Susan McAleavey Sarlund to succeed John McAleavey as NYAA’s Northeast account manager

The McAleavey dynasty is beginning a new chapter in the New York state apple industry.

Susan McAleavey Sarlund has been named Northeast account manager for the New York Apple Association (NYAA), succeeding her father and New York apple industry icon John McAleavey in that position.

McAleavey Sarlund previously served as NYAA’s retail account associate for metro New York and the tri-state area, working with her father. John McAleavey, Jr., McAleavey Sarlund’s brother, will continue to assist the retail account team.

“I have had the pleasure of working with Susie and John, Jr., for a number of years. Both often attended meetings and trade shows with their dad, and have had plenty of experience in the trade,” said NYAA President Jim Allen. “We are looking forward to this next generation’s ideas and energy.”

“I am grateful and excited about the opportunity to succeed my father as Northeast account manager for NYAA,” said McAleavey Sarlund. “John, Sr., was all about building and fostering relationships. John Jr. and I look forward to continuing the relationships he forged, and to serving the needs of the retail trade and the apple growers of the great state of New York.”

McAleavey Sarlund also serves as executive director of the Eastern Produce Council, having previously assisted her father in that position. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications from Boston College, and a master’s degree in business administration from Fairleigh Dickinson University. She has held various sales and marketing positions with companies including Nabisco and Hilton Hotels, and in the investment industry.

McAleavey, Jr., holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in American studies from Providence College. His work experience includes positions with Eastern Produce Council, Nabisco, T. Marzetti Co and the New Jersey Nets. He also blogs about sports and coaches boys’ basketball.

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