Mission Statement

To ensure independent, community-focused retailers the opportunity to succeed and better serve the consumer through its policies, advocacy, programs, and services.

NSA Florida Chapter purpose is to represent the membership through legislative and regulatory efforts with an effective government relations program, to be the resource for industry education and communication, to work with industry partners and alliances to best serve the membership.

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NSA Florida Executive Vice President Message:

Just a few years ago, the NSA Florida Chapter was formed by a small group of friends who had enormous vision.   We worked together harmoniously, and in just four years after inception, our vision has become a reality.  2014 has been a great success for us.  As we have continued to grow the organization organically, the NSA has become larger and stronger.  We value with gratitude the recognition and respect that has been presented to us by the industry.  Our members work diligently to create jobs and to innovate and reinvent the supermarket business in the Florida marketplace.

Our valued sponsors here today prove to us and to the communities we serve that they are committed to the independent retailer.   I would like to thank our sponsors for supporting us, year after year and for growing our partnership.   I commend you for understanding the key role that independents play in the local economy.

I want to personally thank our members, our Board of Directors and our Executive Secretary Damaris Mateo for all the support given to help the organization reach its goals. By adding our first DSD Trade Show to the already successful Golf Tournament and Gala, we had a record year to make an even greater impact on the communities we serve.

We started 2014 after the most successful Gala in our three short years.  The energy from the Gala rolled into the Golf Tournament and Scholarship Ceremony.  With the highest participation in our tournament history, we were able to award $52,000 in scholarships and enjoy a great day of golf at the Westin Hills Country Club.  Awarding the scholarships to the kids from our communities is by far, our most rewarding event and where all the hard work from prior events comes to fruition. With the support of the vendor community, we have grown the annual scholarship dollars by an amazing 70% since the first year.  The NSA remains focused on supporting community programs through its local independent supermarket membership.

As I start my second term as Executive Vice President, our President David Corona’s tenure comes to an end. I want to thank David for his four years of hard work and dedication to the National Supermarket Association.  We appreciate the guidance and trust given to the Florida Chapter. David leaves behind a culture of Respect, Commitment and Vision that we promise to carry on.

The National Supermarket Association is committed to making our communities positively different.  We thank you and ask for your continued support. United we create a brighter future.

Carlos Hernandez
NSA Florida Executive Vice President