Director of Communications and External Affairs, National Grocers Association
Jim Dudlicek is director of communications and external affairs at the National Grocers Association, a national trade association comprising more than 1,500 members representing the retail and wholesale grocers that make up the independent sector of the food distribution industry. Dudlicek joined NGA in April 2020 after 18 years as a food industry journalist, most recently as editorial director of Progressive Grocer, where he worked for 10 years on the editorial team. Prior to PG, Dudlicek was editor of Dairy Field and Dairy Foods magazines. He spent eight years as a reporter and editor for community newspapers in the Chicago suburbs after graduating from Marquette University in 1994. Dudlicek lives in the northwest suburbs of Chicago with his wife and daughter.