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GMA Recognizes Shelley Doak with 2015 Excellence in Government Affairs Award

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Roger Lowe

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WASHINGTON, DC – The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) today presented Shelley Doak, executive director of the Maine Grocers and Food Producers Association, with GMA’s 2015 Excellence in Government Affairs Award.

Established in 1997, the annual award is given to an exceptional state association executive in recognition of their work to advance public policy initiatives in state and local jurisdictions on behalf of food, beverage and consumer products manufacturers and their retail trading partners. Doak was recognized during the Food Industry Association Executives 88th Annual Convention in Savannah, Georgia.

“Shelley leads the way in advocating for a healthy business environment for Maine food producers and her knowledge of the legislative and regulatory landscape and the players that shape the process in Maine has been indispensable,” said Mandy Hagan, vice president of state affairs and grassroots for GMA. “Her work on behalf of the goals and objectives of her membership has consistently been of exceptional importance to GMA’s membership.” 

Doak, who joined the  Maine Grocers and Food Producers Association in 2008, began her career in the private sector, then served Maine in various state government roles including 11 years as Director of the Division of Animal Health & Industry at the Department of Agriculture, Food & Rural Resources. In 2014, Doak was inducted into the Griffin Report’s Women of Influence in the Food Industry.

Previous honorees of the GMA Excellence in Government Affairs Award include Michael E. Rosen of the Food Industry Alliance of New York State (FIA), Linda Doherty of the New Jersey Food Council, Stan Sorkin of the Connecticut Food Association and Ronnie Volkening of the Texas Retailers Association.


Based in Washington, D.C., the Grocery Manufacturers Association is the voice of more than 300 leading food, beverage and consumer product companies that sustain and enhance the quality of life for hundreds of millions of people in the United States and around the globe.

Founded in 1908, GMA is an active, vocal advocate for its member companies and a trusted source of information about the industry and the products consumers rely on and enjoy every day.  The association and its member companies are committed to meeting the needs of consumers through product innovation, responsible business practices and effective public policy solutions developed through a genuine partnership with policymakers and other stakeholders.

In keeping with its founding principles, GMA helps its members produce safe products through a strong and ongoing commitment to scientific research, testing and evaluation and to providing consumers with the products, tools and information they need to achieve a healthy diet and an active lifestyle.  The food, beverage and consumer packaged goods industry in the United States generates sales of $2.1 trillion annually, employs 14 million workers and contributes $1 trillion in added value to the economy every year. For more information visit