Category Archives: Director’s Chair

Let’s Try and Try Again

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What if we were all a bit more patient, or kind? I’m not picturing a worldwide hug, but recent events and conversations reminded me that looking for things to agree upon rather than squaring off in disagreement builds connection. Those connections lead to better—well, everything from policy to neighborhood harmony. And one of the kindest, Continue Reading

Happy Anniversary Philly Tax–You Lost 1,192 Jobs & Slashed GDP by $80 Million!

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Not all anniversaries commemorate happy events laden with purple prose and red roses. Some anniversaries force people to look at negative things and their very real consequences. The anniversary of Philadelphia’s beverage tax, dropped on its citizens in January 2017 by political fiat not popular vote, can’t be celebrated. It can however serve as a Continue Reading

Goodbye 2017

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I will step into the usual December cliché and tell you that this year has been hectic. But the word hectic doesn’t really capture all that our Ohio members have done. It also doesn’t convey how extraordinary it is when rivals who live to beat one another in sales join forces for something bigger than Continue Reading

New Adventures Ahead for Steuber

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Norb’s presidency has smoothed the path for significant initiatives and challenges for OSDA and me in 2017. With his combination of industry knowledge, team outlook and diplomatic skills, Norb spearheaded the Balance Calories Ohio rollout. This project brought all of his lessons into focus for me. We had significant work to do in a cross-section Continue Reading

Giving Veterans A Way Forward

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Recently, our members have given time and talent to special veterans’ events. From a terrific USO / Kroger / Coca-Cola sponsored “Message in a Bottle” gathering, to a resource fair attended by Pepsi and Dr Pepper members, these efforts have me thinking more about the often invisible struggles of our veterans and their families. For Continue Reading

New Ohio Program Aims to Create Real, Lasting Change Through Balance

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As a mom, I’m always striving to find balance. So I’m especially proud that our industry is working to provide resources and products to help families like mine. At America’s beverage companies, we’re driving toward real change to help people find balance by reducing their sugar. Through the Balance Calories Initiative, the single-largest voluntary effort Continue Reading

Leadership on Driver Shortages

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Recently I had a chance to testify in support of legislation that would help with commercial truck driver shortages. HB 154, proposed by Representatives Ryan Smith and Nathan Manning, would set aside $5 million to provide grants and loans for students to attend truck driving school. For an industry like mine, this is welcome news Continue Reading

Legislative Day 2017

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Our most visible event is the annual OSDA Advocacy Day. This year, over 100 beverage industry ambassadors briefed legislators on pertinent industry facts and issues. Although scheduling appointments with individual legislative offices is staff intensive, we believe it maximizes member time in Columbus. These conversations are important, visible first steps in establishing and maintaining relationships Continue Reading

Beverage Taxes As Job Killers: Philly Pain Continues

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As my colleagues around the country grapple with beverage tax threats, I think a little perspective and a large dose of reality is in order. Some government bureaucrats tout “soda taxes” as a quick way to make people healthier while fattening government coffers. When you really look at these claims, their arguments fall apart, consumers Continue Reading

Finding Balance

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This post is not about setting resolutions or losing those stubborn last 10 lbs. on the latest “foolproof” diet plan. Nor is it another restatement of the obvious: obesity is a serious problem in this country. And in a complete departure from sensationalized news stories on obesity, I will not single out a product, industry Continue Reading