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John Boyle honored with 2024 NCA Distinguished Leadership Award

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NEW YORK| FEBRUARY 27, 2024 - The National Coffee Association (NCA) is honored to award John Boyle the 2024 NCA Distinguished Leadership Award, sponsored by the Eight O'Clock Coffee Company, in recognition of his many contributions and distinguished career spanning more than 35 years in the coffee industry.

Mr. Boyle’s coffee journey began after graduating from the University of South Carolina, taking him into leadership roles at coffee companies including Nestlé USA, Tri Valley Growers, Sara Lee, and most recently Massimo Zanetti Beverage USA, where he served as President and CEO. He served on the NCA Board of Directors for more than a decade, including as Board Vice Chair 2010-2012 and Chair  2012-2014.

Mr. Boyle was particularly passionate about the NCA Convention Day of Service, to provide an important opportunity for industry professionals to join together in service to local communities. Additional leadership accomplishments during Mr. Boyle’s Board tenure include the first Coffee Economic Impact Report (2015), the May 2017 Capitol Hill Fly In, and successful campaigns to promote coffee’s contributions to positive health outcomes.

NCA President and CEO William “Bill” Murray commented:

“Over his 35-year career in coffee, John has exemplified leadership, professionalism, integrity, and generosity. His contributions have made an indelible mark on the National Coffee Association and the coffee industry. Recognizing John with this award represents our gratitude for this legacy.”

Mr. Boyle added:

“Working in the coffee industry has been a tremendous privilege, and it is an honor to mark my retirement with this recognition from NCA and my greatly-respected peers and colleagues. It has been a pleasure to see coffee grow and evolve over the years, and I can’t wait to see what it will achieve next.”

NCA will present the 2024 Distinguished Leadership Award on March 8 during its Convention in Nashville, Tennessee. Register for the convention here. 

For further information, contact media@ncausa.org.


About the National Coffee Association Distinguished Leadership Award: The National Coffee Association Distinguished Leadership Award is given to an individual who has demonstrated extraordinary leadership, service, advocacy, and engagement to advance both the National Coffee Association and the coffee industry. The recipient of this special honor has demonstrated exemplary leadership, service, and commitment to the NCA and the coffee industry by promoting and advancing NCA’s mission; contributing to the advancement of the coffee industry; and going above and beyond what one may usually undertake. The award is for continuous and sustained leadership, service, and contribution, rather than for a single act, no matter how monumental.

About the National Coffee Association: The National Coffee Association (NCA) USA, Inc. is the leading trade association serving the U.S. coffee industry through education, advocacy, and connection. NCA members represent an estimated 90% of U.S. coffee commerce with small, medium, and large companies, including growers, importers, exporters, traders, brokers, freight forwarders, roasters, manufacturers, retailers, and allied companies.

Special Thanks to
Eight O'Clock Coffee Company


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Sponsor of the 2024 NCA Individual Recognition Awards