Governance, Leadership & Staff

Our Mission

The National Candle Association (NCA), founded in 1974, is the major trade association representing U.S. candle manufacturers and their suppliers.

The mission of the National Candle Association is to serve and represent its candle manufacturing members of the United States of America and their suppliers, and to promote safe products and a healthy environment for the industry.

Headquartered in Washington, DC, NCA has more than 100 candle manufacturers and suppliers as members, and is widely recognized as the leading technical authority on candle manufacturing, science, and safety.

Governance & Leadership

2020-2021 Officers & Board of Directors

OFFICERS

President

Chris Rakyta

Luminex Home Decor & Fragrance Company

VP / President Elect

Brad Root

Root Candles

Vice President

Steve Horenziak

The Procter & Gamble Co.

Treasurer

John Ragsdale

General Wax & Candle Co.

Immediate past president

Kathy LaVanier

Renegade Candles

Directors

Bruce Campbell

Wicks Unlimited

Kevin Youngberg

Twin City Beekeeping Supply, Inc.

Rush Mauney

GlobalTech Industries, Inc.

Christine Casper

SC Johnson & Son, Inc.

Louis Steigerwald III

Cathedral Candle Co.

Chris Jones

Givaudan Fragrances Corp.

John Cagle

The Yankee Candle Co.

Brad Colclasure

Alene Candles Inc.

Tim Muprhy

Cargill

ASTM Liaison

Robert Moss

S-E-A Limited

COMMITTEE LEADERSHIP

Associates
Committee

Bruce Campbell

Wicks Unlimited

Communications Committee

Charlotte Katona

The Wooden Wick Co.

Membership
Committee

Chris Jones

Givaudan Fragrances Corp.

Conference
Committee

Eileen Hedrick

Symrise

Rob Harrington

Arylessence, Inc.

Expo
Committee

TBD

Issues Mgmt.
Committee

Rob Harrington

Arylessence, Inc.

Technical Response
Committee

Nominating
Committee

Louis Steigerwald III

Cathedral Candle Co.

Trade
Committee

Colton Lazar

General Wax & Candle Company

Rob Harrington

Arylessence, Inc.

NCA Staff

Executive Director

Robert Pignato

PH: 202-591-2492 [email protected]

General Manager

Kristi Johnson

PH: 678-303-3009 [email protected]

Senior Director, Public Affairs

Michael Taylor

PH: 202-207-1113 [email protected]

Communications

Heather Currier

PH: 847-686-2381 [email protected]

Alexandra Ozerkis

PH: 212-297-2134 [email protected]

Manager, Meetings & Expositions

Sean Hewitt

PH: 404-252-3663 [email protected]

Coordinator, Membership Services

Michelle Hall

PH: 678-303-2964 [email protected]