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Thomas Jackson, president/CEO of the Ohio Grocers Association (OGA), has been named the 2010 recipient of the National Grocers Association (NGA) leadership award.
Jackson’s involvement with the grocery industry spans over five decades. When he was 10 years old, he started sorting pop bottles in his dad’s grocery store, and eventually went on to own and operate the store. He has also enjoyed a successful speaking, consulting and association career, including a number of years with NGA as its VP of industry relations and membership services. Jackson eventually returned to his home state of Ohio to head up OGA, where he’s been president/CEO for the past 24 years.
“I’ve been lucky to have known Tom and his wife, Ellie, for so many years, including the early years of NGA, when Tom worked with us,” said NGA CEO Thomas K. Zaucha. “Times were tough and challenging, but together we shared that vision and passion to make it work. It’s [with] that same passion and dedication that Tom has led the OGA for the past 24 years into one of the top state trade associations in the country.”
Jackson is additionally a past board member of NGA, past chairman of the Food Industry Association Executives (FIAE) and past president of NGA’s Asparagus Club.