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Tony Jacobs recognized


2018-04-06

Tony Jacobs, president and general manager of global confections for Bazooka Candy Brands, a division of The Topps Co., was honored with the National Confectioners Association’s Advocate of the Year Award last week in Miami, Fla. The award celebrates a member of the chocolate and candy industry who has demonstrated unparalleled commitment and leadership in advocacy.

“Tony understands policy, politics and the importance of having strong relationships with our elected leaders,” commented John Downs, NCA president and CEO. “His efforts leading our CandyPAC have resulted in it being one of the largest among all trade associations. Tony is a true champion when it comes to advocating on behalf of the industry and we are thrilled to honor him as Advocate of the Year.”

As the current chair of the association’s political action committee, Jacobs has led an industry-wide effort in building the stature and reputation of the PAC, finding new and creative ways to achieve success. In addition to his work with the CandyPAC, Jacobs is a frequent Washington Forum participant and has attended NCA’s Pennsylvania Advocacy Day, helping prevent a candy tax from being introduced in the state.

NCA’s Advocate of the Year Award was established in 2012 and was first presented to Kirk Vashaw of Spangler Candy Company. Other past recipients include Pierson Clair (2015) and Mitchell Goetze (2013), said the company.