NPA Installs New Board Members

The Natural Products Association (NPA) installed its 2010–2011 board of directors during its 73rd annual trade show and convention, Natural MarketPlace 2010. Newly elected executive committee and board members were sworn in on Saturday, June 12 during the association's Annual Business Meeting, held in Las Vegas, Nev.

Jeff Wright, owner of Wright’s Nutrients, a retail store in New Port Richey, Fla., was announced as president-elect of the association. Wright has been active in the NPA for nearly two decades, serving on the NPA-South regional board and three years on the national NPA board of directors. Wright will step into the presidency in 2011, succeeding current president Pat Sardell, owner of Country Vitamins, Corvallis, Ore.

Newly elected or re-elected to the 22-member board are suppliers Jane Drinkwalter, Vitamer Laboratories, Irvine, Calif.; Harvey Kamil, NBTY, Inc. Bohemia, N.Y.; John Haydock, Burt’s Bees, Durham, N.C.; Carilyn Anderson, Carlson Labs, Arlington Heights, Ill.; and Peter Zambetti, Capsugel, Peapack, N.J. Retail members are Jon Fiume, Ritzman Natural Health Pharmacy, Wadsworth, Ohio; Tom Sokoloff, owner, Paradise Health Foods, Palm Bay, Fla.; and Richard League, Mothers Cupboard Natural Foods, Spokane, Wash.

The NPA’s 2011 executive committee is: Sardell, president; Wright, president-elect, Zambetti, treasurer, Anderson, and Sokoloff, the association’s Supply Council Chair and Retail Council Chair, respectively. The remainder of the board are members Bruce Barlean, Barlean’s Organic Oils, Ferndale, Wash.; Gary Barrows, Bluebonnet Nutrition Corp., Sugar Land, Texas; Carolyn Behrman, Natural Choices for Healthy Living, Columbus, Ind.; Rhonda Bone, Rhonda’s Nature’s Way, San Antonio, Texas; Donnie Caffrey, Good Foods Grocery, Richmond, Va.; Roxanne Green, PCC Natural Markets, Kirkland, Wash.; Tom Grillea, UNFI, Uniondale, N.Y; Peggy Ranger, Peggy’s Natural Foods, Stuart, Fla.; David Stouder, Apple Health Foods, Redwood City, Calif.; John Venardos, Herbalife, Torrance, Calif.; Bruce Worley, Humphreys Pharmacal, East Hampton, Conn.; Drinkwalter, Fiume, Haydock, Kamil, and League.

Several members completed their terms and were recognized for their service to the association: Past-president Debra Short, House of Health, Shawnee, Okla.; Retail Directors Howard Pollack, Rainbow Acres, Los Angeles, Calif. and Randy Reinartz, Wayne and Mary's Nutrition Center, Sioux Falls, S.D; and Supply Directors Gary Hume Nutraceutical Corp., Park City, Utah; Michael Schwartz, Michael's Naturopathic Program, San Antonio, Texas; and Mike Indursky, formerly of Burt’s Bees.

About Natural Products Association

The Natural Products Association (NPA), founded in 1936, is the largest and oldest non-profit organization dedicated to the natural products industry, representing more than 10,000 retailers, manufacturers, wholesalers and distributors of natural products, including foods, dietary supplements, and health/beauty aids. As the leading voice of the natural products industry, the NPA’s mission is to advocate for the rights of consumers to have access to products that will maintain and improve their health, and for the rights of retailers and suppliers to sell these products. Visit

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