More Than 1500 In Attendance
Special Guest: Baseball Superstar Robinson Canó
José Luis Almonte is Awarded “Member of the Year”
Krasdale named “Company of the Year”
NEW YORK, NY (November 23, 2013)—Attended by luminaries from the food industry, its members, and important representatives of local and international business and political fields, the National Supermarket Association’s (NSA) gala was recently held at the renowned Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York. WABC-TV News Anchor David Novarro and Telemundo 47 Entertainment Anchor Odalys Molina served as Masters of Ceremonies for the evening.
During an emotional speech, the president of the NSA David Corona said “As I look back and reflect on many of the wonderful accomplishments that were reached during my tenure as president, I think it could be well defined by three simple words: Respect, Commitment and Vision. Those three basic words have been the fundamental pillars that have taken the NSA to the next level of economic and political influence where we are today.”
Major League Baseball superstar Robinson Canó thanked both the NSA for the privilege of attending the event, and Pepsi-Cola for their commitment to the Dominican community. He also said: “More than pride, it is a pleasure to be among this group of Dominican leaders and see how we are increasing in numbers each day.”
The keynote speaker for the evening was the Secretary of State and Executive Director for the Export and Investment Center of the Dominican Republic Dr. Jean Alain Rodriguez, who represented the President of the Republic, the honorable Danilo Medina. Dr. Rodriguez spoke about the importance of supermarkets that are members of the NSA as being key to the success of Dominican food exports to the United States.
The NSA presented Jose Luis Almonte with the “Member of the Year” award, and Krasdale with the “Company of the Year” award. La Cena Fine Foods, who celebrated its 50th Anniversary, was recognized for this significant milestone, and La Mega 97.9FM for its number one position in the New York market ratings. MillerCoors received an award for its outstanding support to the NSA.
In her message to the membership, the executive director of the NSA Zulema Wiscovitch highlighted the importance of keeping a healthy retail environment for the independent supermarkets and for its vendors. She stressed that this could only have been achieved by advocating against laws that negatively impact the industry, keeping the members well informed, providing seminars and workshops on compliance and other critical issues, and ultimately maintaining a solid and cohesive group.