ALBANY, N.Y. — Jim Rogers, the longtime president and chief executive officer of the Food Industry Alliance of New York State, is retiring, the association said Friday.

Rogers, who has headed the FIA for 26 years, is the longest serving staff chief of the organization in its 113-year history.


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Rogers spent all of his professional life working for trade associations on public policy issues at both the federal and state levels. Previous employers include the Ohio Council of Retail Merchants, the Food Marketing Institute and the National Restaurant Association.

Consistent with his public affairs orientation, soon after joining the organization in the summer of 1987, Rogers moved its headquarters from Westchester County to Albany to establish a closer presence to the hub of New York State government.

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FIA Chairman Mitch Klein, vice president of retail services & government relations for Krasdale Foods, noted that Rogers initially was hired to bolster the organization’s and industry’s impact on Empire State lawmakers and regulators — a mission that remains FIA’s major priority today.

Klein has appointed an eight-member selection committee to seek a new president and CEO for the association.

 

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