October 18, 2018
Building the IDFA of the Future
I’m sharing some exciting news that I believe will be the foundation for a new phase of evolution and growth for IDFA. This foundation will allow IDFA to enhance legislative, regulatory and communication efforts on your behalf and increase the return on investment that you and your company receive through membership.
In a show of overwhelming support, the IDFA boards of directors and member representatives voted this month to consolidate the governance structure of the current constituent boards – Milk Industry Foundation, National Cheese Institute and International Ice Cream Association – under one central organization, IDFA. Under this new structure, IDFA will be more nimble, inclusive and effective in representing the interests of all segments of the dairy processing industry. It will take effect Jan. 1, 2019.
The new leadership structure will have an IDFA Executive Council with 15-25 members, focused on the business and operations of the association. It also will feature five Industry Segment Boards that will drive policy and strategy - representing fluid milk, ice cream, cheese, yogurt and cultured products, and dairy-derived ingredients, with the option to add boards as the industry continues to evolve and product categories increase. IDFA will operate under one set of bylaws and financial reporting requirements, as well as one budget.
Reasons for the Change
- Pursuing priorities as one advocacy organization will enhance the effectiveness of our voice in Washington.
- Establishing Industry Segment Boards will promote continued member engagement and allow flexibility for new members and product categories in the future.
- Creating a universal structure with room for growth will allow IDFA to support the changing needs of your company and the dairy foods industry overall.
- Simplifying our current governance will allow IDFA to increase operational efficiency.
I’d like to thank each of our board members and all the member representatives who voted to support this change which will position IDFA for continued growth.
How It Will Work
- The IDFA Executive Council will conduct the official business of the association and carry out its fiduciary responsibilities.
- The Industry Segment Boards will maintain the prioritizing and planning functions of the current constituent boards, providing strategic vision, policy direction and leadership on segment-specific issues. Each of these boards will conduct business without the administrative process required of a formal board and will coordinate with the IDFA Executive Council to establish its own operating principles.
- Dairy processor members and Gold Business Partners will be eligible for seats on the IDFA Executive Council and Industry Segment Boards.
- IDFA will continue to offer a variety of opportunities for member participation. Your expertise, experience and engagement remain vitally important to our efforts.
An interim Nomination and Governance Committee will lead the process for selecting the IDFA Executive Council members and the chairs and vice chairs of the Industry Segment Boards. The committee will select the new leaders for the Executive Council by the end of this year, so they be in place and prepared to lead starting Jan. 1.
We’ll have more details for you in the months ahead, especially in time for Dairy Forum, Jan. 20-23 in Orlando. I look forward to seeing you there and sharing more about our plans for future growth.
If you have questions about your membership or participation with IDFA, please contact Tom Wojno, IDFA senior vice president of innovation and member advancement, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-220-3510.
This is truly an exciting time at IDFA and I am so grateful for your membership, your engagement and your continued support of the dairy industry!
MICHAEL DYKES, D.V.M.
President and CEO, IDFA