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John Dumais Receives N.G.A. Association Leadership Award

John Dumais, president and CEO of the New Hampshire Grocers Association (NHGA), has been presented the National Grocers Association (N.G.A.) Association Leadership Award for his dedication and continued service as a true community focused state association executive.

John Dumais
John Dumais

A cornerstone of the industry for 40 years, Dumais has demonstrated unflagging leadership. He has, since 1974, been the president and CEO of the NHGA, which represents trade organizations statewide for the food industry. Its membership consists of more than 800 members.

“N.G.A. is proud to recognize John for his outstanding leadership and commitment to the grocery industry, the state of New Hampshire and the many charitable and community organizations he has served. This award is a real tribute to the high regard in which he is held by his members and officials throughout the state,” said Tom Wenning, EVP and general counsel of the N.G.A., who presented the award at the NHGA Government Day.

Dumais also has served many other food industry organizations throughout the years. He is a past board member and current member of the N.G.A., the national trade association representing the retail and wholesale grocers of the independent sector of the food distribution industry. He is a past chairman and current member of the Asparagus Club, which invests in the future of the industry by providing deserving young students interested in pursuing a career in the grocery industry scholarship opportunities. Dumais served as past chairman and current member of the Food Industry Association Executives, the international trade organization for state food executives. He also is a former board member and current member of the Food Marketing Institute, an international organization representing the supermarket industry.

In addition, Dumais has lent his considerable talents and resources to charitable organizations over the years. In his home state of New Hampshire, he served as past chairman of the New Hampshire Food Bank, which finds resources to feed the needy through agencies statewide. Dumais also is chairman of New Hampshire the Beautiful, an organization devoted to litter pick-up, waste reduction, recycling and environmental education. As a memorial to his first wife, Dumais serves as a donor and advisor of the Mary M. Dumais Memorial Fund, a permanent endowment fund that contributes to nonprofit organizations assisting women facing challenges in the workforce.

Throughout his long and distinguished career, Dumais has received numerous accolades for his dedication to the industry, including the New Hampshire Catholic Charities Board of Trustees Recognition in 2009, the Grocery Manufacturer’s Association Excellence in Government Affairs Award in 2004; The Asparagus Club President’s Award in 2003; the NE Society of Association Executives “We are Standing on your Shoulders Award” in 2003; and the N.G.A. Spirit of America Award in 1994.


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