The Massachusetts Food Association (MFA) honored JOH’s Chairman and CEO Harry “Chip” O’Hare last weekend as its 2012 Person of the Year with the presentation of the Milton W. Segel Distinguished Service Award. O’Hare’s selection was based on his decades of service to the MFA and the CPG industry.
O’Hare joined the MFA Board of Directors in 1988 and has been a member of the association’s executive committee since 1995. He first served on the association’s convention committee in 1992 and served as one of the committee’s chairmen from 1998-2008. O’Hare has brought an unmatched level of commitment, dedication and energy to the Mass Food’s annual conference, according to the MFA.
In addition, O’Hare is recognized as a true visionary in the ever-changing, chaotic world of the “food business.” Over the past 25 years he has strategically guided JOH, taking it from a one-office/15-employee operation to eight offices with more than 500 JOH associates covering the entire East Coast. And, as O’Hare dramatically grew JOH, he never lost sight of his core values: ethics, passion and the importance of family.
“All of us at JOH are thrilled and honored that Chip has been recognized for his incredible achievements,” said John Saidnawey, president and COO. “Mr. O’Hare would be very proud of Chip and his many contributions to the community.”
JOH was founded in 1956 by Harry O’Hare Sr. and is now one of the strongest regional food brokers in the U.S., representing more than 400 clients.