Management Profiles

On a daily basis, the following five staff members oversee all aspects of managing FIA:

President & CEO – Michael Durant
Email:  |  Phone: 518-434-1900

General Counsel & Senior Vice President of Government Relations – Jay M. Peltz, Esq.
Email:  |  Phone: 914-833-1002

Vice President of Government Relations - vacant

Director, Trade Relations – Ava B. Stone
Email:  |  Phone: 518-434-1900 ext. 234

Office Manager / Executive Assistant, Laura E. Mastrianni
Email:  |  Phone: 518-434-1900 ext. 221

Michael P. Durant
President & CEO

Michael was named President and Chief Executive Officer for the Food Industry Alliance in April 2018. While leading the organization to maintain and grow as the premier voice for the grocery industry, Michael coordinates our public policy, communications and trade relations efforts.

Prior to joining FIA, Michael was an advocate for New York’s small businesses as State Director for the National Federation of Independent Business for nearly 8 years. He also served in a variety of roles on former New York Governor George E. Pataki’s staff and has worked in the state legislature.

These past positions have given Michael a deep understanding of the complex political and public policy issues impacting New York’s economy.

Active in the community, Durant has previously served on several boards in both the village of Ballston Spa and Town of Milton.

Durant received his bachelor’s degree from Siena College in 2000 and resides in Malta with his wife and two children.

Jay M. Peltz 
General Counsel & Senior Vice President Government Relations

Jay serves as the Food Industry Alliance's voice in the Metro - New York region before the Administration and Council of New York City and the county and local governments in Suffolk, Nassau and Westchester Counties.  Jay oversees a comprehensive public affairs program that includes: lobbying; maintaining communications with FIA members operating in this region; writing/editing FIA's Metro newsletter Fast Food Facts; coordinating FIA's WIC Task Force; representing the industry with the Public/Private Initiatives Team at the NYC Office of Emergency Management; and overseeing FIA's Metro office.

Jay possesses an extensive industry and public sector background.  Besides his experience as a supermarket owner/operator in Peekskill, New York, Jay was Associate General Counsel for the

Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, Counsel and Legislative Director in the New York State Legislature, and Senior Assistant Corporate Counsel for the City of White Plains.

Jay received his Bachelor of Arts degree with honors from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his Juris Doctorate from the Fordham University School of Law.

Ava B. Stone
Director, Trade Relations

Ava directs FIA’s varied and extensive trade relations program which encompasses marketing, special events planning and execution, liaison to the supplier members and all trade-related promotional activities. Specifically, Ava oversees and manages the annual Red Carpet Salute, the “Jack Duffy Golf Classic,” the yearly “Trade Summit,” Regional Trade Receptions/Dinners, and the Food for Thought Fund Scholarship Saratoga Fundraiser. Ava’s other key accountabilities include recruitment and retention of Chairman’s Club members (i.e. grocery suppliers and manufacturers), arranging “guaranteed appointments” for Chairman’s Club members with supermarket chain and wholesale procurement officers, and preparation of FIA’s Salute Journal/Membership Directory.

Laura E. Mastrianni
Office Manager / Executive Assistant

Laura serves as Office Manager and Executive Assistant for Government & Trade Relations. In this capacity, she assists in scheduling and planning of meetings, supports the administration of trade events, maintains databases, accounts receivables and coordinates marketing efforts from design to print and publish. Laura provides computer assistance and support to the FIA staff as well as acts as webmaster and graphic designer. Her background in advertising and design is most helpful in this area.

Laura received her Bachelor’s degree from the College of New Jersey majoring in Corporate Fitness/Wellness, Digital Design diploma from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh Online and holds certifications in many Microsoft Office applications.