Prior to his appointment as NAMA’s President, Mr. McCarthy served as the President and CEO of the Snack Food Association (SFA) for fourteen years. SFA, now known as SNACi, is the international association representing the snack food industry before government in Washington, D.C. and throughout the country. Mr. McCarthy lead the association’s efforts to defeat snack taxes in various states among other important issues to the industry. Before joining SFA, McCarthy had served as Director of Government Affairs for the National Food Processors Association, Government Relations Assistant for Hershey Foods Corporation and as a Legislative Correspondent for the United States Senate Subcommittee on Federal Spending Practices.
In the six years since Mr. McCarthy has been President of NAMA, the association has approved and implemented the association’s first Strategic Plan, updated the association’s By-Laws, revised and updated the association’s accounting procedures and moved the association’s headquarters’ offices to improved space in near-by Arlington, Virginia. The Strategic Plan, has focused the association on three major pillars: 1. Food Safety, 2. Nutrition, and 3. Supply Chain. NAMA is very active in technical, regulatory and legislative issues associated with the three pillars of the association’s Strategic Plan under McCarthy’s leadership.
Mr. McCarthy received his Juris Doctor degree from the Columbus School of Law at Catholic University of America, his Masters of Business Administration from the Kogod School of Business at The American University and his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Boston University.
Mr. McCarthy is a member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Committee of 100 trade association presidents, the American Society of Association Executives’ Key Industry Association Committee, and the Corporate Advisory Board of So Others Might Eat, in Washington, D.C. McCarthy was named the recipient of the National Service to Youth Award by the Boys and Girls Club of the Greater Washington Area, was elected to serve as an Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner in Georgetown, Washington D.C., and was named among the “Top Most Influential Trade Association CEOs” by the Washingtonian Magazine.