Alan is not retiring but has stepped down from his active role in the Federation. He received a Lifetime Achievement Award from chairman Francis Ball at the FWD's annual dinner last month.
Steve Parfett of wholesaler Parfett's said: "Alan famously dreamt up the concept of MSYS on a beach in Corsica."
Leicester retailer Raj Aggarwal, a member of the MSYS planning group, said: "No one has had such enthusiasm to drive MSYS and our businesses and put it where it is today."
And Yorkshire retailer Lionel Cashin added: "Alan has always been his own man and our whole industry is in his debt."