NSF and Paragon Partner to Develop Next Generation of Food Industry Leaders

October Forum to Leverage the Talents of Industry Leaders and Discuss Food Industry Challenges

ANN ARBOR & NOVI, Mich. – NSF International, a not-for-profit public health and safety organization, has partnered with Paragon Leadership International, a Michigan-headquartered leadership development firm, to launch a new series of food safety leadership forums –– The Food Epprentice Experience.™

Paragon Leadership created the Food Epprentice Experience ™ to further develop the talents and social contribution of the state’s best and brightest future food industry leaders. Participants will collaborate to create sustainable, innovative solutions to critical challenges such as: increasing public knowledge of safe food handling procedures; expanding agriculture as an economic driver in Michigan; increasing the supply of locally-produced, nutritious food to Michigan food banks; and creating workplace strategies to reduce childhood obesity.

“Developing future leaders with a purpose is our company’s purpose,” says Janice Krupic, CEO of Paragon Leadership. “We are excited to be partnering with NSF International, as they possess the leadership and expertise to drive solutions from ideas to real change within the industry.”

The first one-day forum will take place on Thursday, October 1st, 2009 from 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM at NSF International Headquarters. NSF is located at 789 N. Dixboro Road, Ann Arbor, MI, 48105.

“We see a lot of opportunities for growth in Michigan’s 2nd largest industry – food & agriculture,” said Kristen Holt, Senior Vice President, NSF Food Safety & Quality Programs. “This initiative will bring together Michigan's next generation of food industry leaders to discuss and develop solutions that will boost the safety of our food supply and foster economic growth.”

We invite businesses to select emerging leaders within their organization and encourage them to register at: http://www.paragon-lead.com/food/. Additional Food Epprentice partners include Michigan Farm Bureau, Food Bank Council of Michigan and Michigan Nutrition Network.

To learn more about the Food Epprentice Experience and other initiatives Paragon is launching in the Food and Energy/Environment sectors to help drive the future face of leadership and boost our economy, visit www.paragon-lead.com or call 877.264.6200.

About Paragon Leadership International: Paragon Leadership International (www.paragon-lead.com) is a leadership coaching and consulting firm that specializes in innovative development solutions for leaders of all levels. With emphasis in the Food & Beverage, and Environment & Energy sectors, Paragon is committed to developing the future face of leadership. Paragon is also passionate about exemplifying social responsibility and has a long-standing successful track record of creating and supporting leadership initiatives that directly impact critical social causes.

About NSF International: NSF International, an independent, not-for-profit organization, helps protect you by certifying products and writing standards for food, water and consumer goods (www.nsf.org). Founded in 1944, NSF is committed to protecting public health and safety worldwide. NSF is a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Food and Water Safety and Indoor Environment. Additional services include safety audits for the food and water industries, management systems registrations delivered through NSF International Strategic Registrations, organic certification provided by Quality Assurance International and education through the NSF Center for Public Health Education.

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