David L. McCorkle served as PFMA's executive director, government and public relations director from 1982-1986. He was appointed president and CEO in 1987. Prior to joining PFMA, he worked in Pennsylvania Governor Richard Thornburgh's administration.
He has actively served on the board of trustees for the Food Marketing Institute, the National Grocers Association and as chair of Food Industry Association Executives. He served as chairman of the Pennsylvania Resources Council, a statewide citizen's environmental organization, from 1996-1998 and continues to serve as a director. He also served as a board member and chair of the Pennsylvania Dairy Stakeholders from 1998-2006, and co-chaired the United Negro College Fund in Central Pennsylvania. He has served the United Way of the Capital Region in various capacities since 1980 and served on the board of Goodwill Industries of Central Pennsylvania from 1996-2006. In addition, he currently serves as Vice President of the Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful board of directors.
He received a master's degree from John Carroll University and holds a B.S. degree from Bucknell University.
Vice President of External Relations — Alex Baloga
Alex Baloga is vice president of external relations. He joined PFMA in 2013 as director of government relations. He was promoted to director of government and public relations in 2014 and to vice president of external relations in 2015. He leads PFMA’s government relations efforts at the local, state and federal level. He also manages our federal, state and Philadelphia Food PACs along with PFMA’s Legislative, Pharmacy and WIC Stakeholder’s Committees.
Baloga most recently served as deputy finance director for Robert P. Casey’s re-election campaign for U.S. Senator, where he directed the fund raising activities in central Pennsylvania. He has extensive contacts from his experience as an associate lobbyist for Greenlee Partners, LLC, a premier government relations firm with offices in Harrisburg, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.
In addition, he worked in U.S. Senator Bob Casey’s Government office as a regional field manager, serving as the senator’s liaison to government, community and constituent groups in central Pennsylvania; monitoring local issues and developments, and representing Senator Casey at civic meetings and community events.
Baloga earned his bachelor’s degree in History with a specialty in Political Science from West Virginia University. Additionally, he is working to attain his certification in association management from the American Society of Association Executives.
Director of Membership Development — Gary Lauer
Gary Lauer joined PFMA in February 2015 as director of membership development. He is responsible for growing the association's retail and associate membership and providing outreach to current members.
Lauer worked for Associated Wholesalers Inc. (AWI), now C&S Wholesale Grocers, for 15 years where he served as director of retail development. At AWI, Lauer worked closely with independent retailers to help plan their business growth and succession.
Before joining AWI, he worked at wholesaler Fleming Foods (formerly Scrivner and P.A. & S Small Company) for 29 years. During his tenure he worked his way through positions such as retail management trainee, head buyer, director of merchandising, director of sales and division president.
He represented AWI on the PFMA board and Pennsylvania Convenience Store Council executive committee.
Lauer is a graduate of Saint Joseph’s University Academy of Food Marketing and he earned his MBA from York College of Pennsylvania.
Director of Communications & Media Relations — Elizabeth Peroni
Elizabeth Peroni joined the PFMA staff in 1994 as a communications specialist. Promoted to director of communications and media relations in 2000, she is responsible for the association’s overall communications efforts, including its print, digital and online communications. She works with Steve Neidlinger to produce the association’s monthly newsletter — The Spectrum.
Peroni attends industry events and store openings and writes about them in the newsletter. In addition, she supports the association’s business subsidiaries by producing their print and online marketing materials.
She currently serves on the board of directors for the Mid-Atlantic Food Trades Organization (MAFTO). She earned her bachelor’s degree in Journalism from West Virginia University.
Manager of Legislative Affairs — Steve Neidlinger, CAE
Steve Neidlinger, CAE, joined PFMA as Manager of Legislative Affairs in April 2015. He is responsible for convening PFMA's Loss Prevention, Fuels and Food Safety committees, supporting PFMA’s legislative agenda and responding to regulatory inquiries of PFMA members.
Neidlinger has more than 15 years of association experience. Prior to joining PFMA, he held membership and marketing positions at the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association and the Rehabilitation and Community Providers Association, as well as government relations positions at the Pennsylvania Chemical Industry Council, Pennsylvania Homecare Association and Pennsylvania Dental Association.
Neidlinger received his bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Pittsburgh and is a Certified Association Executive through the American Society of Association Executives.
Executive Assistant — Jennifer Hamelin
Jennifer Hamelin joined the association in 1992 as a data entry clerk for MEMO. She held several positions in MEMO including Administrative Assistant to Tanya Butler, president of MEMO Financial Services, Inc., before becoming a compliance analyst where she monitored money order clearings and filed Suspicious Activity Reports with the IRS. She left the association in January 2010 to focus on her growing family and returned to PFMA as an Administrative Assistant in 2011.
Jennifer has an excellent customer service background and handles multiple tasks delegated by different associates in the Government Relations department as well as accounting. She handles PFMA membership inquiries and transactions as well as the administration of the Thomas R. and Laura Ridge Scholarship program.
Jennifer is a notary and has been a member of PAN since 2000.
Counsel to the PFMA Board of Directors — Gerald Kupris, Esq.
Gerald "Jerry" Kupris recently finished his 28th year leading the Pennsylvania Distributors Association (PDA) and 38 years of industry involvement, having worked 10 years previously for the Tobacco Institute. He joined the PFMA staff in May 2016 as counsel to the PFMA Board of Directors as PDA and PFMA officially combined into one cohesive and efficient unit. He continues to serve as PDA's President until the end of this year and will work with PFMA and PDA members to ensure a smooth transition and provide counsel on issues impacting the industry.
During his tenure at the PDA helm, he served the association of family and corporate members in association management, lobbying, government and public relations, convention and seminar programming, legislative and regulatory agency liaison, coalition building, policy formation, board interaction and more.
He is especially proud of his efforts to draft and pass legislation to assist PDA members, including the Unfair Cigarette Sales Act; assisting with the youth access to tobacco issue, and acting as a facilitator for members to become more active in the community and political aspects of their businesses.
Jerry says he lives by these words: “He serves best who serves unnoticed; he serves best who is all things to all people for the betterment of all.”