John H. Downs, Jr.

President & CEO, National Confectioners Association

John H. Downs, Jr. was named president and chief executive officer of the National Confectioners Association and NCA’s Chocolate Council in 2014. As the chief representative of the association, John manages strategic direction and daily operations of the Washington, D.C.-based trade group, and serves as the primary voice for the $34 billion U.S. confectionery industry. The association has a robust public policy agenda, hosts the American confectionery industry’s largest trade show, the Sweets & Snacks Expo, conducts scientific and shopper research, has a well-established international marketing program for U.S.-made products and serves as the primary voice for the chocolate, cocoa, non-chocolate and gum industries in the United States across a variety of audiences.

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PMCA President Robert Huzinec, The Hershey Company, with Keynote Speaker John H. Downs, Jr. of the National Confectioners Association.

Mr. Downs’ presentation – Our Industry Focus: Rethink, Refresh, Renew, was enjoyed by all.

Mr. Downs receiving his candy bag from President Bob Huzinec.