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IDFA announces inaugural NextGen Leadership Class

Members will take part in NextGen Leadership Program

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The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) has released the roster of its inaugural NextGen Leadership Class, a group of 13 up-and-coming dairy industry professionals who will participate in the year-long NextGen Leadership Program, which supports, guides and prepares mid-senior level dairy industry professionals to take the next step in their leadership journey.

The 2019 class includes:

  • Ebru Basaran-Shull, director, compliance and government affairs, Sargento Foods, Inc., Plymouth, WI
  • Mark Benson, VP, supply chain, Leprino Foods Company, Denver, CO
  • Brian Fletcher, VP, commercial/institutional service and sales, Rice Dairy, Chicago, IL
  • Lucas Fuess, director of dairy market intelligence, HigherGround Dairy, Chicago, IL
  • David Hakes, regulatory product compliance manager, company affairs, Schreiber Foods, Inc., Green Bay, WI
  • Jeff Larson, general manager, dairy operation, H-E-B, San Antonio, TX
  • Megan Lesch, food safety and compliance manager, Shamrock Foods Company, Phoenix, AZ
  • Erin Massey, product development manager, Prairie Farms Dairy, Inc., Kirkwood, MO
  • Matt McClelland, director of operations, Prairie Farms Dairy, Inc., Earth City, MO
  • Caleb Robinson, strategy manager, Saputo Dairy Foods USA, Dallas, TX
  • Michael Sachau, market development director, TC Transcontinental, Ada, MI
  • Patrick Schallberger, CEO, Hollandia Dairy, San Marco, CA
  • Matt Wilkinson, general manager, IT (CIO), strategic projects and contract management, Great Lakes Cheese, Hiram, OH



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