President of Hemp Industries Association Steps Down

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  • The president of HIA has stepped down from her role.
  • The president and company mutually agreed to part ways.
  • HIA’s vice president will take over the position until someone new is elected.

Joy Beckerman, the president of Hemp Industries Association, is stepping down from her role, effective immediately.

The nonprofit group announced today that Beckerman has mutually agreed to step down due to “time constraints and many other responsibilities.” Beckerman is also involved with many other organizations.

Rick Trojan, Hemp Industries Association’s vice president, stated:

“Joy has been an immense asset to the HIA and the hemp industry in general.”

Trojan added that Beckerman’s departure was to ensure the “cohesive execution of upcoming initiatives” for the company and to allow her to focus her efforts on other opportunities.

In the meantime, Trojan will step into the position of president until a new person is elected.

Hidden Conflicts

Beckerman stated later Thursday that she was “surprised and confused by the press release.”

Beckerman also stated that she “didn’t outline anything for anyone’s consideration, for anyone’s permission” before resigning. 

In December of last year, Hemp Industries Association’s executive director, Colleen Keahey Lanier, also stepped down from her position.

HIA is located in Vancouver, Washington and has about 1,500 members.


The news of HIA’s president stepping down came rather abruptly but it seems like it was in the best interest of the company. For now, we can only wait to see who will be elected to replace Beckerman and help steer the company in the appropriate direction.

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