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The NCA Next Generation 

Meet the future leaders of the coffee industry


Join the NCA Next Gen Coffee Professional Group 

The Next Generation Council is a new initiative from the NCA to support talented young professionals who are passionate about the coffee industry. 

Whether you want to change your career or change the world, we encourage you to get involved. This is a unique opportunity to build your network, gain real-world leadership experience, and give back to the community. (And you never know where the opportunity could lead.)

For more information, please contact Matthew Cariani at mcariani@ncausa.org

About Next Gen


The group will be structured in two levels: leadership (the Next Gen Council) and membership. 

General membership is open to young professionals between the ages of 21-39 who are working or interning in the coffee industry.

Registration is accepted on a rolling basis. Those interested in being a member of the General Membership should submit this form, or contact Matthew Cariani at mcariani@ncausa.org.

The Next Gen Council

You can help shape the future of the NCA - and the coffee industry.

Members of the Next Gen Council will establish themselves as industry leaders through unique, hands-on experience and networking opportunities with NCA Board members and senior executives.

Next Gen Leadership will be responsible for setting the strategic direction of the group and working with the NCA Board of Directors. Seve positions are available: three officers (Past-Chair, Chair, Vice-Chair) and four council members. Leadership roles are determined by the NCA External Member Relations (EMR) Committee.

Non-officer council members must chair or co-chair one of the Next Gen Council committees.

NCA Next Gen Council members must be employed by NCA member organizations. 


Chair
Brandon Jackson
Vice President in Commodities & Logistics, Brown Brothers Harriman

Brandon Jackson is a Vice President in the Commodities & Logistics group at Brown Brothers Harriman. In this role, he manages a team of lenders responsible for structuring and managing senior secured revolving credit facilities for brokers/traders/distributors of metal, energy, and agricultural commodities. His responsibilities include relationship management, deal structuring, underwriting, and credit analysis.

Brandon joined BBH in 2008 in its Investor Services division. After being admitted into the firm’s Banking and Finance Training Program, he joined the Commodities & Logistics group. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Green Coffee Association. Brandon graduated cum laude from Villanova University in 2008 with a B.S. in business administration, triple majoring in finance, marketing and international business.

 

GavinaPast Chair
Frank Gaviña, Jr.
Green Coffee Buyer, F. Gavina and Sons, Inc.

Frank Gaviña, Jr., is a Green Coffee Buyer at F. Gavina and Sons, Inc., a family-owned company for four generations. He attended University of Southern California and Loyola Law School, Loyola Marymount University. Frank also serves on the Green Coffee Association Board of Directors, and is a Commissioner of the Vernon Housing Commission in California. He currently lives in the greater Los Angeles area.

 

OlsenVice Chair
Zach Olsen
Regional Account Manager, BUNN-O-Matic Corporation

With over 10 years of experience in the coffee industry, Zach has a strong passion for the business. He started his foodservice career 15 years ago as a fine dining server at a country club in East Lansing, MI.

Those early experiences in turn, helped provide an added perspective for this industry . Zach holds a Bachelors of Science in Food Industry Management from Michigan State University where he continues his involvement as a volunteer, participating in several speaking engagements throughout the year. From 2007-2015 he worked in various professional sales roles for a regional coffee roaster, spending half of those years living in Chicago. In January 2015 he started working as a Regional Account Manager for BUNN and moved back to his native state of Michigan.

In his free time he enjoys hiking with his wife, Jessica, golfing, and playing tennis with friends. He is proud to be involved with the NCA and thankful for any opportunity to make a positive impact through an industry that has provided for him and his family.

 

Shelby Westfeldt MillsShelby Westfeldt Mills
President and Coffee Trader, Westfeldt Brothers Inc.

Shelby Westfeldt Mills, began her career at Westfeldt Brothers Inc. in 2007 becoming the 6th generation to work for the family company. Shelby is the president of the New Orleans, Louisiana-based green coffee importer.

She started with WBI eleven years ago as a futures trader, and worked her way to Coffee Trader and Vice President of the company before assuming her current position in 2016. Prior to joining Westfeldt Bros, she was a soft commodities futures and options execution service clerk (New York Board of Trade) for East Coast Options Services in New York focusing in Coffee, Cocoa and Sugar.

During her career in coffee, Shelby has served as President of the Southern Coffee Association, The Pacific Coast Coffee Association and the Green Coffee Association of New Orleans as well as being a Board Member of the World Trade Center of New Orleans.

Shelby attended her first NCA convention as a little girl with her father and continued to do so throughout her career. She is honored to be a part of the Next Gen Council and enthusiastic to help pioneer the future of such an incredible organization. She resides in New Orleans with her husband John and daughters Sunny and Malin.

 

Amber GrayAmber Gray
Manager of Green Coffee Operations and Distribution, Starbucks Coffee Company

Amber Gray is the manager of green coffee operations and distribution for Starbucks Coffee Company. She leads a growing network of green coffee warehouses, supporting operations for the US and international markets. Amber has been in the coffee industry for 5 years; her journey beginning at Atlas Coffee Importers where she provided logistics services for specialty roasters across the US. Amber has an analytical background, stemming back 18 years when she worked for a post payment auditing firm in Arkansas and subsequently a food distribution company planning load distribution throughout the US.

Her path took an alternative course in 2011 when she embarked upon a culinary journey, studying baking and pastry arts at the Oregon Culinary Institute in Portland.

Working in coffee has been the perfect combination of Amber’s strategic and analytical abilities paired with her creative interest and curiosity in food and beverage. In her free time, she enjoys running in the Pacific Northwest, exploring craft breweries and spending time with her fur balls, Barley and Hudson.

  

JCMJanet Colley Morse
Vice President, The Dupuy Group

Janet Colley Morse represents the 4th generation of The Dupuy Group, which was founded by John Dupuy in 1936. Since the early years as a New Orleans coffee warehouse, Dupuy has expanded to 4 additional port cities including Miami, Houston, Jacksonville, FL, and Charleston, SC. With coffee still serving as the main commodity handled by Dupuy, the company has broadened its scope to include a variety of value added services including cleaning, upgrading, and blending.

Janet serves as Vice President and is one of two remaining family members, the other of which being her father, Allan Colley, who serves as President of the organization. She serves on the Logistics Committee of the Green Coffee Association, is a past President of the Southern Coffee Association, and is currently President of theGreen Coffee Association of New Orleans.

 

MasucciJoseph Masucci
Green Coffee Trader, COEX

Joseph Masucci has served as a Green Coffee Trader in Miami, FL based COEX Coffee International, Inc. since his return to the company in 2014. Originally from Staten Island, New York, Joe gained his early experience in the coffee industry with his family business RPM Warehouse, Inc. Inspired by the opportunities that this fast growing business has to offer, he began gaining insight into the fundamentals of trading as an intern at COEX in 2010. He eventually found his first opportunity to join the sales and trading team with Mitsui Foods, Inc., where he was a key member of their sales and quality control teams. During his time at Mitsui, Joe completed his certifications and he is now one of the few members of the industry to hold both a Certified Q and ICE Exchange Grader licenses.

Joseph has been attending NCA events since the beginning of his career and was a member of the task force which helped establish the Next Generation Council. Joe attended Wagner college, and now lives in Fort Lauderdale, FL with his wife Katherine, son Joseph and they are expecting a baby girl in a few months. Joseph enjoys volunteering in his community, which includes coaching his son’s basketball, baseball and soccer teams.

 



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