Confections; John Kretchmer, American Licorice Company; Rob Nelson, Elmer Chocolate; Stephanie Stuckey, Stuckey’s; and Steve Godhe, The Allan Sullivan Company.

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