Central Penn Business Journal has recognized Alex Baloga, president and CEO of the Pennsylvania Food Merchants Association, as a Forty Under 40 recipient.
Forty Under 40 recognizes professionals 40 years of age and younger who have been successful in the Central Pennsylvania area. Honorees, chosen by the editors and publisher of the Central Penn Business Journal, were selected based on professional accomplishments, community service and commitment to inspiring change.
“The 2022 Forty Under 40 honorees represent the future of Central Pennsylvania. They have achieved professional success and are making significant contributions to our community and inspire change," said Suzanne Fischer-Huettner, senior group publisher of the Central Penn Business Journal. “We at the Central Penn Business Journal congratulate them and look forward to their future accomplishments.”
Baloga works as a leader in Pennsylvania’s food and beverage retail industries and in the communities served by PFMA’s 800-plus member companies. He became the association’s president at just 33 years old, working closely with the PFMA Board of Directors on initiatives like preventing food insecurity, combating illicit trade, supporting adult beverage reform and more.
“I’m thrilled and humbled to earn this recognition from the Central Penn Business Journal alongside so many accomplished professionals in the Midstate,” Baloga said. “This is an industry that impacts everyone. I’m proud of our accomplishments at PFMA and look forward to further advancing food retail initiatives in Pennsylvania.”
Baloga represents PFMA on several boards, including the Classification and Ratings Committee for the Pennsylvania Compensation Rating Bureau, Underground Storage Tank Indemnification Fund, Food Industry Association Executives Board of Directors, Pennsylvania Dairymen's Association Board of Directors, NACS Legislative Committee and Pennsylvania Lottery Sales Advisory Council.
He previously was recognized on the 40 Under 40 list for City & State PA and The Griffin Report. He also earned the 2018 Excellent in Government Affairs Award from the Grocery Manufacturers Association and was named to City & State PA 2022 Pennsylvania Agriculture Power 100.
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Erica Koup Logsdon, Director of Communications and Media Relations