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ASSOCIATIONS/ORGANIZATIONS: Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), Washington, D.C. Geoff Freeman will become the organization’s new president and CEO, effective Aug. 1, taking over for Pamela Bailey, who previously announced her intent to retire after nearly 10 years as GMA’s president and CEO. Freeman has been president and CEO of the American Gaming Association (AGA) for the past 5 years, where he modernized the association, built up membership, created consensus on key issues, shifted perceptions in Washington and achieved significant advocacy victories. Most notably, the AGA drove the campaign to declare the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) unconstitutional, paving the way for legalized sports betting nationwide. Previously, Freeman was chief operating officer of the U.S. Travel Association, where he campaigned to enact the Travel Promotion Act, creating $200 million in funding annually to promote tourism to the United States and paved the way for the creation of the TSA PreCheck program.
International Association of Refrigerated Warehouses (IARW), Alexandria, Va.
The arm of Global Cold Chain Alliance (GCCA) elected Doug Harrison, president and CEO of Versacold Logistics, was elected as the 2018-2019 chairman of the IARW board of directors. Other new IARW officers elected for the coming year were Andrew Janson, president and CEO of Hanson Logistics, as vice chairman, and Ron Buford, president and CEO of Premier Refrigerated Warehouse, as treasurer. Elected to serve 3-year terms as new directors-at-large are Larry Alderfer, chief operating officer of United States Cold Storage; Drew Greenberg, president of Newport-St. Paul Cold Storage; Andrew Fisk, president of Lone Star Cold Storage; Francisco Moura, chief executive officer of Super Frio; and Neal Rider, founder and CEO of Emergent Cold. Fred Boehler, president and CEO of Americold, and Mike McClendon, executive vice president, optimization and integration of Lineage Logistics, were re-nominated to serve 3-year terms. Meanwhile, Paul Henningsen, president of Henningsen Cold Storage, was elected as the 2018-2019 chairman of the WFLO board of governors. Other new WFLO officers elected include Don Dick, owner and CEO of Dick Cold Storage, as vice chairman, and Brian Beazer, general manager and CEO of Winchester Cold Storage, as treasurer. New board members elected to serve 3-year terms on the WFLO board include Mickey Hoffman, vice president, corporate development, United States Cold Storage; Dave Moore, president of Agro Merchants Group; John Naylor, president of Western Distribution Services; and Angie Schmidt, executive vice president of Mattingly Cold Storage. Greg Laurin, president of Conestoga Cold Storage, and Dave Stuver, executive vice president and CFO of Americold Logistics, were re-nominated.