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  • John (Jack) R. Block, Food Marketing Institute (FMI) executive vice president and president of FMI’s Wholesale Division, has been named the recipient of the 2005 Herbert Hoover Award, established in 1961 to recognize personal and professional excellence in the industry.

    The award was presented at the FMI Annual Business Conference currently being held in Dallas, Texas.

    According to FMI, “Block was honored for a lifetime of industry leadership, including his stewardship of a nationally recognized family farm in Illinois and service as the state’s director of agriculture and later the nation’s U.S. secretary of agriculture.”

  • The Grocery Manufacturers of America announced that it has hired Naomi S. Greer to be the organization’s director of communications, reporting to GMA vice president of communications Richard Martin.

    Prior to joining GMA, she was director of communications at the American Gaming Association, the trade association representing the $27 billion commercial casino industry.

KC's View:
Memo to Ms. Greer. If Morgan Spurlock calls, don’t answer the phone.