NGFA President Randy Gordon recently announced the promotions of several executive staff members.
Promoted to the newly created position of senior vice president are Charlie Delacruz, general counsel and corporate secretary; David Fairfield, feed services; and Todd Kemp, marketing and treasurer.
Former Director of Safety and Regulatory Affairs Jess McCluer has been promoted to vice president of safety and regulatory affairs.
"Each of these individuals has contributed greatly to the success of the NGFA during their combined 67 years of service, and continue to be integral to the growth in government representation and services the association provides to meet our member companies' business needs," Gordon said. "Their dedication, hard work, selfless effort and specialized knowledge in their respective fields make them invaluable members of our staff team."
Kemp, who joined the NGFA's staff in 1991 as director of legislative affairs, was promoted to vice president of marketing in March 2012 after his role as director since 1997. He was elected corporate treasurer in 2000. Before joining NGFA's staff, he worked for the Agency for International Development, as a budget analyst at the U.S. Department of Agriculture and as a legislative assistant for then-Sen. Nancy Landon Kassebaum-Baker, R-Kan.
Fairfield was promoted to vice president of feed services in March 2012, after serving as director since joining the staff in 2001 after a more than 20-year management career in the feed industry.
Delacruz joined the NGFA's staff in 2002, and was also promoted to vice president in March 2012. Delacruz was an attorney with a Baltimore, Md.-based consulting firm providing services for Fortune 500 food industry clients on regulatory, import-export, safety and quality, and business and litigation issues before joining NGFA's staff.
McCluer joined NGFA's staff in 2007 after serving since April 2003 as a program analyst at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) Office of Outreach Services and Alliances. There he worked to coordinate implementation of national alliances and development of compliance-assistance resources for businesses and was twice honored with the secretary of labor's Exceptional Achievement Award.
The National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA) consists of more than 1,050 grain, feed, processing, exporting and other grain-related companies that operate more than 7,000 facilities and handle more than 70 percent of all U.S. grains and oilseeds.