2012 Press Releases
OTA Board honors Julia Sabin for leadership of the trade association
Contact: Barbara Haumann (firstname.lastname@example.org; 802-275-3820)
BERKELEY, CA (Jan. 12, 2012)—Julia Sabin of Smucker Natural Foods, who served as President of the Organic Trade Association’s (OTA’s) Board of Directors for the past three years, was honored by her colleagues at the Board’s quarterly meeting and annual retreat held this week here in Berkeley, CA.
“During Julia’s time at the helm, OTA unquestionably gained in stature both domestically and internationally. Her personal dedication to service in the industry and to OTA is greatly appreciated,” said Matt McLean, current Board President who is founder and CEO of Uncle Matt’s Organic.
Under Sabin’s presidency, the trade association stepped up its advocacy efforts in Washington, D.C., including opening an office in D.C. in The Hall of The States building just blocks from the Capitol in early 2010, and organizing successful annual Policy Conference and Hill Visit Days. Meanwhile, its work on the international front also gained momentum and respect. In addition, Sabin and colleagues on OTA’s volunteer Annual Fund Host Committee continue to conduct campaigns that directly support OTA’s government relations, consumer education and media outreach efforts.
Through her service on OTA’s Board, Sabin has helped position OTA strongly for the future. She continues to serve as a Board member and serves on OTA’s Executive Committee.
The Organic Trade Association (OTA) is the membership-based business association for organic agriculture and products in North America. OTA is the leading voice for the organic trade in the United States, representing over 6,500 organic businesses across 49 states. Its members include growers, shippers, processors, certifiers, farmers' associations, distributors, importers, exporters, consultants, retailers and others. OTA’s Board of Directors is democratically elected by its members. OTA's mission is to promote and protect the growth of organic trade to benefit the environment, farmers, the public and the economy.