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NMPF Bids Farewell to Two Staff Members, Welcomes a Third

October 6, 2012

NMPF Bids Farewell to Two Staff Members, Welcomes a Third

After serving NMPF for over a decade in a number of capacities, Roger Cryan, Vice President of Milk Marketing & Economics, has left the organization to rejoin the AMS Dairy Programs staff at USDA from which he came nearly 12 years ago.

Cryan is most known to the membership for his invaluable work on Federal Milk Marketing Order developments and other issues pertaining to economic policy. He has been a steadfast advocate for dairy producer interests, and his keen insight and wide knowledge of milk marketing in the U.S. will be missed, according to NMPF President and CEO Jerry Kozak.

In his new position, Cryan will assume the office of Director, Economics Division, Dairy Programs, where he will manage the Economic Analysis Branch, Market Information Branch and Dairy Market News Office, among additional duties.

In the near term, Cryan’s duties will be divided among existing staff. An assessment of the future direction of this position is now underway.

Meanwhile, David Hickey, Director of Government Relations, has also left NMPF to join his family’s business venture, a global consulting firm specializing in corporate facilities relocation and site selection.

After joining the staff in early 2010 to work as a lobbyist on dairy policy, Hickey established himself as an in-house expert on environmental, energy, and other issues. His prior experience on Capitol Hill and at the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture proved useful in promoting the interests of the NMPF membership.

To fill Hickey's position, John Hollay (above left) will be joining NMPF on Monday, May 7th, as the new Director of Government Relations. Hollay will be coming from Connecticut Congressman Joe Courtney’s staff, where he served as Legislative Assistant with responsibilities for issue areas pertaining to dairy policy, general agriculture, energy, environment, and labor. He was also the lead Congressional staffer on the re-establishment of the Dairy Farmer Caucus on Capitol Hill. Hollay will be introduced to the NMPF membership at the upcoming Board of Directors and YC meeting in June.

Starting Monday, Hollay will be reachable at