AUSTIN, Texas (May 15, 2003)- Phil Margolis of Neshaminy Valley Natural Foods Distributor, who served as president-elect of the Organic Trade Association (OTA) during 2002-2003, last night took the reins as president of OTA, the business association serving the organic industry in North America.
Margolis was chosen president during an OTA Board of Directors meeting yesterday, and his presidency announced at OTA's Annual Meeting held last evening in conjunction with OTA's 2003 All Things OrganicTM Conference and Trade Show.
Other officers are Jesse Singerman, consultant, vice president representing the United States, Debra Boyle of Pro Organics, vice president representing Canada, Chuck Marcy of Horizon Organic, treasurer, Dave DeCou of One Step Forward Farm, secretary, and Nancy Hirshberg of Stonyfield Farm, at-large member on OTA's executive committee.
In the recent member balloting, Hirshberg and Margolis were re-elected to the board, while Brian Leahy of California Certified Organic Farmers was elected to his first term. Lynn Clarkson of Clarkson Grain Company, Inc., was subsequently chosen to fill an appointed seat. All four positions are for three-year terms.
In addition, Boyle, immediate past president of OTA, was reelected to the board to represent Canada.
Continuing members on the board are Luis Acuña of CF Fresh, Andy Grant of Grant Family Farms, Theresa Marquez of Organic Valley/CROPP Cooperative, Marty Mesh of Florida Certified Organic Growers & Consumers, Inc., LaRhea Pepper of Organic Essentials, Inc., John Stalker of Weetabix Canada, and Margaret Wittenberg of Whole Foods Market.
The Organic Trade Association is the business association representing the organic industry in North America. Its 1,300 members include growers, shippers, processors, certifiers, farmers' associations, distributors, importers, exporters, consultants, retailers and others. Founded in 1985, OTA encourages global sustainability by promoting and protecting the growth of diverse organic trade.
May 15, 2003
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