October 25, 2018 Red Carpet Salute
MESSAGE FROM FIANY’s PRESIDENT AND CEO MIKE DURANT
First, let me express my sincere gratitude and appreciation for the opportunity to lead the Food Industry Alliance of New York State. I have always believed that entrepreneurs are the essential fabric of every community, from the products and services you provide to the countless philanthropic efforts you undertake. Quite simply, you are invaluable.
Having represented small employers in New York for the past eight years, I have been on the front lines for many of the public policy and regulatory barriers that you all have and continue to face. And I have also seen the incredible generosity and community commitment business provides.
The Food Industry Alliance is the premier statewide association that represents your interests in New York. From our tireless advocacy on your behalf to our trade events, we will continue to bring you the policy news you need to know and the opportunities to network with your fellow FIA members.
We will always maintain our status as the true voice of the grocery industry, and in the coming months will be working diligently to increase our brand, our membership and provide you as members with the services you need in today’s constantly evolving economy.
The past six months have seen both subtle and substantive change at FIA, and we are not finished. As your industry evolves, it is imperative that the association that represents your interests does as well. From our advocacy efforts, our brand and our member engagement events, the opportunity for growth and modernization are endless.
I continue to look forward to working to move our great association forward. Together we will accomplish many great things!