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NGA Names New Staffers

4 join the association, while 1 is promoted

The National Grocers Association, the Arlington, Va.-based trade association representing independent grocers, named four new team members and promoted one staffer.

“NGA is committed to investing in advocacy, education and communication efforts that assist independent supermarkets competing in an industry that is constantly changing with new formats, products and consumer preferences,” said Greg Ferrara, NGA president and CEO. “I am pleased to announce four additions to the NGA team and one key promotion that will enhance our services, providing our members with the tools and information necessary to thrive in a competitive marketplace.”

New hires and promotions include:

Sarah Long joined the NGA as manager of member services. Long will provide support and outreach to NGA’s members, as well as database management to ensure accurate records for NGA’s members. Prior to joining the NGA, Long worked for the American Chemistry Council, where she provided support with invoicing, conference and event logistics and managed a member development program.

Eric Payne has been promoted to manager of communications. Payne will manage strategic communications for the NGA and all social media platforms. He joined the NGA in 2018 as coordinator of communications and marketing.

Brenda Rowe joined the NGA as senior manager of board and member relations and executive assistant to Ferrara. Rowe will serve as the liaison to the NGA board of directors and manage multiple projects throughout the year. Rowe comes to the NGA from the American Seed Trade Association, where she worked as executive assistant to its president and CEO.

Michelle Tiller joined the NGA as SVP of finance and administration. Tiller comes to the NGA from Crop Life America, where she was controller. Prior to that, she spent 12 years at the International Bottled Water Association as CFO, leading their finance and administration efforts. Tiller will lead NGA’s finance and administration operations. 

Mary Whitehead joined the NGA as manager of marketing and digital content. Whitehead will manage NGA’s marketing efforts to increase awareness for NGA and NGA Foundation programs and events. Prior to joining the NGA, Whitehead led marketing efforts and developed content for multiple accounts at Stanton Communications.


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