WASHINGTON, D.C., U.S. — The National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA) announced on Feb. 11 the promotions of several executive staff members.

Promoted to the newly created positions of senior vice-president are: Charlie Delacruz, general counsel and corporate secretary; David Fairfield, feed services; and Todd Kemp, marketing and treasurer. 

Former Director of Safety and Regulatory Affairs Jess McCluer is promoted to vice-president of safety and regulatory affairs.
”Each of these individuals has contributed greatly to the success of the NGFA during their combined 67 years of service, and continue to be integral to the growth in government representation and services the association provides to meet our member companies' business needs,” said Randy Gordon, NGFA president. “Their dedication, hard work, selfless effort and specialized knowledge in their respective fields make them invaluable members of our staff team.”

Kemp, who joined the NGFA's staff in 1991 as director of legislative affairs, was promoted to vice-president of marketing in March 2012 after having served as director since 1997. He was elected corporate treasurer in 2000. Before joining NGFA's staff, he worked for the Agency for International Development as a budget analyst at the U.S. Department of Agriculture and as a legislative assistant for then-Senator Nancy Landon Kassebaum-Baker.

Fairfield was promoted to vice-president of feed services in March 2012, after having served as director since joining the staff in 2001 following a more than 20-year management career in the feed industry.

Delacruz joined NGFA's staff in 2002, and was also promoted to vice-president in March 2012.  Delacruz was an attorney with a Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.-based consulting firm providing services for Fortune 500 food industry clients on regulatory, import-export, safety and quality, and business and litigation issues before joining NGFA's staff.

McCluer joined NGFA’s staff in 2007 after serving since April 2003 as a program analyst at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) Office of Outreach Services and Alliances, where he worked to coordinate implementation of national alliances and development of compliance-assistance resources for businesses and was twice honored with the secretary of labor's Exceptional Achievement Award.