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Jan Gee, president and CEO of the Washington Food Industry Association was presented the National Grocers Association (NGA) Association Leadership Award for her dedication and continued service as a community focused state association executive.
"It's an honor to recognize Jan for her outstanding leadership and tremendous commitment to the independent grocery sector, not only in the state of Washington, but for the industry as a whole,” said Peter J. Larkin, president and CEO of NGA. “Her participation and involvement in various educational programs and industry events have raised the visibility of the independent grocer. She is held in the highest regard by the industry, her members, and officials throughout the state of Washington."
A 30-year industry veteran, Gee began lobbying for grocers back in 1986 and became the first president of the newly formed Washington Retail Association in 1987 where she repres. In subsequent years she continued to lobby on behalf of the food industry until 2006 when she became the president and CEO of the Washington Food Industry Association, which is dedicated to promoting and protecting the independent, community-focused grocery industry and its suppliers.
Gee has been an advocate for important legislative victories on the state and federal level, having worked on important issues such as the estate tax, swipe fees and FDA chain restaurant menu labeling.
She also continually aims to provide her members with the best resources available by participating and offering educational opportunities for her membership and partaking in a variety of industry events.
Past recipients of this special recognition include Pat Hicks, retired executive director, Kentucky Grocers Association; Jerry Fleagle, former president and CEO, Iowa Grocery Industry Association; Kathy Siefken, executive director, Nebraska Grocery Industry Association; Jim Olsen, past president and CEO, Utah Food Industry Association; Jim Rogers, president and CEO, Food Industry Alliance of New York; and Dan Shaul, state director, Missouri Grocers Association.