BBI's Lori Davis Selected for NCA Future Leadership Program

BBI proudly announces Lori Davis, our Retail Southwest Sales Director, chosen among eight industry leaders for NCA's 2024 Future Leadership Program.

We are pleased to announce that Lori Davis, our Retail Southwest Sales Director at BBI, has been selected by the National Confectioners Association (NCA) to participate in their 2024 Future Leadership Program.

Renowned for recognizing and nurturing emerging leaders in the confectionery industry, the NCA's Future Leadership Program selected Lori as one of only eight participants nationwide. This recognition highlights her exceptional leadership, dedication, and impact on the sector.

The program, launched in 2016, offers participants a comprehensive understanding of the confectionery industry, covering crucial aspects such as legislative and regulatory issues, market trends, and leadership development. Lori's participation not only reflects her individual accomplishments but also underscores BBI's commitment to fostering leadership and innovation within the industry.

Colin McIntosh, BBI Vice President West, stated, "It has truly been a pleasure having Lori work within our organization. She has eagerly welcomed every challenge that Graham and I have thrown her way. With a thirst for knowledge and a deep understanding of how a broker agency fits into the grand scheme of things, she has exhibited a never-ending curiosity about delivering solutions for our clients, customers, and retailers. A quick study, Lori elevated quickly within our organization to Director of Sales. Perseverance through adversity has been a McIntosh family motto that she has embraced and champions daily, often with one arm tied behind her back, to deliver successful results for our partners. We are proud to see her being recognized by the NCA, and we're confident she'll be a valuable asset to her colleagues. Congratulations, Lori! We anticipate even greater success at BBI."

The 2024 class includes:  

  • Lori Davis, Director of Sales West, Burdette Beckmann, Inc. 
  • Chase Brown, Regional Business Manager- Grocery & Convenience – Texas/New Mexico, Perfetti Van Melle
  • Kate Duffy, Director of Human Resources, North America, Storck USA, L.P.
  • Steve Edminister, Team Leader, Russell Stover Chocolates
  • Cody Heinz, Director of Sales, Bell Flavors & Fragrances
  • Christina Jenkins, Customer Cocoa Research and Development Project Manager, Barry Callebaut
  • Mark Slusser, General Manager, Blommer Chocolate Co.
  • Franki Smurro, Sr. Customer Marketing Manager, Mars Wrigley 
“The Future Leaders are shaking things up in the world of chocolate and candy, and they’ve got what it takes to drive our industry ahead,” stated NCA President & CEO John Downs. “Our Future Leadership Program ensures they get the right tools to flourish and achieve their fullest potential. I am excited to work alongside these inspiring individuals and watch their career paths unfold.”

As Lori embarks on this journey, the entire BBI team congratulates her on this well-deserved achievement. We look forward to the positive impact she and her fellow participants will make, shaping the future of the confectionery sector through insights gained from this program.

For more information about the NCA 2024 Future Leadership Program and Lori Davis's participation, please visit the official NCA article: NCA 2024 Future Leadership Program Class Introduced.

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