2008 AHPA Awards Honor Herbal Leaders

2008 AHPA Awards Honor Herbal Leaders

Silver Spring, MD March 27, 2008 — The American Herbal Products Association highlights and applauds the dedication and heart of five individuals who have enhanced the herbal community by bestowing them with AHPA Awards during the association’s member meeting in Anaheim, Calif. March 13.

AHPA President Michael McGuffin and Board Chair Edward J. Fletcher emceed a lively morning ceremony and presented the following outstanding individuals with awards

Anthony Young, Partner, Kleinfeld, Kaplan & Becker AHPA General Counsel Tony Young received the Herbal Hero award for making outstanding contributions to AHPA committees and initiatives. Mr. Young’s deep reservoir of legal knowledge, sharp wit and dedication to the herbal community has enriched every facet of AHPA during his decade-long tenure.

Steven Foster, President, Steven Foster Group, Inc.
Acclaimed photographer Steven Foster was presented with the Herbal Insight award for furthering the knowledge and understanding of medicinal and aromatic plants through his excellent work as a photographer, author and consultant. Mr. Foster’s ability to capture the elegance and intimacy of the “human-plant relationship” continues to astound.

Stephen Straus, M.D., Director, National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, National Institutes of Health (1999-2006)
Dr. Stephen Straus, the first director of NCCAM, was posthumously honored with the Herbal Insight award for his contributions to the field of herbal research. Dr. Straus’ insistence on rigorous experimental designs and the use of only well-characterized material revolutionized the study of herbs at NIH and changed the paradigm for botanical research.

Sara Katz and Ed Smith, Herb Pharm Co-Founders
The Herbal Industry Leader award is presented to a company with outstanding business practices. In Herb Pharm, Sara Katz and Ed Smith have built a company renowned for its commitment to quality, its rigorous standards and its heartfelt authenticity. Ms. Katz and “Herbal Ed” are as high quality as their wildcrafted extracts and tonic,s and AHPA commends them on their exemplary leadership.

“For the third year, we have been honored to recognize top-notch representatives of the herbal industry with AHPA Awards,” said Michael McGuffin, the association’s president. “This is a very impressive slate of winners, and AHPA is pleased to know we will have an impressive slate of award recipients next year as well. Our awards thus far have only begun to honor the outstanding members of the herbal world.”

2008 AHPA Award Photos
AHPA Award Winners (All photos by Dan Scott, courtesy of AHPA)

2008 AHPA Award Winners from left to right: Dr. Joe Betz, Office of
Dietary Supplements, accepting on behalf of Dr. Stephen Straus, Steven Foster,
Sara Katz, Ed Smith and Tony Young.

Tony Young: Herbal Hero

Tony Young (center) accepts his award from 2007 AHPA Herbal Hero Beth
Lambert (left) and Board Chair Edward J. Fletcher.

Steven Foster: Herbal Insight

Steven Foster (center) shakes hands with Board Chair Edward J. Fletcher
after being presented with the award by AHPA Public Relations Committee
Chair Suzanne Shelton, Shelton Group PR.

Herb Pharm: Herbal Industry Leader

Herb Pharm Co-Founders Sara Katz and Ed Smith thank each other for their
hard work and support after winning the Herbal Industry Leader award.

Dr. Stephen Straus: Herbal Insight

Dr. Joe Betz (left) accepts the Herbal Insight award on behalf of NCCAM’s first
Director, Dr. Stephen Straus, who died of brain cancer May 14, 2007. Also pictured
are AHPA Chief Science Officer (center) and AHPA Board Chair Edward J. Fletcher.

The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) is the only national trade association devoted to herbal issues. Representing the core of the botanical trade—comprised of the finest growers, processors, manufacturers and marketers of herbal products—our mission is to promote the responsible commerce of herbal products. AHPA committees generate self-regulations to ensure the highest level of quality with respect to the way herbal products are manufactured, labeled, and sold. Website: www.ahpa.org.

Katia Fowler, Director of Communications
American Herbal Products Association
Telephone: (301) 588-1171 x104
Email: [email protected]

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