• To provide a professional atmosphere for members to network with those engaged in the business of the dairy food industry
• Support the advancement, development and dissemination of dairy technology and information.
• Promote the recruitment of future leaders and support for students and educational institutions that have interests in the dairy food industry
• Enhance the wellbeing of the dairy food industry to increase sales and consumption
The Association created the following committees to advance the goals and objectives of the Association:
a. Executive Committee
b. Convention Committee
c. Clambake Committee
d. Dairy Technology Committee
Functions held, sponsored, managed and supported by the three previous organizations will continue under the new association. These functions include the July Clambake in Syracuse, NY, the Annual Northeast Dairy Convention and Dairy Technology meetings.
Educational institutions that have a direct interest in the dairy food industry will be supported in many ways including scholarships and direct contributions.
It will be the intent of the Northeast Dairy Association to supply members with information resources such as a website, newsletters, alerts, invitations to events and meetings, outings and workshops.
All industries, companies, businesses and enterprises interested in working with and supporting the dairy industry in the Northeast are invited to participate and join the Northeast Dairy Association, Inc.
The Current Board of Directors and Executive Officers elected are:
President Kurt Platzbecker Regional Manager, Tetra-Pak, Inc.
Vice President Michael Cryan Regional Representative, Keevily Spero-Whitelaw, Inc
Treasurer Ozzie Orsillo Director of Sales Adjacent Markets, Evergreen Packaging
Secretary Ron Pietraszek Market Segment Leader-Food and Beverage, Schneider Packaging Equipment
Executive Officer Bruce Ritenburg III, Sales, Ritenburg Enterprises
Executive Vice President Bruce W. Krupke
Executive Assistant Leanne Ziemba
Bruce Alling Commercial Manager, Elopak, Inc.
Bill Elliott Sales/Johnson Truck Bodies, Northeast Great Dane
Peter Garafalo Business Analyst, Derry Management Services
Luke Jeffers Dairy Industry Manager, Rehrig Pacific Co.
Brian Kelly Sales Representative, Virginia Dare
Gloria Little Transportation Coordinator, Agri-Mark Cooperative
Richard Longo President, RAL Services, Inc.
Ryan Osterhout COO & Managing Partner, KCO Rescource Management
Howard VanBuren Senior Technical Account Manager, CHR Hansen
Tristan Zuber Dairy Processing Extension Associate, Cornell University Cooperative Extension
The Northeast Dairy Association, Inc. was formed for the dedication to the growth and advancement of the dairy food industry.
Our Association consists of over 200 member companies including international businesses as well as small, family owned companies, all of whom distribute goods and services to the dairy industry.
The members of the Northeast Dairy Association, Inc. are administered by a Board of Directors elected bi-annually from the general membership. Director meetings are held three times a year, as well as during the annual meeting, held at the convention each year. The members are governed by by-laws that provide specific direction and guidelines in compliance with association business law.
Throughout the year, NDA members take advantage of the many activities and programs sponsored by Northeast Dairy Foods Assoc., Inc giving members an opportunity to meet and socialize with sales prospects and customers from all facets of the dairy industry.