Executive Compensation at the National Confectioners Association
The National Confectioners Association (NCA) is tax-exempt, non-profit trade association (501 (c) 6) that promotes chocolate, candy, gum, and mints along with the companies that make these treats. Based in Washington, DC, the NCA focuses on 7 key areas:
- Public Policy and Government Affairs
- Scientific and Regulatory Affairs
- Industry Affairs and the Sweets & Snacks Expo
- International Business Development
- Meetings and Membership
- Public Affairs and Communications
- Administration and Finance
A small trade association by numbers: the NCA raises about $20 million annually (primarily from the expo, membership dues, programs, trade shows, and conferences), spends about $18 million (primarily on compensation for employees and conferences, conventions, and meetings), and has $9 million in net assets. And, yet the NCA paid out $1,244,000 to the President and CEO, John H Downs, Jr. in 2018. In addition, a $75,000 payment was made to his retirement plan. And, finally, NCA paid for first class travel for Mr. Downs along with companion travel.
32 employees received $6 million in compensation which equates to an average compensation of $188,000. However, only 13 employees received more than $100,000 in compensation with the 8 most highly compensated listed below:
- $1,244,112: John H Downs Jr, President and CEO
- $ 327,870: Elise Fennig, Chief of Staff
- $ 306,144: Liz Clark, VP, Government Affairs
- $ 292,256: Chris Gindlesperger, VP, Public Affairs and Communications
- $ 275,733: Larry Wilson, VP, Industry Affairs
- $ 237,080: Susan Whiteside, VP, Public Relations
- $ 231,757: Libby Taylor, VP, Meetings and Membership
- $ 226,829: Tracy Thompson, VP, Finance
5 of the 8 most highly compensated employees are female while 3 are male.
15 independent contractors received more than $100,000 in compensation with the five highest listed below:
- $1,158,695: GMMB, of Washington, DC for public relations
- $ 410,965: Hamilton Place Strategies, of Washington, DC for public affairs
- $ 345,791: Propress, of Cleveland, OH for publishing
- $ 310,000: Convexx, of Las Vegas, NV for trade show management
- $ 299,533: Olson Frank and Weeda, of Washington, DC for legal/lobbying
To read the IRS Form 990 (2018), click here.
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