American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) President Michael McGuffin last night received the Nutrition Business Journal (NBJ) 2011 Efforts on Behalf of the Industry Award. The award was presented during a ceremony at the sold-out NBJ Summit in Dana Point, Calif.
This is the second time McGuffin has been honored by NBJ. He received the same award for 2004.
During his acceptance speech, McGuffin noted that a review of the NBJ Summit attendee list from this year's event showed that about 35 percent of the attendees belonged to at least one of the four national trade associations, which meant that approximately two-thirds of the attendees "are not actively participating in this industry's organizational governance."
"I am sharing this data with you as an invitation to join at least one of these four trade associations," he said. "This invitation recognizes that any success that I have in my work relies to a large degree on the input and ideas of the companies that participate as trade association members. Your participation helps me to help you and allows me to continue to make efforts on behalf of this dynamic and essential industry. I hope you will join me in these efforts."
The NBJ Business Achievement Awards provide annual recognition of industry's brightest stars and key players as they broaden the impact and reputation of nutrition as a true steward of health and wellness, according to Marc Brush, NBJ editor in chief.