July 1—Longtime ANFP President and CEO Bill St. John has announced that he will be retiring May 31, 2013. His announcement to members came at the Annual Meeting of the ANFP in San Diego.
St. John has served as chief executive for the association (formerly DMA) since 1986. FSD recently named St. John as one of its 20 Most Influential people in the industry.
During his tenure at the head of the organization St. John has directed a number of programs and services for members. In 2002, St. John formed Healthcare Caterers International, a global alliance of membership associations representing caterers, hospitality professionals and foodservice managers in healthcare to benefit the members of each participating association. He also took the lead when ANFP formed the Nutrition & Foodservice Education Foundation, which provides scholarship funding to students entering the field of nutrition and foodservice and formembers attending educational events. Most recently, St. John was instrumental in leading the initiative to change the organization’s name from Dietary Managers Association to the Association of Nutrition & Foodservice Professionals, to more accurately describe the job responsibilities of its members.
The ANFP Board of Directors has appointed a search committee to find a successor for St. John.