The Iowa Grocery Industry Association (IGIA), a state trade association that represents the food industry including chain and independent supermarkets, convenience stores, mass merchandisers, wholesalers, brokers, manufacturers and distributors, has added an events and education manager to its staff.
While the position is new, the person filling it is no stranger to the association. Jordan Williams, who previously worked at the association from November 2010-February 2012, began her new role as events and education manager on Monday.
Her duties include coordinating the organization’s events such as its annual convention, Grocers Care Day at the State Capitol, the Iowa Best Bagger Contest at the Iowa State Fair and IGIA’s Hall of Fame Dinner. In this new position, Williams also is charged with helping to plan and develop a continuing education program for IGIA’s members.
“We are excited to have Jordan back at the IGIA,” says IGIA President Michelle Hurd. “Jordan’s previous experience at the association will allow her to hit the ground running. She understands our mission and our membership and has a proven track record of achievement that will greatly enhance our ability to serve our members.”
Williams returns to the IGIA from the National Pork Board, where she helped to develop and implement an educational, awareness-building program for the organization’s state affiliates and pork producers across the country. She also has worked for Vermeer Corp. in Pella, Iowa, taking a leadership role in planning many of the company’s events including its annual Spring Fling, a popular 5K race and numerous other wellness events.
“It is a pleasure to once again serve the IGIA, this time in the capacity of events and education manager,” says Williams. “I hope to utilize my prior association experience, and that which I have acquired over the past year, to contribute to the organization’s success. I am excited to represent IGIA and for the new opportunities that lie ahead.”
Williams earned her bachelor’s degree in English from Central College in Pella.
She lives in Windsor Heights and enjoys golfing, reading, spending time with friends and family and long walks with her furry companion, Murray, the rat terrier.