Diana Harvey Named IDFA Senior Director, Meetings and Educational Services
(Washington, D.C. — June 16, 2008) The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) has named Diana Harvey to the position of senior director of meetings and educational services. In this role, Harvey will oversee all aspects of event planning for the association, including the annual Dairy Forum and a variety of technical conferences, as well as smaller training sessions, webinars and industry publications.
With more than 16 years of event planning experience, Harvey has worked for national associations, government contractors and meeting planning companies. Most recently she served as director of meetings and special events for the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America, a national substance-abuse prevention organization in Alexandria, Va. Before that, Harvey was director of meetings and conventions for the National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association. She also served as a director in the meeting planning division for Woodward Communications.
Fluent in Spanish, Harvey worked in Madrid for two years as a meeting planner for Grupo Pacifico, a conference organization and management firm.
"We're delighted to have Diana join the IDFA staff," said Connie Tipton, IDFA president and CEO. "With her years of experience and an abundance of great new ideas, Diana certainly will help IDFA to continue its mission of offering premier meetings, events and publications for the dairy industry."
A graduate of Boston University, Harvey earned a B.A. degree in journalism and an Events Management Certificate from George Washington University. She also is a Certified Meeting Professional, a designation awarded to those who have achieved the meeting industry's highest standard of professionalism.
Harvey lives with her husband, Jim, in Washington, D.C.
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The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA), Washington, D.C., represents the nation's dairy manufacturing and marketing industries and their suppliers, with a membership of 530 companies representing a $100-billion a year industry. IDFA is composed of three constituent organizations: the Milk Industry Foundation (MIF), the National Cheese Institute (NCI), and the International Ice Cream Association (IICA). IDFA's 220 dairy processing members run more than 600 plant operations, and range from large multi-national organizations to single-plant companies. Together they represent more than 85% of the milk, cultured products, cheese and frozen desserts produced and marketed in the United States. IDFA can be found online at www.idfa.org