Following a 10-week search, the Food Industry Alliance (FIA) of New York State selected Jay Peltz, former supermarket owner and counsel to state and local government, to succeed retiring Patricia Brodhagen as VP of public affairs.
In her 26-year career with FIA, Brodhagen represented the grocery industry before New York City government and the counties of Nassau, Suffolk and Westchester. Peltz will assume these same responsibilities.
According to FIA President and CEO Jim Rogers, “Pat gave grocers operating in New York State exemplary service and tireless effort in the nation’s most challenging governmental region for business. Her success within the public affairs arena is legend among industry operatives.”
Rogers added, “While Pat leaves big shoes to fill, FIA and the grocers of New York State are extremely fortunate to have found the individual to fill those shoes—Jay Peltz. Jay brings to FIA the rare combination of an experienced and knowledgeable supermarket operator coupled with a proven record as counsel to state and local governments.”
With Peltz joining FIA on May 16 and Brodhagen scheduled to retire June 30, Rogers explained that a six-week overlap will allow for an orderly transition.
Besides his background as a supermarket owner/operator in Peekskill, N.Y., Peltz served as associate general counsel for the Lower Manhattan Development Corp., counsel and legislative director in the New York State Legislature, and senior assistant corporate counsel for the City of White Plains.
Peltz received his bachelor of arts degree with honors from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his Juris Doctorate from the Fordham University School of Law. Peltz and his wife Brynn have three children.
The FIA of New York State is the only statewide trade association representing the interests of New York State’s food retailers and wholesalers. FIA’s 800 corporate members include the full scope of food distribution—ranging from large supermarket chains to independent grocers, convenience stores, food co-ops and wholesalers as well as grocery manufacturers and suppliers to the industry.