July 17, 2019


Board of Directors Announcement of Executive Director Transition

It is with a mix of sadness and gratitude that the NICA Board of Directors announces Michelle Card’s transition as Executive Director to Comptroller due to personal medical reasons.

From Kathy Ross, President, NICA:

It is with a mix of sadness and gratitude that the Board of Directors announces Michelle Card’s transition as Executive Director of NICA to Comptroller, effective August 19, 2019. Since 2016, Michelle has played a critical role in the success of the organization.  While we will miss her and her inspiring leadership, we are appreciative that she will remain with the organization as Comptroller.  We want to thank her for the 3 years of dedicated service which involved many significant accomplishments.

Rey O’Day has graciously agreed to once again, step in as Interim Executive Director and will work closely with Michelle and the Board of Directors for the foreseeable future. Rey has been a loyal and dedicated servant to NICA for over a decade and will continue to inspire and guide the organization towards continued successes.

Again, we cannot thank Michelle enough for the dedication, passion, enthusiasm and motivation she has given NICA over the past 3 years. She will be greatly missed by the staff, Board, members and partners alike in the role of Executive Director.  If you have any questions or concerns during this transition process, please do not hesitate to reach out to me directly at


Kathy Ross, CCE, President, Board of Directors, NICA

From Michelle Card, Executive Director, NICA:

After 3 years with NICA, I recently submitted my resignation to the NICA Board in order to concentrate on my health.  While I have a mix of emotions as I move into this next chapter of my life, as the Comptroller of NICA, I will be able to continue in the work that has become so important to me: helping concessionaires and working in a fantastic industry.  The decision for my transition did not come easily as I am extremely proud of all that the entire NICA staff, board and members have accomplished during the past three years and hold dear to my heart the relationships I’ve built during my time as Executive Director.

I want to give my deepest gratitude to all who have been so supportive of the organization and of me personally over the years: staff, board members, and, of course, our partners, IAFE, IFEA, OABA, WFA, SLA, Mid-West Fairs, First Data, Fare Foods, Sysco, Source1 Purchasing, Coca-Cola and  PepsiCo. Without you, the organization would not be as strong and vibrant as it is. I am so honored to have been the leader of this incredible organization and will watch with much excitement and anticipation as it makes strides in supporting concessionaires.

All my best,

Michelle Card, Executive Director, NICA