Kissimmee, FL—The Southeast Natural Products Association’s 2012 President’s Award was given to Greg Leonard, executive vice president of independent retail sales for Tree of Life (the business unit of KeHE Distributors, based in Romeoville, IL). Leonard received the award at the 2012 Southeast Natural Products Association Show (SOHO) held here in early December. The award is intended to honor industry members or companies that have “made long-time and notable contributions to the industry above and beyond commercial success.”

During the presentation, Ben Henderson, the immediate past president of the association, spoke about Leonard’s passion for the industry. He said, “Throughout his long career, Greg has been among the visionaries who nurtured a fledgling movement from humble beginnings into the center of the mainstream.”

This is the seventh straight year the President’s Award has been given.

Published in WholeFoods Magazine, February 2013 (online 12/19/12)