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The Organic Trade Association (OTA) has appointed Richard Struthers to be its new member development manager. In this newly created position, Struthers will work to support and expand the trade association's diverse membership.
"Dick's extensive experience in the organic industry will go a long way towards helping the OTA to better serve its expanding membership," noted Christine Bushway, the group's executive director.
Before joining the organization, Struthers held sales positions with such organic and natural product distribution companies as Northeast Cooperatives, United Natural Foods (UNFI) and Albert's Organics.
Greenfield, Mass.-based OTA is the membership-based business association for organic agriculture and products in North America. Its approximately 1,700 members include growers, shippers, processors, certifiers, farmers' associations, distributors, importers, exporters, consultants and retailers.