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NPA announces two new hires: director of government affairs and communications coordinator

BY Michael Johnsen

WASHINGTON — The Natural Products Association on Monday announced the hire of Aimee Nichols as director of government affairs and Melinda Price as communications coordinator. 
 
“We are thrilled to welcome Aimee and Melinda as the newest members of our talented staff here in Washington, D.C.,” stated Daniel Fabricant, NPA CEO. “We are looking forward to leveraging their extensive background in government relations and communications to advance the interests of NPA while providing top-notch service to our member companies. I’m focused on building a team of experts who perform at the highest-level possible, and these additions to our staff help to solidify NPA as the premier association representing the natural products industry.” 
 
Nichols comes to NPA from the Pontifical North American College, with a diverse background in political fundraising and advocacy representation. Throughout her career in government affairs, she has promoted a wide range of legislative issues to members of Congress and the executive branch.  She is also a seasoned fundraiser, previously serving as account manager for Keelen Communications, a political fundraising firm representing more than 60 candidates for Congress.
 
In her new role as director of government relations at NPA, Nichols will be responsible for increasing the presence of NPA’s Political Action Committee among its core supporters and representing the interests of the association in front of Congress and the federal government.
 
Prior to joining NPA, Price served as the community outreach and marketing coordinator for Autism Community Network, where she played an active role in advancing the mission of the nonprofit through the development of social media strategy, traditional media relations, direct email marketing and website content management.
 
In her new role as communications coordinator, Price will provide general communications support for NPA and its public relations efforts, including expanding NPA’s mobile and social outreach to further engage younger members.
 
 
 
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NBTY takes home two Golden Bridge Awards

BY Michael Johnsen

RONKONKOMA, N.Y. — NBTY on Monday announced that the supplement manufacturer had received two Gold level national awards at a ceremony hosted by the Golden Bridge Awards. NBTY took home the gold award for Corporate Social Responsibility Program of the Year and Employee Communications Campaign of the Year.
 
NBTY’s award for Corporate Social Responsibility Program of the Year was in acknowledgment of more than $7 million in donations of vitamins and supplements from brands such as Nature’s Bounty and Sundown Naturals, nutrition bars on behalf of brands like MET-Rx and Pure Protein, and monetary contributions from NBTY’s charitable organization, NBTY Helping Hands. Donations went to more than 30 charitable organizations both within and outside the U.S.
 
The Gold Award for Employee Communications Campaign of the Year was for the company’s Global Walk to Wellness, a virtual “walk around the world. Involving thousands of its global Associates, the goal of the campaign was to, as one team, collectively walk enough steps to circle the world, going office to office, and encourage camaraderie and fitness. In total, almost 3,000 team members collectively covered 136,241 miles.
 
“Our Associates play such a large and important role in our company initiatives, from our global corporate giving to our team-focused activities that build culture,” stated Karla Packer, SVP Human Resources. “Being awarded two gold-level awards for actions that both positively impact our corporate culture and improve the health and wellness of others is an honor and a validation of our wellness mission.”
 
The annual Golden Bridge Awards program encompasses the world’s best in organizational performance, innovations, products and services, executives and management teams, women in business and the professions, innovations, case studies, product management, public relations and marketing campaigns, and customer satisfaction programs from every major industry in the world. More than 40 judges from a broad spectrum of industry voices from around the world participated and their average scores determined the 2014 Golden Bridge Business Awards winners.
 
 
 
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Designer Anabolic Steroid Control Act of 2014 passes House, supported by supplement industry

BY Michael Johnsen

WASHINGTON — The Council for Responsible Nutrition on Monday praised the U.S. House of Representatives for its passage of the Designer Anabolic Steroid Control Act of 2014 (H.R. 4771), introduced by Reps. Joe Pitts, R-Pa., and Frank Pallone, D-N.J.
 
H.R. 4771, the companion bill to S. 2012 that was introduced in the Senate earlier this year, would give the Drug Enforcement Administration additional authority to identify and quickly respond when new designer anabolic steroids are falsely marketed as dietary supplements. CRN has been highly engaged in bipartisan discussions with legislators in both the House of Representatives and the Senate, emphasizing the importance of DASCA to consumers and responsible industry alike. 
 
“CRN thanks Reps. Pitts and Pallone for their leadership in promoting DASCA among their House colleagues and congratulates the House of Representatives on passage of this important bill,” stated Mike Greene, VP government relations, CRN. “If DASCA is passed by Congress and signed into law by the president, DEA’s enhanced authority would help protect consumers from illegal products that could present safety concerns and will give them greater confidence that the products brought to market and sold as dietary supplements are legal. We urge the Senate to follow suit and expedite DASCA’s enactment.”
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