Washington, D.C. – Mike Reidy, senior vice president – corporate affairs of Leprino Foods Company and outgoing chairman of the International Dairy Foods Association, received a standing ovation when he accepted the inaugural IDFA Legends in Leadership Award during the association’s annual Dairy Forum this week in Orlando, Florida. IDFA created the award to honor individuals who provide outstanding service to IDFA and the dairy industry throughout their careers.
Reidy has been a leader in the cheese industry since 1994 when he joined Leprino Foods Company in Denver, Colorado, as senior vice president and chief financial officer. He has been an active participant in IDFA since 2000, making several key contributions along the way.
“Mike served as our chairman for three years and has successfully driven improvements in IDFA’s overall administrative processes, including compensation plans, financial management and strategic planning,” said Michael Dykes, D.V.M., president and CEO of IDFA. “He has also made significant contributions to the delivery of IDFA’s message in Washington, D.C., particularly among key congressional and administration leaders.”
Dykes added, “For his service to our industry and to IDFA, we are proud to present Mike Reidy with the very first Legends in Leadership Award.”
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The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA), Washington, D.C., represents the nation’s dairy manufacturing and marketing industry, which supports nearly 3 million jobs that generate more than $161 billion in wages and has an overall economic impact of more than $628 billion. IDFA members range from multinational organizations to single-plant companies. Together they represent approximately 90 percent of the milk, cultured products, cheese, ice cream and frozen desserts produced and marketed in the United States and sold throughout the world. The diverse membership includes numerous food retailers, suppliers, cooperatives and companies that offer a wide variety of nutritional dairy products and dairy-derived ingredients. Visit IDFA at www.idfa.org.