At its recent annual joint meeting, the American Bakers Association and the Allied Trades of the Baking Industry Boards of Directors reviewed policy priorities and discussed industry challenges and developing solutions to issues critical to the industry.
Highlights of the meeting included a legislative preview by Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX-32) and a presentation by Ambassador Karen Hughes. Rep. Sessions gave a preview of the 2014 elections, sharing his views on controlling health care costs, releasing businesses from onerous regulatory burdens and the House of Representatives’ plan to spur sustainable economic growth in the 114th Congress.
Former counselor to President George W. Bush and one of the world’s foremost communication strategists, Ambassador Karen Hughes joined the group during their dinner event where she provided her insights on the fundamentals of leadership developed from her experiences with President Bush and leaders around the world.
“This is a great meeting each year where the country’s top baking and supply company leaders come together in cause and purpose to work on common priorities and develop solutions to industry challenges,” said ABA President & CEO Robb MacKie. “We were also honored to have two very accomplished leaders address our joint meeting. Their insights into the future landscape for business and politics, and how we maneuver that environment, was invaluable,” he added.
“The ABA-ATBI Joint meeting is a great opportunity for our members to understand the issues bakers face every day. This allows us to offer better solutions and to assist with those challenges on a more intimate and open level.” said ATBI First Vice President Tom McCurry, Cain Food Industries.