Tipton joined the staff of the Milk Industry Foundation and the International Ice Cream Association in May of 1981, before IDFA existed. In 1990, she and her late husband, Tip Tipton, formed IDFA as the umbrella organization for the Milk Industry Foundation, the International Ice Cream Association, and the National Cheese Institute, and successfully pushed for passage of legislation in the 1990 Farm Bill that established the Milk Processor Education Program (MilkPEP).
Named IDFA vice president in 1989, Tipton was promoted to senior vice president in 1994 and to senior group vice president in 1999. She was promoted to executive vice president in January 2003 and took over as IDFA’s president and CEO the following year. Since joining the dairy associations, Tipton has managed activities in virtually every area, including legislative and international affairs, economic policy analysis, communications and public relations, marketing programs, education and training, trade shows, and office management. She was also involved in strategy, policy, and budgeting for the overall management of the organizations.
A transition committee of six executives from IDFA member companies will oversee the process for selecting the association’s next leader. Both internal and external candidates will be considered, Tipton said.
Connie Tipton, the president and CEO of the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA), has announced that she will retire at the end of this year. “I have decided to retire at the end of 2016 after 35 fulfilling years representing the dairy foods industry,” said Tipton. “I have had a wonderful career working with this industry and appreciate all of the opportunities I have been given, the friends I have made, and the fun I have had.”