SENPA Awards

During our Annual Business Meetings, SENPA has been honored to present the prestigious Presidents’ Award, which recognizes an individual or company within the natural-products industry. The President submits his/her choice to the Board of Directors for approval. Winners must meet these requirements:

  • Must have made long-time (10 years or more) contributions – above and beyond commercial success
  • May work in any field (i.e. political/legislative, environmental, scientific, etc.)
  • Do not currently serve on SENPA’s Board of Directors or Executive Committee

2020- Frances Drennen

Frances and Earl Drennen opened Manna Grocery and Deli in Tuscaloosa on April 29, 1980. Frances Drennen’ s desire to open a natural foods store came from a need to provide a service to the community that did not exist along with providing the best selection of natural foods and dietary supplements available. This past April Manna Grocery celebrated…
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HOWARD WAINER, 2019 SENPA Presidents’ Award Winner

2019 – Howard Wainer

As he is affectionally called “Howie” was born in Brooklyn and even though he left, he has remained a Brooklyn boy at heart. He is a born salesman, having worked for Women’s Wear Daily, as well as other magazines in different industries and even sold City bus advertising. He has so many stories to tell. Howard moved to…
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Carylene Walker, 2018 SENPA Presidents’ Award Winner

2018 – Carylene Walker

Carylene’s immersion into the natural products industry started with working in, and then owning, the family business that started in 1950.  Her services with SENPA and SOHO started in 1974 when she was elected as Secretary.  She served tirelessly as volunteer Secretary and SOHO show director until 1988, when she became the first full-time staff…
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John Kacsan, 2017 SENPA Presidents’ Award Winner

2017 – John Kacsan

John lives in Jacksonville, Florida where he resides with his lovely wife, Linda. Linda & John have two sons, Brian and Travis. Brian lives in Jacksonville area with his wife, Tanya, their son, Brian, and their daughter, Sarah. Jr. Travis lives also lives in the Jacksonville area as well. John was born in McKeesport, Pennsylvania.…
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Scott Bass, 2015 SENPA Presidents’ Award Winner

2015 – Scott Bass

Scott is ranked internationally among the top authorities on FDA-related enforcement and regulatory issues, and coordinates pharmaceutical, medical device, food and dietary supplement matters in the United States, Europe and Asia. He has led audits and investigations involving off-label promotion, pharmacovigilance, PDMA, GMP, and fraud and abuse issues, and handled many FTC investigations. Scott has…
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Jay Jacobowitz, 2016 SENPA Presidents’ Award Winner

2016 – Jay Jacobowitz

Jay Jacobowitz is president of Retail Insights®, natural products industry consultant, and creator of Natural Insights for Well Being®, a consumer marketing service exclusively for independent natural products retailers. With 39 years of industry experience, Jay has helped develop over 1,000 successful natural products retail stores in the U.S. and abroad. Jay is a popular…
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