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Jill Conklin Named SNA 2010 Individual Industry Member of the Year

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Jill Conklin Named SNA 2010 Individual Industry Member of the Year

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. (June 17, 2010) – Jill Conklin, Director of Sales Development, USA for Winston Industries, was named the eighth recipient of the School Nutrition Association (SNA) Individual Industry Member of the Year Award. Conklin, who has been involved with school nutrition programs for over 9 years, was nominated by SNA Nutrition Committee Chair Julia Bauscher, SNS for her “demonstrated… dedication to the school nutrition profession” and her “special passion to support members in serving children world-wide.”

As an SNA member, Conklin has worked tirelessly on behalf of school nutrition professionals worldwide, both as an individual and in her position with Winston Industries. Conklin views herself as an educator and is very focused on the professional development of school nutrition professionals. She has made it her mission to educate “foodservice professionals about solutions to the challenges they face.” Not only has Conklin traveled across the country providing free training workshops to school nutrition professionals, she also encouraged Winston Industries to participate in the School Nutrition Foundation (SNF) scholarship program. Through her leadership, Winston now provides $50,000 in professional growth scholarships to SNA members to further their career development, in addition to their ongoing support of the Winston Equipment Award Grant Program.

Jill Conklin

Jill Conklin
SNA 2010 Industry Member of the Year

Conklin has focused her efforts beyond domestic school nutrition efforts. An active supporter of the Global Child Nutrition Foundation (GCNF), SNA’s international arm, she is working to provide all children access to nutritious food. Conklin has served as a delegate to GCNF’s flagship program, the Global Child Nutrition Forum, as well as served as a volunteer GNCF Ambassador. With her recommendation, Winston Industries has sponsored an international policy scholar to attend SNA’s annual Legislative Action Conference.

Conklin has held numerous leadership positions within SNA and GCNF, including:

  • Member, Industry Advisory Board, 2008-11
  • Co-Chair, Child Nutrition Industry Conference Steering Committee, 2010-2011
  • Member, GCNF Fundraising Committee, 2008-2009
  • GCNF Industry Ambassador, 2009-2010
  • Trainer for SNF HACCP Seminars, 2006-2007

In her nomination letter, Bauscher wrote that Conklin “is one of the most energetic and enthusiastic industry members I know.” She noted that Conklin is “a catalyst and leader” who “immediately asks, ‘What can I do to help?’” Conklin has always kept the concerns and needs of school nutrition professionals and the children they serve foremost.

The 2010 Individual Industry Member of the Year Award will be presented to Jill Conklin during SNA’s 64th Annual National Conference in Dallas, Texas on Tuesday, July 13, 2010. Conklin, along with the 2010 SNA Outstanding Director of the Year, will also be honored at the Global Child Nutrition Foundation’s “A Possible Dream Gala” in March 2011 in Washington, DC.

The School Nutrition Association (SNA), www.schoolnutrition.org, is a national, non-profit professional organization representing more than 53,000 members who provide high-quality, low-cost meals to students across the country. The Association and its members are dedicated to feeding children safe and nutritious meals. Founded in 1946, SNA is the only association devoted exclusively to protecting and enhancing children’s health and well being through school meals and sound nutrition education.

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