Delgado Introduces Nels Leader of Bread Alone Bakery before House Committee on Small Business

May 8, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – This morning, Congressman Antonio Delgado (NY-19) delivered the following remarks during the House Committee on Small Business hearing, “Honoring the Nation’s Small Business Heroes” to introduce Kingston resident, Nels Leader, Vice President of Bread Alone Bakery. Below is a video of his introduction and a transcript of his remarks:

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“Thank you, Madam Chairwoman [Nydia Velázquez].

“I am thrilled to introduce my friend and an exemplary small business owner from New York Nineteen, Nels Leader, Vice President of Bread Alone Bakery as he testifies about the economic success and sustainable business practices of Bread Alone Bakery in Kingston, New York.

“In 1983, Daniel Leader, Nels’ Father, moved to the Catskill Mountains and started a small business baking naturally-fermented, artisan breads he sold out of the trunk of the family station wagon. Today, Bread Alone Bakery has grown to four locations across Hudson Valley and the Catskill Mountains, to farmers markets, and to dozens of retailers across New York State.

“Under Nels’ leadership, Bread Alone has expanded, and maintained its commitment to certified organic artisan bread and to our planet. The Leader family kicked off their 35th year in business in 2018 by launching a solar array on the roof of their headquarters in Kingston, and last year at least twenty-five percent of Bread Alone’s energy came from the sun.

“In addition to serving as Vice President of the family business, Nels is a trained Climate Leader for Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project, and a lecturer at the M.B.A. in Sustainability program at Bard College in New York Nineteen.

“Nels Leader is also a community leader in Hudson Valley and the Catskills as he serves on the board of Woodstock Land Conservancy and Farm Ferments. Nels holds a B.A. in economics from Colby College and a M.B.A. from NYU’s Stern School of Business.

“The engine of New York Nineteen’s economy is the work of small businesses and farms. As we join to celebrate Small Business Week, I am proud to host Nels Leader and highlight the example of Bread Alone, an innovative small business that continues to improve while honoring their family roots.

“Good to have you here. I yield back, madam Chairwoman.”