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William Ball to Leave American Beverage Association
WASHINGTON, DC - American Beverage Association President William L. Ball, III, today announced his intent to resign his position as the association’s fifth president effective March 1, 2005 to consider opportunities that have arisen in the public and private sectors.
“The responsibility of leading this organization and its extraordinary people since 1989 has been a privilege for me. I especially have enjoyed the opportunity to work with so many memorable industry leaders, state association colleagues from around the country and the highly skilled and talented staff serving here in Washington,” Ball said.
“I will take with me lasting memories of our accomplishments together along with many friendships that are sure to endure. But after 15 rewarding years, I am looking forward to tackling some new challenges,” he concluded.
American Beverage Association Board Chairman Ralph Crowley, President and CEO of Polar Beverages in Worcester, MA, said, “Speaking for the Board of Directors and the broader association membership, it is with a sense of profound regret that we accept Will Ball’s resignation. His strong leadership, expertise in Washington and his personal charm have been real assets to this industry. We wish him nothing but the best in his future endeavors.”Ball was appointed president of the National Soft Drink Association in October 1989. Prior to that he had served in several positions in the Reagan Administration, including Assistant Secretary of State, director of the White House Legislative office and Secretary of the Navy.
Jim Finkelstein, formerly executive vice president of the association, will serve as acting president while the search for Ball’s successor is conducted.
Last November the association changed its name to the American Beverage Association.
The American Beverage Association is the trade association representing the broad spectrum of companies that manufacture and distribute non-alcoholic beverages in the United States .