Proudly lead by our Board of Directors
The CMAA is governed by its Board of Directors which includes representation from the trading and importing communities as well as processors, branded companies and service providers.
THOMAS P. HOGAN
Chairman of the Board
Vice-Chairman of the Board
HUGO VAN DER GOES
Committees & Membership
CMAA has a strong and active network of members representing companies coming together as a community to discuss and solve various issues that arise from time to time throughout the industry. CMAA relies on the expertise of its members through participation committees.
A brief overlook at CMAA's development timeline
The Cocoa Merchants’ Association of America, Inc., (CMAA) was founded in 1924 by Isaac Witkin on the floor of the original New York Cocoa Exchange located at 1 Wall Street Court, New York City and focused on bringing companies within the small cocoa trading community together. CMAA contracts were composed and our longest standing tradition was organized - the CMAA Annual Golf Outing.
In the early 1980’s Johann J. Scheu took over the operations of the CMAA. He started his cocoa and chocolate career at Nestle in Switzerland and was considered the leading cocoa expert in the industry. Under Hans’ direction, CMAA navigated through one of the biggest regulatory challenges faced by the industry. Seeing a need to transform the role of CMAA, Hans, in coordination with the U.S. FDA, developed the framework for our flagship Warehouse Inspection Program. This program continues today as a recognized industry standard and its creation set CMAA on a new path of service to the industry.
After Hans’ his retirement, the Board of Directors took up the mantle of their association. Building on Hans’ vision, the CMAA has developed into the leading organization in proving guidance and solutions in the ever-changing regulatory environment. The CMAA has struck the fine balance of maintaining a history of pre-competitive collaboration and expanding our influence that has attracted an expanded and diverse membership.
In 2004 the CMAA moved back to its roots to the New York Board of Trade (NYBOT), which was formerly known as the Coffee, Cocoa and Sugar Exchange and New York Cocoa Exchange. After the Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) acquisition of NYBOT in 2007, ICE became the center of global trading in “soft” commodities. CMAA preserved its relationship and to this day enjoys a strong working relationship with ICE.
CMAA maintains its identity as the only cocoa organization that focuses on importing, trading and logistics needs of the U.S. cocoa industry.