Michael McGuffin Honored for 20 Years of Service to AHPA

The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) was pleased to honor President Michael McGuffin during the March 11 AHPA Annual Member Meeting and Breakfast for 20+ years of service to the association.

“Michael’s commitment to AHPA and the herbal industry over the past 20 years has been nothing short of amazing,” said Board of Trustee’s Chair Katie Huggins. “He is willing to give his time and expertise to individual companies that have specific questions about the business and is able to do so without losing sight of the big picture and the broad work needed to support AHPA’s mission of promoting and protecting responsible trade of herbal products.”

McGuffin’s work with AHPA began when he joined the association as a member in the mid-1980s. He was elected to the Board of Trustees in 1990. After serving on the board for almost a decade, McGuffin was hired as its president in 1999. AHPA is proud of what it has accomplished thus far under McGuffin’s leadership, including spearheading the request for mandatory reporting of serious adverse events; ensuring a place for dietary supplements under the scope of the National Organic Program (NOP); and providing industry with numerous self-regulatory guidances, policies and trade requirements.

Including his time with AHPA, McGuffin has been a member of the natural products industry for over 35 years. In 1974, he opened a retail store selling fresh fruits and vegetables and bulk herbs in Venice, Calif., and, in 1978, he co-founded herbal products company McZand (now Zand). McGuffin’s experience in the industry and at AHPA provides him with a valuable ability to understand the distinct but compatible needs that individual businesses and the broader industry require to succeed.

“I am honored and grateful for this award recognizing my efforts on behalf of the herbal products industry,” said McGuffin. “It has been a joy to work for AHPA members over the past 20 years, and it has been satisfying to be able to give back to a community I value greatly for its promotion of health through herbal knowledge both old and new.”

For Michael McGuffin’s complete biography, please visit AHPA’s Web site.

The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) is the national trade association and voice of the herbal products industry. AHPA is comprised of domestic and foreign companies doing business as growers, processors, manufacturers and marketers of herbs and herbal products, including foods, dietary supplements, cosmetics, and nonprescription drugs. Founded in 1982, AHPA’s mission is to promote the responsible commerce of herbal products. Website: www.ahpa.org.

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